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[22:56] 月影: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aU_TQcyGkvY
[22:57] 月影: <3 that song
[22:58] Richard Fears: Eh. It's nice, but the French language still sucks. Too much nasal, not enough guttural.
[22:59] 月影: *rolls my eyes at you*
[22:59] Richard Fears: Mmm... I like how different the sounds are from traditional American rock.
[22:59] 月影: Japanese > German > French > Russian :-P
[22:59] Richard Fears: Blasphemy!
[22:59] 月影: Truth!
[22:59] 月影: Umm...
[22:59] Richard Fears: Japanese > German = Russian > French
[22:59] 月影: Russian > Spanish?
[22:59] 月影: ...at least you have Japanese right?
[23:00] Richard Fears: Russian > Spanish > French
[23:00] 月影: srsly?
[23:00] Richard Fears: I took three years of Spanish. Don't diss the language.
[23:00] 月影: It'
[23:00] 月影: It's so... cliche
[23:01] Richard Fears: Spanish? Only because it's offered so widely.
[23:01] Richard Fears: And why are Spanish and French offered widely? Because we have Canada to the north and Mexico to the south.
[23:02] 月影: I don't know if Canada has much to do with the French...
[23:03] Richard Fears: Rather: Eastern Asian > Germanic = Slavic > Romance
[23:03] 月影: I think it's more that it's considered tradtionally academic and isn't dead
[23:03] Richard Fears: One province does, and that dictates that the whole country is bilingual.
[23:03] 月影: But Canada =/= U.S.

Date: 2011-12-14 05:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] carve037.livejournal.com
It's not even just Quebec. There's significant pockets of Francophones in Ontario (Ottawa's very bilingual, as are many smaller settlements), Manitoba (there's that Francophone neighborhood in Winnipeg), even out in the Atlantic Provinces (think there's a couple places in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick). You really have to start coming out west before the French disappears. There's functionally none from Saskatchewan on westward to the Pacific.

Date: 2011-12-14 05:03 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] akibare.livejournal.com
Came in here to post about Ontario - travelling around there (particularly more to the north) we've encountered quite a lot of French. Sudbury has obviously mixed street signs, and we happened to be in a coffeehouse when most of the other people were speaking French.

Heck, in Thunder Bay there's even some signs in Ojibwe which I thought was pretty damn cool.

Probably the most French-speaking place I went was Hearst, luckily my companion has some French skills, I do not! The diner in the morning there was definitely all French-speakers.

I'm hoping to go on a giant road trip to Newfoundland this summer, we should go through Quebec.

I have met some people from Montreal in a youth hostel in Hiroshima, they spoke some Japanese so we got along, their English wasn't so great :) (But I have NO French, so no room to complain!)

Date: 2011-12-14 05:59 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] tsukikage85.livejournal.com
The Ojibwe signs bit is awesome!

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