Learn Canadian French (Quebecois)

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About Canadian French (Quebecois)

French is spoken by about 20% of the Canadian population and has official status alongside English. It is also the only official language of Quebec, where 80% of the population speaks French as a first language. There is no standardisation between the different varieties of Canadian French, but the most dominant is Québécois, which is also what you’ll learn on uTalk. Canadian French retains some features from 17th century French and may sound slightly archaic to European speakers.

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Fun facts — French (Canadian)

  • There are quite a few differences in vocabulary between European and Canadian French, such as 'blonde' for girlfriend instead of 'petite amie', 'croustilles' for crisps instead of 'chips', and 'frette' for cold instead of 'froid'.
  • The expression 'lâche pas la patate' means 'don't give up' but literally translates as 'don't let go of the potato'!
  • The idiomatic phrase "me prends-tu pour une valise?” - literally “do you take me for a suitcase” - means 'do you take me for a gullible person?’.
  • Words related to the Catholic religion are commonly used as swear words or ’sacres' in Canadian French.
  • Michif is another language spoken in Canada, created by the Métis people. It’s a mixture of French and indigenous languages such as Cree. For example ‘goodbye’ is ‘bonn apray mijii’ - ‘bon après-midi' in French. 

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