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Old 08-15-2013, 10:41 PM
 
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I'm curious to know, as Ottawa is a very bilingual city and French is important there, Is it easy to end up learning French and being fluent in French just by living in Ottawa? Like being immersed in it and the people speaking it and then end up learning the language fluently? Or would you have to live in Quebec to learn French?
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Old 08-16-2013, 07:24 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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You might pick up some pleasantries (yes, no, please, thank you) and words from signs (entrance, exit, etc.) but overall Ottawa is not an optimal environment to immerse oneself in French.

You won't really pick it up unless you live with francophone roommates or a francophone family and they refrain from switching to English for you. But you could do this anywhere.

On the streets, in shops, malls, buses, bars, restaurants, arenas, parks, etc. in Ottawa it is very predominantly English that you hear.

You have to really go out and make an effort to learn it, via courses and other stuff (cultural and other activities in French are plentiful in Ottawa, and even more plentiful if you include Gatineau).

The opportunities are there. But you have to seek them out. They won't seek you out.
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Old 08-16-2013, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Montreal, Quebec
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You might pick up some pleasantries (yes, no, please, thank you) and words from signs (entrance, exit, etc.) but overall Ottawa is not an optimal environment to immerse oneself in French.

You won't really pick it up unless you live with francophone roommates or a francophone family and they refrain from switching to English for you. But you could do this anywhere.

On the streets, in shops, malls, buses, bars, restaurants, arenas, parks, etc. in Ottawa it is very predominantly English that you hear.

You have to really go out and make an effort to learn it, via courses and other stuff (cultural and other activities in French are plentiful in Ottawa, and even more plentiful if you include Gatineau).

The opportunities are there. But you have to seek them out. They won't seek you out.
I concur. I went to Ottawa recently and while I saw bilingual signs, i didn't hear anyone speaking French.
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Old 08-16-2013, 12:57 PM
 
Location: USA (dying to live in Canada)
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You might pick up some pleasantries (yes, no, please, thank you) and words from signs (entrance, exit, etc.) but overall Ottawa is not an optimal environment to immerse oneself in French.

You won't really pick it up unless you live with francophone roommates or a francophone family and they refrain from switching to English for you. But you could do this anywhere.

On the streets, in shops, malls, buses, bars, restaurants, arenas, parks, etc. in Ottawa it is very predominantly English that you hear.

You have to really go out and make an effort to learn it, via courses and other stuff (cultural and other activities in French are plentiful in Ottawa, and even more plentiful if you include Gatineau).

The opportunities are there. But you have to seek them out. They won't seek you out.
Well said

I learned basic French thru Canadian road signs

Sortie = Exit
Est = East
Nord = North
Sud = South
Ouest = West
Entree intermedite = No entry (unsure of spelling)
Ligne D' Arret = Stop line
Arret = Stop
Pont = Bridge
E.U. = USA
Travaux = Road work (unsure of spelling)
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Old 08-16-2013, 02:27 PM
 
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I'm curious to know, as Ottawa is a very bilingual city and French is important there, Is it easy to end up learning French and being fluent in French just by living in Ottawa? Like being immersed in it and the people speaking it and then end up learning the language fluently? Or would you have to live in Quebec to learn French?
If you are in Ottawa you only have to cross any of the several bridges and you are now in Quebec..
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