Bonjour, hi. My name's Gabi and I moved to Montreal about six months ago from Toronto. Like any new city, I wanted to dive right in to fit with the locals and learn all about the history and the culture, which included improving my French. And now, I'm here to share the realities I've experiences about learning French in Montreal.\nFrench class was actually one of my favourites in school and I wanted to continue with classes all throughout university.\nEditor's Choice: 9 Montreal Spots That Feel Like You've Travelled To An Entirely New City\nBut between extra-curricular, required courses and just life in general, French was put on the back burner for a while and the whole use-it-or-lose-it thing definitely came into effect.\nIt's not like I'm now a beginner per se, but I'm definitely not opening a bed and breakfast in the countryside anytime soon.\nSome of the basics come back quite quickly, but Est-ce que je peux aller aux toilettes really only gets you so far, ya know?\nI've definitely been trying to practice and really immerse myself in the French culture here in the city. Even been taking a couple of classes.\nBut like lots of newcomers, especially as an Anglophone, there are lots of things I've come to learn about learning French in Montreal.\n"The Switch" Can Feel Really Shitty\nView this post on Instagram I understand you're trying to help, but if I'm speaking French it's cause I wanna try to speak French! #quebec #french #franco #anglo #qc #quebec #canada #quebecoise #quebecois #mtl #montreal #montrealer #montreality #mtlflex #mtlblog #montrealvjbes #montrealmeme #montrealmemes #quebecmemes #quebecers #quebecbelike #secondlanguage #tiktok #repost #facts #truth #tabarnack A post shared by Cameron Geller (@cameron.geller) on Aug 26, 2020 at 3:42pm PDT\nWe've all been there. You get ready to ask a question in French. You finally say it and then... the cashier switches to English.\nIt can feel like a defeat and it may seem intimidating. But don't let it get you down (I know, easier said than done).\nPeople Will Get Frustrated With You\nView this post on Instagram Bonne Fête à Tous les Québécois et Québécoises, Happy Birthday Québec 🎉🥳💙😘😘😘🍺. - - - #vivelequebeclibre #bonnefetequebec #fetenationale #bonnestjean #stjeanbaptiste #fetenationaleduquebec #unibroue #mercredi #crewduqc #chienduquebec #dogsofquebec #quebecdogs #qcdogs #dogsofmontreal #mtldogs #montrealdogs #montrealbarks #mtlfrenchie #canadadogs #canadiandogs #dogsofcanada #ourcanadiandogs #canadadogs #frenchiemoments #frenchielifesyle A post shared by Lily or Miss Lily🌸 (@lilylabouledogue) on Jun 24, 2020 at 8:00am PDT\nI'm not gonna sugarcoat it. There are some people who get frustrated that you don't speak French. They don't want you to learn French, they want you to know French (very different).\nBut don't beat yourself up.\nThere Are Just As Many Francophones Trying To Learn English\nView this post on Instagram Architecture of Downtown Montréal #mypic #montreal #downtown #mycity #building #skyscraper #cibctower #canadianflag #montrealflag #quebecflag #lovemontreal A post shared by François Beaudet (@francois_beaudet) on Oct 14, 2018 at 6:20am PDT\nAs much as you may feel awkward or uncomfortable speaking French, there are just as many Québécois who feel the same way when they speak English.\nBoth languages can be super tricky to learn.\nYour Eye Will Always Go To The English First\nView this post on Instagram 💚🌭🎪 A post shared by Marianne Plaisance (@2epeau) on Sep 13, 2020 at 11:41am PDT\nBeing a bilingual city, there's a lot of English on signs, labels, etc. Naturally, your eye will go to the language you're more comfortable with.\nTry your best not to go straight to the English or it'll take you out of the full "immersive" experience.\nReading, Writing, Speaking, And Listening Are All Very Different\nView this post on Instagram Ce fut un honneur et un privilège de chanter “Une chance qu’on s’a” avec autant de merveilleux artistes de chez nous au Québec. La chanson est maintenant disponible sur toutes les plateformes numériques. Tous les profits récoltés iront aux organismes @lespetitsfreres et @sosviolenceconjugale. - Céline xx… . It was such an honour and a privilege to perform with so many wonderful artists from my home province of Quebec on "Une chance qu’on s’a". The song is available now on all streaming services. All proceeds will go to Les Petits Freres and SOS Violence Conjugale. - Celine xx... . Lien dans la bio / Link in bio A post shared by Céline Dion (@celinedion) on May 11, 2020 at 9:26am PDT\nAll four are key elements to learning a language. Just because you can watch a hockey game in French doesn't mean you can have a full-on conversation. Try to find ways to develop each of these factors.\nAnd no — just listening to French music isn't enough. But try watching French movies with French subtitles.\nQuébécois French Sounds... Different Than Other French\nCette année-là | Sketch Point de presse sur la COVID-19En direct de.... nos studios, voici un nouveau point de presse sur la COVID-19 du premier ministre du Québec, François Legault, du directeur national de la santé publique, Dr Horacio Arruda, et de la (aujourd'hui ex) ministre de la Santé et des Services sociaux du Québec, Danielle McCann! \n\nVoyez la suite ce samedi 20h, à Cette année-là!Posted by Télé-Québec on Thursday, September 10, 2020\nJust like English, French has many dialects and accents. It's no secret that the Québécois have a very strong accent. It can be a bit of an adjustment if you've been learning more Parisian or European French.\nWhat You Learned In High School May Not Cut It\nView this post on Instagram Balade dans le Vieux-Montréal / Stroll in Old Montréal 📷 @ericbranover #mtl #montreal #mtlmoments #levieuxmontreal #levieuxmtl #vieuxmtl #oldmontreal @levieuxmontreal A post shared by Tourisme Montréal (@montreal) on Apr 25, 2018 at 7:21am PDT\nNobody cares that you know how to conjugate. Or that you know DR & MRS VANDERTRAMP.\nWhen it comes to speaking, comprehension and communication are way more important than memorization.\nGrammar is definitely important. But it's not everything.\nIf Someone Corrects You, They Aren't Being Rude\nView this post on Instagram Vue de la Tour de Lévis / View from the Tour de Lévis 📷 @jfsavaria #mtl #montreal #mtlmoments #parcjeandrapeau @parcjeandrapeau A post shared by Tourisme Montréal (@montreal) on Oct 7, 2018 at 8:36am PDT\nIt's never a great feeling to be told you're wrong. Especially when you're learning.\nBut if someone tells you your pronunciation is wrong or that you used le when it should have been la, don't think of it as rude. Think of it as a way to learn.\nThinking In English And Speaking French Just Doesn't Work\nView this post on Instagram C’est exactement ça! #francais #french A post shared by porfranglais |🇧🇷|🇫🇷|🇺🇸| (@porfranglais) on Jun 26, 2020 at 1:06pm PDT\nNot everything is a direct translation. Some words don't even translate at all.\nTry your best to think in French when you're speaking French. Thinking in English may not be as useful as you think.\nBienvenue à Montréal / Welcome to Montreal!