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    I am considering living in the french-speaking part of Canada as I want to go somewhere in my gap year and want to learn a language. I know that the French used in Canada and the French used in France have inevitablty grown apart. However I know that it would be easier living in a place where I would HAVE to speak the language all the time, although i'd like to be able to speak the "origianal" French too, because I'd use it more i think.

    But what I want to know is does it differ a lot? vis-a-vis would it be easy to pick up the "original" French (if I decided to have French lessons once I got back) or would it end confusing me?
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    You may well pick up a few bad habits from learning Canadian French, but it's going to be little more than that. You'll certainly be readily understood by a speaker of Continental French - although apparently Quebec does have its own pockets of bizarre "we be drinkin' zoider" type areas where the dialect is very strong indeed.

    If you want absolute linguistic refinement, then maybe it's not the best idea. If, however, you just want to learn to speak French - or intend to go on and study/learn the language more formally in the future - then by all means go ahead.
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    (Original post by Nice Karma Jobs)
    However I know that it would be easier living in a place where I would HAVE to speak the language all the time, although i'd like to be able to speak the "origianal" French too, because I'd use it more i think.
    They may chat back to you in English in Montreal if they think you're a foreigner, but in Quebec City you should get decent conversation in French.
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