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Old 10-15-2016, 06:31 PM
 
Location: Canada
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Is it true that you have to be bilingual to work for the Canadian govt and armed forces? If it is, I think it's a good idea.
You don't have to be, but on the whole both organizations function with a high degree of bilingualism. So you don't need to be bilingual to become an officer in the Canadian Armed Forces, but it's highly advantageous and will help you get promotions. As such, you won't find many above the rank of captain who aren't bilingual. Individual regiments will usually operate in one language or the other, but having all the high level officers bilingual means the military as a whole works together easily. With the federal government, the many positions you'd need to have bilingual individuals in, are in fact occupied by suitably educated bilingual people. Not every position requires this, however. A mail carrier in Vancouver or Chicoutimi does not need to be bilingual and so this is not a requirement of employment. Regardless, they do function properly in practice and language ability of employees is usually not a problem for the organizations to do what they do.
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Old 10-15-2016, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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For Canada a lot of people underestimate it's size.
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Old 10-15-2016, 07:37 PM
 
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I can definitely feel for you there. Some of the generalizations are accurate.Some are true for a significant minority of people and some are just outrageous. I often hear the "sewer hole full of obesity and gun violence" one. There is some truth to that but it depends on which state you live in. I also hear the "no culture and no history" one. Doesn't every place have a culture? The no history one has always confused me. I mean 240 years is a short history but it is still history. I mean why do we have take a US history class in school? I've heard them all before.
history of America existed long before the arrival of the Europeans, anyway.
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Old 10-15-2016, 08:14 PM
 
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history of America existed long before the arrival of the Europeans, anyway.
If you are agreeing with me, thanks for doing so. Every place in the new world has history.
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Old 10-15-2016, 10:26 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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You don't have to be, but on the whole both organizations function with a high degree of bilingualism. So you don't need to be bilingual to become an officer in the Canadian Armed Forces, but it's highly advantageous and will help you get promotions. As such, you won't find many above the rank of captain who aren't bilingual. Individual regiments will usually operate in one language or the other, but having all the high level officers bilingual means the military as a whole works together easily. With the federal government, the many positions you'd need to have bilingual individuals in, are in fact occupied by suitably educated bilingual people. Not every position requires this, however. A mail carrier in Vancouver or Chicoutimi does not need to be bilingual and so this is not a requirement of employment. Regardless, they do function properly in practice and language ability of employees is usually not a problem for the organizations to do what they do.
Good post.

Overall, just under 40% of Canada's federal public service jobs are designated bilingual. About 5% are designated French only and the rest are English only.

No idea about the military though.
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Old 10-15-2016, 10:29 PM
 
Location: Taipei
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yeah, I was kinda referring it to it with the seduction thing, although to be fair I have a hard time understanding what "romantic" means. I have had foreigners telling me that Paris was very romantic, and when I think of Paris I usually think of this:
It's probably the accent. It's really hot.
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Old 10-16-2016, 01:18 AM
 
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^ How do the Taiwanese view HTC lol? Do all of you guys own htc phone and htc vive?
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Old 10-16-2016, 01:21 AM
 
Location: Taipei
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^ How do the Taiwanese view HTC lol? Do all of you guys own htc phone and htc vive?
Some people use it but iPhone and Samsung are more popular. HTC is quite a flop company.
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Old 10-16-2016, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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For Canada a lot of people underestimate it's size.
Before i was 12 i used to think the ranking of countries by land size looked like this (I didn't realize Canada had so many large islands in the far North):

1.USA
2.Russia
3.Canada
4.China
5.Australia


After 12 i became much more interested in geography and found out the official ranking:

1.Russia (would be 7th, if you take away Siberia, which should happen)
2.China
3.Canada
4.USA
5.Brazil
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Old 10-16-2016, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Before i was 12 i used to think the ranking of countries by land size looked like this (I didn't realize Canada had so many large islands in the far North):

1.USA
2.Russia
3.Canada
4.China
5.Australia


After 12 i became much more interested in geography and found out the official ranking:

1.Russia (would be 7th, if you take away Siberia, which should happen)
2.China
3.Canada
4.USA
5.Brazil
Canadians would be shocked by this last ranking as we've always been told we're second largest in the world.
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