A little bit about ourselfs:

Two crazy Swiss Immigrants living in Canada since 1996 traveling the Country in a 5th wheel together with their two cats ....
Let's introduce ourselves:

There is the lovely and multi-talented Sue: A Sagittarius that likes travel, cats & dogs, reading good books and rather swings a hammer then using a sawing-needle. She dislikes rude people and getting up early

The other part of the team is André: Born in the sign of Aquarius always looking for something new and exciting to explore. Let's go around this corner - there may be something we haven't seen yet! Likes traveling, cooking and making new friends. Dislikes are changing - they may become acceptable

Please follow us on our journey - and don't be shy, we'll love to hear from you!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Vous êtes de l'Ontario et vous parlez Français? C'est fantastique!

During our trip through La belle Province de Quebec we automatically tried to speak French where ever we were in contact with the locals like in the groceries store (dépanneurs), restaurans (resto), tourist information center and even at the hairdresser (coiffeur).

It was interesting to watch the reaction of the people we talked to - even our French was not perfect and sometimes more "franc-glisch" then French, the locals were so much more helpful just because we made the effort of speaking in their mother tongue. Admitting that in certain regions about 80 % don't speak English at all one can understand that communication could be difficult at times.

André had a real advantage and settled in very quickly but Sue was not far behind and did her best explaining in French what she was looking for. She even managed to go to the coiffeur and got a nice new haircut the way she was looking for and didn't end up looking like a shaved puddle after a summer rainfall .... lol

We just love the uncomplicated, simple way the french vocabulary is used here in Quebec: pommes-de-terre (potatoes) are still called patates, good eating is also called bonne bouff and not bon manger etc.

Knowing the basic language and using it here really pays - even if it is not perfect, the effort for trying will be recognized and an extra smile is guaranteed.

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