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5 Tips To Learning French In Montreal

By Pamela Pierre

Canada is the second largest country in the world with coast to coast oceans, a diverse population with two official languages.

In addition to hundreds of lakes, national parks, poutines it is home to the vibrant city of Montreal. This year Canada celebrates its 150th birthday, #Canada150 and the city of Montreal its 375th year. Now more than ever, is the ideal time visit the second best country in the world.

Head to your favourite cheap ticket site, book your ticket and join us for #Canada150 starting with the city of Montreal. The city of Montreal is situated in the distinct francophone province of Quebec. The cobblestones in Vieux Port and the busy fashion district of Saint Catherine are symbols of the cities diversity, guarantee to impress the most experienced traveler.   

While the cultural richness will impress you, it is the exquisite culinary experience that will leave you in love with the city. The mixture of French Canadian, European influenced and Latin American fusions will tickle your appetite and may even encourage you to parle le français! France isn’t the only place to learn how to say, “Je t’aime” and “J’adore”.

Allow Les Québécois to provide you with a French immersion experience. So whether you are just passing by to sip on a warm and full body merlot for the summer or planting new roots here are 5 easy tips on learning French in Montreal:

  1. Make French friends

One of the easiest ways to get started in learning french in the city is to hang around people who speak french. Not only will they be able to teach you some quick words and sentences to get around. They will also provide you with a support system in your french immersion experience.

2. Take a class

Enrolling in a language class or language program is the traditional and most common way to learn a language. Let’s be honest, it’s expensive, time-consuming and emotionally challenging.  It requires you to be in a room with many students with one instructor with little to no individual tutoring time. While some people prefer this method, many are discouraged by the time consumption and lack of personalized training. This is not the only solution but certainly a good option depending on your language goals and learning style. 

3. Binge watch your favourite shows en Française

For our Netflix fans and binge-watchers, this is actually an option. One of the best ways to learn French is to watch your favourite shows en Français. This way you can follow the content and understand the episode in French You’ll learn new words, phrases and maybe even jokes! What’s sexier than telling jokes in French? Not much! Continue #NetflixandChill while learning French! 

4. Go out and explore

Get out of the apartment, walk around in one of the several boroughs of Montreal and explore the city! Montreal is the perfect city to learn french while walking around and you know why? Because all the signs are written in French! From the second you walk out, you’ll be exposed to French and the dominant Francophone culture. Everything from street names and store fronts is written in French, so by immersing yourself and engaging in the French culture of Montreal is a good measure in living the French immersion experience.

5. Find your learning style

In the end, everyone has a different learning style. Find what works best for you. It might be one of the tips mentioned above, a combination of them or something completely different. Adapt2me offers an innovative online language learning platform and mobile app with individual tutoring. Book a session with one of our expert tutors to help you craft witty French jokes, land your dream job in Montreal or in Europe and add an additional skill to your LinkedIn account. 

No Comments | 14 April, 2017

Culture Shock

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What is culture shock??

As many of us know, Canada is a multicultural country. It is filled with many people coming from all over the world who want to build a better life for themselves and their families.

Culture shock is an experience that a person has when moving to a new country where everything is different from what he or she is used to. People tend to feel disoriented or lost. It takes them a certain amount of time to be able to adjust and adapt to their new world. While adjusting they face issues concerning barriers to language, the usage of technology, professional skills, education.…some tend to feel homesick and do leave. While others feel it but stick it out and proceed to live life in their new country. 

A friend of mine moved to Canada when she was 3 years old and does not imagine ever living somewhere else. While her husband, when he first came to Canada says that he liked it a lot. He was shocked by the abundance of electricity, water, work and education. It was a pleasant surprise to him in the way the government of Canada provides for its residents and citizens and the level of its  multiculturalism.

 In particular, he was surprised by the vibrant culture that is Montreal and its people. The city boasts hundreds of cultures, religions, ethnicities all living in peace. Since moving he has fallen in love with Montreal and Canada and cannot imagine living anywhere else. 

This experience is not as positive for all and some actually experience the reverse. This is explained through the path of someone who migrates to a foreign place to only return to its origins after being away from some time. In the professional world, this experience is described, “the life of an expat”, although, this is usually driven by temporarily to semi-permanent  work opportunities. I, myself, have experienced this.

buy it As a child, I went to live outside Canada. When I return, I felt there were a change and difference in how my city was to me. But within a week, I adjusted to the new world and culture that was my home. I love my city. It is so full of life. It is alive during both the day and night with many attractions for visitors and residents who call Montreal home. 

While we cannot erase the sadness of experiencing culture shock in a new place, we can assist with adjusting to the official languages of Canada, English and French.

Start your new life in Canada right: Register for an account with Adapt2me to become fluent in Canada’s official languages.  See The Benefits of Being Bilingual for reasons to learn both of Canada’s official languages.

Adapt2me, a new approach to building language confidence.

 

No Comments | 01 August, 2016

Le Grand-Prix de Montréal

click here Le Grand-Prix de Montréal est généralement le signal du début des festivités d’été dans la ville de Montréal.   Quoique ce soit devenu un cauchemar de circulation d’automobile pour les résidents de la ville, ça change l’atmosphère de Montréal à une ville de fête. C’est aussi l’occasion pour les amateurs de la course d’auto de rincer l’œil de toutes les célébrités qui seront présentes.

Les restos, les bars, et terrasses vont tout faire pour répondre aux besoins de leurs clients qui seront en plein réseautages, et célébrant avec des amis ou collègues. Si vous voulez faire la fête avec tous les nouveaux arrivés et que vous voulez braver les embouteillages, alors dirigez-vous vers le centre-ville ou le Vieux-Montréal où vous trouverez de nombreuses festivités de plein air à chaque jour menant jusqu’au début de la course ce vendredi.

Alors que vous circulez dans la foule, vous pouvez entendre plusieurs langues étrangères et ce sera une excellente occasion d’élargir votre réseau de personnes d’origines et de langues différentes.  Au cas où ils ne peuvent pas déjà parler anglais ou français, profitez de l’occasion de les approcher et d’offrir à parler des aspects de la ville, qu’ils n’ont pas eu l’occasion d’explorer.

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Voici quelques termes que vous pourriez utiliser:

  • D’où venez-vous?
  • C’est quoi votre nom?
  • Vous êtes dans quel hôtel?
  • Où allez-vous?
  • Vous avez vu la course?
  • Quand allez-vous voir la course?
  • Qu’est-ce que vous avez vu ici?
  • Qui est votre pilote préféré?
  • Qui pensez-vous va gagner?
  • Voulez-vous aller boire un verre?
  • Où puis-je vous joindre?
  • Es-tu sur Skype? Viber? WhatsApp?
  • Comment faire pour se rejoindre?

N‘hésitez pas de regarder sur l’internet pour les nombreuses festivités qui auront lieu dans les quartiers de Peel street, Crescent street, boul St Laurent, le Vieux-Port de Montréal, même Little Italy et NDG seront en pleines formes pour les festivités si vous désirez éviter les foules de touristes.

 

No Comments | 09 June, 2016