3 important reasons to learn French when living in Montreal

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The first, and for some the most important, is that bilingual people tend to make a better living than people who only speak one language. Let me explain myself: to begin with, Montreal is predominantly inhabited by French speaking people.

The first, and for some the most important, is that bilingual people tend to make a better living than people who only speak one language. Let me explain myself: to begin with, Montreal is predominantly inhabited by French speaking people. The majority of customers who enter a store in one day will speak French. Therefore if your goal is to either work for a company in Montreal, or own a company yourself, it would definitely be a plus to understand your clients. When hiring a new employee, or considering someone for an important position in their organization, a company will always take this into account.  English is the language of commerce, but French is not far behind. If you are looking to enter the business world and make you mark, it is definitely something to consider. Many countries in West Africa and Europe, still use French for business purposes as well as everyday conversation. It’s simple: If you want to make money in a French Speaking province, you must learn to speak French.

Secondly, if you are planning on building a life in this beautiful city, it would definitely be to your advantage to learn the language. Think about it. You are trying to order food in a restaurant, but the waiter only speaks French.  You are at the supermarket, and you can’t find what you are looking for. You end up having to try to “sign” what you want using large arm gestures and pointing. Even more important; you are trying to find a daycare for your children, but all the ones in proximity are run by only French speaking people… All these situations are things that could definitely occur while living in a city in which the population speaks a different language than you.

Last but not least, French is a gateway to learning other languages. We in Montreal are lucky in the fact that we have an extremely multicultural population. There are people from all over the world who have chosen our city as the place they want to live and raise their children in. French is much more similar to Spanish, Italian, and even Portuguese, than English is. For people who love to learn, and are always looking for new ways to culturally enrich themselves, this is definitely the first step. It also has to be said that French is the easiest language to learn when you already speak English.  The two languages share many common words, and the pronunciation only differs slightly. Finally, a person who does not want to learn French when living in Montreal would definitely be limiting themselves, both culturally and financially.