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    Default English not allowed in Québec?

    My mother in law is flying to Quebéc next week for a holiday.
    She told me that in her guide book it is said that people there do not like
    to talk English at all and won't answer.

    Is that true? It must be exaggerated.
    I cannot imagine...English is the only foreign language my mil knows - so will she get the evil eye for using it?

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    it's true, alot of the people there are terrible.sorry to tell you.
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    Really - Why is that?


    So she has to speak German then, the only other language she knows.

    Thanks for answering.

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    I live in Montreal and I just came back last night from Quebec City for the weekend.

    As long as your Mom stays in the touristy areas, she'll be fine with her English. I was approached in English by ALL service staff and depending if I was in the mood, I continued in English or responded back in French.

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    ^If they need the money then they should be grateful to be receiving it from tourists in the first place, no matter what language the visitor speaks.
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    Stay in the large cities, tourist areas, most people in Montreal are bilingual. People do get snottier outside the city if you don't speak french, and being a brown person in small town Quebec is not a comfortable experience, in my experience.

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    My sister and nephew were in Montreal recently checking out unis. Neither of them speaks French and they managed OK in the city. However, she found that using some very basic words like "bonjour", "s'il vous plait", "merci" etc went down very well with the locals.
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    yeah montreal is full of unis, some are english, some french, and the city is pretty much bilingual. but it really helps to learn french.

    and it's a fucking fantastic place to study. in many ways i regret going to uni in ottawa instead of montreal - even if the programme was better in ottawa, montreal is just an awesome place to live.
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    Hi there, I live in Montreal and in my experience, GENERALLY, people are extremely nice and are willing to accomodate you in any language. Yes, a bonjour is appreciated as an acknowledgment that it is a french city, but most of us are bilingual and will happily switch to English once we hear an accent or recognise a tourist. What is NOT appreciate is aggressive language attitutude. We are very multicultural and very nice. Don't worry! You will have great time in this beautiful city. And you are coming at the right time. Montreal is exploding with festivals, flowers, music, terrasses, wine, and smiley sexy people. ENJOY!!

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    Yes.

    The best way is to at least try in french a little. As said, a bonjour or merci will go far. It's a sign of respect.
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    PS. I am an anglophone, have slightly darker skin and only have good things to say about this city. Maybe I am biased? I LOVE MONTREAL. Don't be afraid. We have 2 English universities here and are filled with American tourists, whom we love. Don't listen to bad news.

    Thanks, Grim for the backup. Do you live here too?
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    No, I grew up in Ottawa and live in Toronto, but I've been to Montreal. I love it, it's such a party town, and everybody is out to have a good time, not pose like they do here in TO
    I am from the American CIA and I have a radio in my head. I am going to kill you.

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    And don't forget to try the poutine!

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    Mmm poutine
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grimmlok View Post
    No, I grew up in Ottawa and live in Toronto, but I've been to Montreal. I love it, it's such a party town, and everybody is out to have a good time, not pose like they do here in TO
    I'm originally from T Dot. The Riverdale/Danforth area. If you come to Montreal this summer for the jazz or comedy fest let me know. We'll go out and have a WILD CRAZY time.

    Oh, and ladies, I forgot to mention how incredibly chivalrous the men are here. As well as handsome.

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