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Old 04-24-2012, 10:36 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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And it goes a lot further than packaging. If you live in Quebec, basically every single government service is available in French (federal, provincial, municipal). Passports, tax returns, customs forms, etc. Some government services in Quebec are also available only in French.

Plus, pretty much everything from private enterprise is available in French as well. If you buy a Toyota you can get the owners' manual in French, McDonald's is in French, Microsoft Windows is available in French.

You name it.
Montreal is a great city, but the language and severe winters would turn me off. For those who can put up with the cold, the language keeps Quebec and a lesser extent Montreal islands within a nation.
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Old 04-25-2012, 08:24 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Montreal is a great city, but the language and severe winters would turn me off. For those who can put up with the cold, the language keeps Quebec and a lesser extent Montreal islands within a nation.
Wouldn't most any place in the world be, sort of, "within a nation"?
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Old 04-25-2012, 10:13 AM
 
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Default diversity?

It's interesting that some people who are excited about diversity in accents and dialects, show the opposite attitude when it comes to diversity of languages.
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Old 04-25-2012, 11:51 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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It's interesting that some people who are excited about diversity in accents and dialects, show the opposite attitude when it comes to diversity of languages.
I guess it's because accents and dialects (within a language you already know) are relatively innocuous, non-threatening and in the realm of cuteness.

Entirely different languages are more threatening (to some people anyway), and push them out of their comfort zone and in some cases make them feel stupid or inadequate for not understanding everything/anything that is going on.
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Old 04-25-2012, 09:09 PM
 
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Default langues ètrangers

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I guess it's because accents and dialects (within a language you already know) are relatively innocuous, non-threatening and in the realm of cuteness.

Entirely different languages are more threatening (to some people anyway), and push them out of their comfort zone and in some cases make them feel stupid or inadequate for not understanding everything/anything that is going on.
You're right, although the same people are often very excited about the diversity of the language and love to stress that some accents/dialects are so peculiar they end up not understanding 'em. Thus they could as well be a foreign language.
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Old 04-26-2012, 02:47 AM
 
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I have allowed some leeway here within reason, but the topic here is MONTREAL and what if it was predominantly English today. Please try to stay on track.
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Old 04-26-2012, 02:20 PM
 
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Montreal might be a lot like Boston if it were mostly English.
Large port area
Much cultural diversity
Large historical downtown areas,
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Old 04-30-2012, 10:50 PM
 
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If Montreal was English speaking, well, it wouldn't be the same Montreal it is now. Part of its charm is that French is the main language.

And something else. Montreal is speaking French because of history. It is the same reason Ontario speaks English. If it were majority English speaking, history would have something to do with it.
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