For me, I would say it’s accents. I have
gotten used to them by now, but I remember when
I was a child, there would be French from
France, and I thought they were speaking
I grew up in a French neighbourhood east of
the city, and I would have to say probably the
different dialects. I can understand French, but
if I go to Hawkesbury or Cornwall, for example…
I have battled with French for 50 years, even
growing up in Montréal. It’s tough! I can
understand it, but not speak it.
Getting served in French nearly everywhere.
I find it difficult to convince others that
it’s important, that it’s necessary to protect
Always justifying why we are here, why we
exist and why it’s important.
I would like French to be at the same level
as English, and for there to be a lot of people
who understand us.
We are Francophones, we have meetings with 10
people, and everything is in English even if
there is only one Anglophone. It’s always like
that. I have always said that it doesn’t bother
me, that it’s an opportunity to practise my
English. But it’s difficult.
My sister works for the Quebec government,
and I always tell her how lucky she is to be
able to work in her language, not to have to
struggle to write long reports in English.
When I started working for the federal
government, I didn’t speak a word of English. I
find that they’ve given me a great opportunity
by sending me to six months of full-time English
training. It’s a great gift that they’ve given
I think for me it’s verb tenses.
The rules, which make it very difficult to
become good at French when it’s not your mother
tongue, especially from the point of view of
For me it’s “tout”. “Tout”, “toute”, “tous”:
I get them mixed up. I have so much trouble with
it. – Jean-Sébastien
– Linda and Yolaine
There are too many verbs!
Word boundaries. The way that the words work
together makes it hard to hear what people are
The many different sounds.
Integration, use, and acceptance of
anglicisms. You don’t know which anglicisms are
Finding the right word. I’m constantly asking
myself whether I’m using the right word and I’m
– Jean Philippe