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A funny yet striking — and sure-to-be-controversial — new ad from the Quebec government warns against the use of Franglais, specifically the way some Francophones intersperse their speech with terms borrowed from English for flourish or emphasis. The suggestion in the ad is that the practice undermines the integrity of language and contributes to the decline of French in the province.

The 30-second clip takes the form of a mock nature documentary following a peregrine falcon. The bird of prey, a narrator says, "est reconnu pour être assez chill."

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Montreal has so many unique aspects to it, but I can easily say the one that sets us apart from many other large Canadian cities is the existence and use of "Franglais" in our day-to-day.

To me, the fact that les gens de Montréal can speak les deux langues interchangeably is une vraie partie of the city's essence.

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When people find out that you are from Montreal, they instantly bombard you with what seem to be the dumbest questions ever asked. You know when your teacher says no question is a dumb question, they are lying. People think that Montreal is this bizarre small little city/island where we eat a bagel every morning. I mean yeah, some of these are true but common guys.... I don't live in an igloo and I don't survive on poutines.

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Montreal is a wonderful city for many reasons.

The food, the night-life and the vibe are all things that are made even more awesome by the multiculturalism you find here.

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Photo cred - Les vues éclectiques

In any city, society shares certain common manners of conducting itself. Basic practices that are universal and consistent no matter where you go. But there are certain behavious no one does unless they are from, or have spent enough time in, Montreal. Things that seem so normal, so second-nature to us, but are completely foreign to anyone else. And when we find ourselves doing them in other cities, we often get awkward looks and stick out like a sore thumb.

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Photo cred - Dead Obies

Rap artists are rarely in the good books of the older gen, usually irking those longer in years with lyrics about hoes drugs. Montreal's Dead Obies, a 6-person rap group from South Shore, is pissing off the middle-aged for a different reason, however, as they've come under fire for using French and English in their songs. God forbid.

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