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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

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

Montréal living: on Island vs. off Island

 

There is one quirky thing to which any newcomer to Montréal will eventually be exposed:  The idea of living on or off the Island of Montréal.  Those that live on either side of the river always bemoan the idea of travelling to the other shore as if it were a massive undertaking even if they were literally going just to the opposite bank of the Saint Lawrence river – nearly less than 10 minutes by car!  The islanders would prefer to travel the entire length of the island than just cross the river.  And the off-islanders avoid going to the island at all cost.

To an outsider, it might appear odd but there are several valid reasons for this that we will list here.

The islander’s point-of-view

Crossing any of the bridges that give access on or off the island can present a challenge.  The bridges can be blocked for any number of reasons, accident, roadwork, or congestion.  Then, the 10-minute drive could become a 1- or worse a 2-hour drive depending on the severity of the problem.  No islander wants to be stuck trying to get back to the city.  Too often the choices of which bridge to take (or of taking the 1 tunnel) to take to avoid being stuck is limiting given the area’s population density.  

Montrealers like to stay on the island because everything they like and desire can be found on the island.  To the downtown dwellers, everything is accessible by walking or biking.  All the entertainment available can be found on the island.

The off-islander point-of-view

Crossing the river is equally daunting for an off-islander for the same reasons noted above.  In addition, there are the following different rationales.  Most off-islanders I’ve met are primarily upset with the idea of dealing with Montreal traffic jams and parking fees. To the off-islander, everything is accessible by short car ride and free parking.  The roads off the Island of Montreal are better maintained and there are not as many one-way streets that can be confusing if you don’t know your way around.  Not to mention that open space and open air are valuable assets to the off-islander, as is easier access to cottage country or ski hills.  Off-islanders also like the fact that the roads are smooth and devoid of pot-holes, unlike the island of Montreal.

Conclusion

So if you are visiting Montreal or are moving to Montreal choose carefully where your social and professional circles are most likely to be located because soon enough you will find yourself in full Montrealer mode, and groaning at the thought of crossing the bridge for whatever reason.  Even if you live near the river on either side, you will still come to understand why it is hard to get together with someone who lives on the other side of the river.  

No Comments | 03 May, 2016