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6 Cheap Places To Practice & Learn French In Montreal

There are just too many options for excuses!
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Yeah, you can survive in Montreal without speaking French but you would definitely be missing out on a lot of the culture, entertainment, work opportunities, and friends. And it can make the every day a little harder than it needs to be.

It's not always easy to practice your French language skills in stores or on the streets of Montreal since so many people are bilingual and have no problem switching from French to English to help you out. 

But nothing beats being forced to practice your listening and speaking skills to be able to improve. 

Really the all-time best ways to immerse yourself is to either find a French-speaking SO or (if you're shy), grab a drink or two, head to a bar in La Petite-Patrie and act like you have no understanding of the English language. 

For those of you who may want something a little more structured, organized, and a lot less boozy, we took a look at a few places around Montreal where you can practice your French without too much of a cash commitment. 

There are classes and groups of all levels, so it doesn't matter if you're still working on your answer to "Ça va?" or you just want to fine-tune your accent.

Mundo Lingo 

Where: Bars around the city

When: Check out their Facebook page for dates.

Mundo Lingo is probably the most famous language group. Anyone of any level can join as long as you want to practice French. It's a laid-back and social way to meet others.

Cost: Completely Free!

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Centre Saint-Louis 

Where: 4285 Rue Drolet

When: See the class schedule for the next course

Located in the Plateau, this school is so inexpensive. Courses are subsidized by the Department of Education so tuition costs are low. They have eight levels of courses, so you can find the right class for you.

Cost: $55

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The Language Laboratory at the BaNQ

Where: 475 De Maisonneuve E.

When: Hours of operation, click here

If you would prefer to not interact with other people, you can still practice online. As a member of The Bibliothèque et Archives Nationales du Québec (BAnQ) you have access to the Language Lab, which has over 20 computer workstations with just about every language program on them. And you can even access them from home!

Cost: Free for Quebec residents

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MeetUp

Where: 1021 De Maisonneuve O., Presse Café

When: Thursday, from 17:15 to 19:00

There are a lot of French language groups on MeetUp, but this one meets consistently every Thursday and focuses on not just the usual, (hi, how are you) but on humour, stories and jokes.

Cost: $2 and your drink of choice

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Conversation Exchange

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Where: Wherever you decide; in-person, or online

Conversation Exchange can be hit or miss. The site matches native-speakers of different languages together in order to facilitate a back and forth conversation (say between French and English). The advantage of the site is you can choose the way you want to communicate (in person, email, Skype), but the cons are you have to be rather social and not mind meeting up with a stranger.

Cost: Free

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Immigration Quebec

Where: 3480 Blvd. Decarie

When: See class schedules here

The Quebec government wants you to learn French. Free courses are offered to immigrants 16 years and older who currently reside in Montreal. As of July, they are even paying you to take free classes; the weekly participation allowance is now $185, and there is both a transportation and child care allowance.

Cost: Free, if you're lucky they may pay you

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With so many meetups, clubs, and schools dedicated to improving your French, all that's left is choosing the style you like best.

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