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Québec, explained…or not

Checking in from a train somewhere in Nova Scotia, to relate a funny conversation I had in a youth hostel in Ste-Anne-des-Monts in Gaspésie (rural northeastern Quebec) with a young, bilingual Montreal Anglo photographer who had been in my rideshare, … Continue reading

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Townshipslaining the PM

Originally posted on Drinking Tips for Teens:
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listens to a question during a town hall in Sherbrooke, Que. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press) Oh, hi there, Prime Minister Trudeau, or as we say here in the Townships,…

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Gate A-4

Originally posted on Live & Learn:
Gate A-4 By Naomi Shihab Nye: Wandering around the Albuquerque Airport Terminal, after learning my flight had been delayed four hours, I heard an announcement: “If anyone in the vicinity of Gate A-4 understands any…

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“Don’t kill your language!”

For my language geek friends…this TED talk, a Lebanese Arabic speaker railing against people who have an inferiority complex about their native languages, is worth listening to and reminded me of conversations I had had with Kirundi speakers, Haitian Kreyòl … Continue reading

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You know you’re a Quebec City anglophone when… Collection 2

I’m thrilled and surprised to note that “You know you’re a Quebec City anglophone when… Collection 1” has received over 1900 (!!!!) views, making it by far the most viewed post in the four-year, adventure-packed history of this blog. It was … Continue reading

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You know you’re a Quebec City anglophone when…

NB: A lot of these are reader submissions You’re fluent in French and English, but both francophones and anglophones think you have a funny accent. People ask where you’re from/where you live, and get very surprised when you say, “here!” … Continue reading

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Beautiful it is, multicultural it isn’t. (1 of 3)

I covered a “cultural diversity festival” this week in downtown Quebec City, which means now is as good a time as ever to write a post about diversity in this city…or the lack thereof. The festival had plenty of high … Continue reading

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