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Old 01-16-2012, 12:47 AM   #1
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What is the easiest way to learn a little French? I studied German in college and found I have a poor aptitude for foreign language.
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Old 01-16-2012, 01:24 AM   #2
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What is the easiest way to learn a little French? I studied German in college and found I have a poor aptitude for foreign language.
I'm in France right now. I'm taking French lessons and I listen to podcasts, specifically Coffee Break French, which I find very helpful. There are a lot of French language podcasts to choose from at iTunes. And they're FREE.
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try and have some fun with it, these old movies are hilarious.



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Old 01-16-2012, 03:07 AM   #4
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Old 01-16-2012, 03:21 AM   #5
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The moto journal guys are always very funny also

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Have a look on amazon.com, they sell language courses in cd/dvd form.
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Do what the Germans due every now and again. Just invade the place.
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Which dialect? I've found significant differences between Parisian French and Quebec French. Some Parisian friends have difficulties understanding the Canadian dialect.
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Old 01-16-2012, 08:23 AM   #9
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Also, learn the correct version for which location you are planning on visiting. The actual French hate the way our Quebecers have mutilated their mother tongue! No I refuse to learn french......it was forced down my neck in school for many years and I still have a very bad taste from the experience...sorry to say!

If you are coming to Canada you won't need it 99.9% of the time anyway....most all quebecers speak english well enough to get by from what I have found.
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......it was forced down my neck in school for many years and I still have a very bad taste from the experience...sorry to say
same here but as old age creeps in I now realize it may have been benifical as I travel on the bike. I have been taking Spanish for about 10 years now and it would have been easier as a youth!!
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same here but as old age creeps in I now realize it may have been benifical as I travel on the bike. I have been taking Spanish for about 10 years now and it would have been easier as a youth!!

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Which dialect? I've found significant differences between Parisian French and Quebec French. Some Parisian friends have difficulties understanding the Canadian dialect.
Quebec. I'll look into a DVD or something. I just don't want to be completely helpless.
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Old 01-16-2012, 10:10 AM   #13
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Also, learn the correct version for which location you are planning on visiting. The actual French hate the way our Quebecers have mutilated their mother tongue! No I refuse to learn french......it was forced down my neck in school for many years and I still have a very bad taste from the experience...sorry to say!

If you are coming to Canada you won't need it 99.9% of the time anyway....most all quebecers speak english well enough to get by from what I have found.
Most people from France adore our accent and embrace it as a cultural difference and a plus to the language. Some even consider that we preserved the roots of French as we try to use much less anglicisms.

Quebecers did not mutilate the language more or in a different way that the English speaking north Americans have with the original English from England. The languages just evolved separately, witch explains the differences.

I'm not trying to fuel the language debate between Quebec and many people from outside the province but please, don't listen to someone who refuses to learn the language as a basis to learn or not French.

It's always a plus to speak any second or third language. I did take the time to learn English and Spanish and believe me, it made many of my foreign trips so much more enjoyable, and helped me "understand" and not "reject" other cultures.

Come to Montreal (or to the Province of Quebec).

Immersion is the best way to learn.

Yes of course, you can go by only with English but as you show a certain will to learn the language, you will discover a different and rich culture as a bonus.

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a funny story about Quebecer's
When in Guatemala I met this couple from Quebec in a hotel and when they said they were from Canada I said I was from western Canada and started to speak english to them... they then spoke french only... so I only spoke Spanish after a while they could speak English!
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a funny story about Quebecer's
When in Guatemala I met this couple from Quebec in a hotel and when they said they were from Canada I said I was from western Canada and started to speak english to them... they then spoke french only... so I only spoke Spanish after a while they could speak English!
Klay asked about a good way to learn French. Do you really have to use this thread to express you dislike of the culture or simply to make fun of other travelers?

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