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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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A report from the Provincial Employment Roundtable (PERT) released on February 17 shows the unemployment rate for anglophone Quebecers (8.9%) is 2% higher than it is for francophones (6.9%), while the provincial average is 7.2%.

Anglophones have higher jobless rates in 15 of the province's 17 administrative regions, it found, especially in the Capitale Nationale, Abitibi-Témiscamingue, and in Côte-Nord — where their unemployment rate is a whopping 25.5%.

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If you're big into the French-English language debate or the Canada vs. U.S. debate, you might want to click out of this article and go listen to some Jean Leloup or something because it could rile you up. Republican U.S. Congressman Glenn Grothman went off on Canada at a House session on November 16 and brought into question the country's success compared to the States.

Grothman used part of his half-hour speech to discuss "why nations fail," saying, "I never felt Canada was quite as successful as America [...] because to a degree their elections pitted the French speakers against the English speakers."

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Over the weekend, we posted an old article on Facebook that listed all the reasons why English is so hard to learn, and we got quite the reaction. 

People are always saying how French is hard to learn, so we just wanted to find out if English actually was easier. And as it turns out, it's pretty damn hard. In fact, English is borderline sadistic when it comes to rules and exceptions.

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French and English may be similar, but they are very different languages. 

There are many English words that have a completely different meaning in French

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Whenever English schools are in the news in Quebec, it's usually for a bad reason.

Just last week, a story came out where Quebec city's only English Cegep couldn't accept any more student because they were out of room.

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My name is Jeremy and I'm born and raised in Montreal. Both my parents are francophone and they did everything they could to make sure I would be perfectly bilingual.

It worked out pretty well, up until I started to realize I'm losing my French.

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Last week, while writing a story about the city of Longeuil I couldn't help but smile when I heard how some of my Anglophone co-workers were pronouncing it. So we went on a quest to find more words English people are forced to attempt to pronounce on daily basis.

Words likeCirque du Soleil which end up sounding like (sirk doo so lay).

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Moving to Montreal is a unique predicament, at least when it comes to language. If you're not a native French of English speaker, you pretty much need to learn one or the other, and your choice is largely determined by where you live in the city. Nothing illustrates that fact  better than the map pictured above, which breaks down the language-demographics of Montreal.

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