Parlez-vous français? “Oui” might be the answer that all Canadians should respond with. But outside of Quebec, French fluency is not the case for most in Canada. Non-francophone Canadians start learning French in school at a young age. Several school…
Struggling with the language, not be able to answer or even to understand what people say, that is the reality experienced by newcomers and pvtistes. Daily life becomes an obstacle course: find a place to live, find a job, browse the web in English, talk with native speakers etc.
A high point in my life was 2008 when I travelled to Mexico, where all my favorite telenovelas were filmed. Every night at 6pm my host family and I would watch ‘Las tontas no van al cielo’ (Dumb Girls Don’t Go to Heaven), obsessed by the drama.
When you tell someone that you speak Mandarin (and you aren’t from China), they might say something like, “Huh? What!? Why? Are you serious?” or “Chinese is so hard to learn! How did you do it?”
We organized a singing contest called Revolutionary Idol: the best singer won a croissant and the Certificate of Singing Excellence aka the Diskuto prix de chant!