Who says Quebec is not bilingual?

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Who says Quebec is not bilingual?

Postby LesFromChicago » Wed Nov 11, 2009 12:14 am

a stop sign in French and Cree
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Re: Who says Quebec is not bilingual?

Postby rustyslide » Fri Nov 13, 2009 6:33 pm

Lots of bilingual people/communities in Québec, though I suspect only the aboriginal groups have the political clout to get bilingual civic signs (let's just say I've never seen a ARRÊT/STOP sign in Québec). Did you take that picture? How far north are you?

Here's a stop sign in English & Inuktitut from Iqalauit.
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Re: Who says Quebec is not bilingual?

Postby Bournio » Fri Nov 13, 2009 8:17 pm

Here's english and welsh, in well Wales.
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Though I think they might extend to just outside Wales... I can't remember
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Re: Who says Quebec is not bilingual?

Postby Les Forgue » Sun Nov 15, 2009 2:44 am

rustyslide wrote:Lots of bilingual people/communities in Québec, though I suspect only the aboriginal groups have the political clout to get bilingual civic signs (let's just say I've never seen a ARRÊT/STOP sign in Québec). Did you take that picture? How far north are you?

Here's a stop sign in English & Inuktitut from Iqalauit.



I copied the photo from an article by a guy who rode his motorcycle from New England (n.e.U.S.)to James Bay. I don't remember how far north it was, but it was very far, in a remote area that had zero paved roads prior to the James Bay Hydro project.
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Re: Who says Quebec is not bilingual?

Postby Les Forgue » Sun Nov 15, 2009 2:50 am

There is a town in the U. S. that is decidely resistant to operating in a bilingual mode; however, the prevailing language is Spanish, not English; it is McAllen, Texas.
An 'Anglo" co-worker of mine resides there with her Hispanic husband;
She is a stubborn soul, and she spent hours in the U.S. post office waiting for service because she insisted on being served by someone who spoke English.

Well the United States does not have a statutory "official" language and that is proof I guess.
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Re: Who says Quebec is not bilingual?

Postby leftyguitarman » Sun Nov 15, 2009 11:31 pm

Here's a picture I took in Pamplona back in 2007. It's in Spanish and Basque. I don't know what it means though.
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Re: Who says Quebec is not bilingual?

Postby LesFromChicago » Tue Nov 17, 2009 5:51 pm

leftyguitarman wrote:Here's a picture I took in Pamplona back in 2007. It's in Spanish and Basque. I don't know what it means though.



Something like "Tanner's Hill" or "Tanner's Point", "Closed to Traffic".
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Re: Who says Quebec is not bilingual?

Postby LesFromChicago » Tue Nov 17, 2009 5:53 pm

Bournio wrote:Here's english and welsh, in well Wales.
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Though I think they might extend to just outside Wales... I can't remember



Are there yet many who speak Welsh?

what about Cornish? just curious.
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Re: Who says Quebec is not bilingual?

Postby Bournio » Tue Nov 17, 2009 8:33 pm

I don't know, wikipedia says "20.5% in a population of over 2.9 million" claim to be fluent so that's about 600 thousand. and an extra 8% on that claim to be able to understand welsh

Again for cornish it's "~ 245 fluent in everyday conversation, 2,900 in simple conversation (estimate)" and an approximate population of 543,300

I don't know for Manx. I know odd sayings and things, but I'm not from the island!
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Re: Who says Quebec is not bilingual?

Postby ricochet » Wed Dec 02, 2009 2:04 am

If people are bilingual, that's their choice. As long as they're all consenting adults, it's fine with me. Heck, I've got some friends who are bilingual.
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Re: Who says Quebec is not bilingual?

Postby NEONMOONY » Wed Dec 02, 2009 11:14 am

Not that there's anything wrong with that.
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Re: Who says Quebec is not bilingual?

Postby savage » Wed Dec 02, 2009 3:18 pm

ricochet wrote:If people are bilingual, that's their choice. As long as they're all consenting adults, it's fine with me. Heck, I've got some friends who are bilingual.


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Re: Who says Quebec is not bilingual?

Postby LesFromChicago » Tue Dec 08, 2009 11:16 pm

I am fluent in all languages except for Greek;




just only do not ask me to say anything in Mandarin or German or KiTutsi or Navaho,
those are all Greek to me.
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