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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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“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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Comment protéger une langue?

Un autre texte que j’ai fait pour le site web de la radio, sur la preservation de la langue kirundie. Je l’affiche ici parce que la “mort” des langues est un enjeu global. Il y a autour de 7000 langues … Continue reading

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My second home

(This piece was actually requested by a Quebec community newspaper for which I frequently write when in Canada, as part of their Canada Day coverage– one of the editors found it kind of cool that the two countries share an … Continue reading

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Survival Kirundi

Since I’m leaving for Burundi in less than 48 hours (eek!) I decided to review my Kirundi by slapping together this English-Kirundi phrase “book” which is a work in progress as I try to dust off everything I once knew… … Continue reading

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Petit manuel de Belge

One of the things that fascinates me about international languages (English, French, Spanish, I suppose you could throw Portuguese in there but I’m less familiar with it) is all the variation that goes on between different countries that use them, … Continue reading

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