What you'll do
This isn't your typical classroom language lesson- far from it! Let's make this a truly authentic Québec experience. First, we'll meet for a traditional poutine at 'Frites Alors' where you can indulge in our local delicacy while receiving a formal lesson on French-Canadian vernacular- with a special focus on blasphemy! Using my experience as a language teacher, I'll offer insight on semantics (how concepts are expressed through words) and morphology (the study of words and what they mean). As a native French Canadian, I will teach you to pronounce and understand some of the most popular and funniest Québécois expressions. Doing this will allow you to view our culture from a different angle and better relate to why we speak the way we speak. You’ll do fun oral exercises and go home with a document highlighting Quebec lexicons that you can share with your friends. For example: 'en- titi' is an our Quebec way of saying "very". (Il est riche EN TITI (he's VERY rich!). You'll also learn about the antiquity of our language. For example- we still use the word "char" to mean car, (which comes from when we used to travel in "chariots": the two-wheeled horse-drawn vehicle) BEIN LA! I have specifically designed this experience because as a world traveler, this is precisely the kind of knowledge I would seek in order to fully immerse myself in the culture.
A bring home doc detailing the history of French language in Qc as well as extensive examples of expressions & Quebec slang.
This experience is a hit and made it front page of the local newspapers: https://www.journaldemontreal.com/2019/07/10/cours-de-sacres-pour-les-touristes-sur-airbnb. Just read the reviews- well worth the money! Spend an hour with a trilingual graduate of Literature who will baffle you with Québec's language-related history and teach you about 'Joual', our local dialect: where it comes from and how to pronounce our slang. Learn about the state-church's domination, about the Language Police, about our 'sacres', our profanities. Tabarnouche, estique, caline de bine- What does it mean? Where does it come from? Take this one-of-a-kind experience to look at Quebec's famous french language from a historical and cultural perspective. This experience is a must!
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Where you'll be
We are meeting at Frites Alors, at 433 rue Rachel street, a delicious poutine restaurant for us to eat. Please advise if you do not plan on eating so that we can organize to go to the parc nearby.
Keep these in mind
Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase.
Always communicate through Airbnb. To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside of the Airbnb website or app.
Up to 10 guests ages 10 and up can attend.
This lesson is mainly conducted in English but French speakers are welcomed! I’ll translate! Just let me know ahead of time :)
T@BARN@CLE! Québécois Language Lesson