"Language" Bilinguism Tip by zChris

Bilinguism, Montreal: 28 reviews and 11 photos

Don't worry about language. In downtown and Vieux (Old) Montreal, shop-owners will greet you bilingually, and in all of Montreal the populace is mainly bilingual. If you get far into the East End you may not want to go up to someone saying 'hello'...English is not the language of choice for East Enders. In Westmount, the area's English-speaking enclave, I've heard that shop-owners greet you in English and scoff at having to speak French. In immigrant restaurants the staff is usually trilingual, and you'll hear either Italian or Chinese or Portuguese along with the usual French and English.

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  • Written Aug 24, 2002
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