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We already have it hard enough. We can’t get jobs, we have to pay more for school, and we have to live through the daily shame of our lack of bilingual abilities. But the worst of all, is the struggle for love. That’s right, without the sultry Quebecois accent to aid in our quest, things can become a little tricky. Or VERY tricky, in some circumstances.
1. Shorter Range
Well, you’ve essentially cut yourself off from anyone from France or Quebecers not from Montreal. Which is a lot of people. You’ve basically made yourself free to only other Anglos. What’s the fun in that?
2. How Do You Flirt?
You can’t. All you’ve got going for you is the naivite aspect. And that only goes so far before it becomes annoying.
3. You Become The Butt Of The Joke
If you’re in a group of Fancos who’ve decided to humour you, you’ve basically just walked into a trap. Francos love to make fun of Anglos, light-hearted or otherwise. If you’re a good sport, it can turn out kind of fun, but don’t expect to make significant headway in any flirty business.
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4. Disheartening Questions
“What brought you to Montreal? I mean, no offense, but it seems kind of silly to move here since you don’t speak the language….”
5. Are They Talking About Me?
The most annoying thing ever is when you’re talking in a group of people, the sexy time vibes seem to be going well, then all of a sudden the person you’re in to, leans over and whispers something to their friend in French. WHAT ARE YOU EVEN SAYING THAT MUST BE WHISPERED AND DISGUISED WITH YOUR COMPLICATED LANGUAGE GAH.
6. Relying On Others
The customer service struggle is way more embarrassing when you’ve got a cutie in toe. Your French get’s infinitely worse when you’re nervous and trying to impress. So, you have to ask your bilingual friends to pick up that beer for you.
7. Can’t Fly Solo
In relation to the previous point, it becomes impossible to fly solo. You always need a French wingman at your aid. Just in case.
Finally, if this person really does like you, they may attempt to speak English. While this is sweet, there comes the obligation that you must also speak to them in French. When both of you are trying to accommodate eachother the whole encounter turns into an awkward mess of language. My tip: Skip the small talk and just bang it out. The language of love communicates itself with no words necessary.