In Québec, the French language is a source of great collective pride. It helps build lasting bonds in all walks of life. The “De bonnes choses arrivent quand on parle français” campaign continues this year, reminding us that French is a wonderful tool for social integration and cohesion.

Through testimonials and anecdotes, we look at how knowing French has helped people better understand Québec society and integrate more easily into it.

French is a rich, living, vibrant language—let’s celebrate it!

Hector

Hector

"I was born here, but my parents are Colombian, and we always spoke Spanish at home. I actually tried to learn French three different times before it finally stuck! First I learned it at daycare, but before I started elementary school, my family moved to South America. By the time we came back to Quebec, I’d lost my French. They placed me in an introductory level class in Grade 3, and I re-learned everything. [...] "

Laura

Laura

“I came to Montreal for university, and I quickly realized that I needed to speak French to really understand and appreciate the people and culture here. Years later, I went back to Toronto to work as a journalist. Because I spoke French, I was always sent to Quebec to cover stories. [...] "

Christina

Christina

“I come from a small English-speaking village in Quebec, with a population of only 120 people! I was really young when I realized that knowing French was important; my father spoke it a little and he translated letters for people who didn't understand French. I decided then and there that I’d eventually learn French, and that's exactly what I did. Now I'm a nurse. [...] "

Eliana

Eliana

"For me, French is a great source of pride. It’s what really allowed me to integrate into Quebec society. Knowing the language helped me find a job in my field and continue my university education. Understanding French is like opening a window and discovering a whole new culture, filled with all kinds of things that I’d had no idea about before, and that I can appreciate now thanks to this skill I’ve mastered. [...] "

Robert

Robert

“About 20 years ago, I met a woman and we moved in together in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve neighbourhood in Montreal. As an Anglophone there, I quickly realized that I needed to speak a little French if I wanted to communicate with people. At first I was embarrassed, but I remember there was this bakery I liked to go to; I used the opportunity to talk to the owner in French. [...] "

Kate

Kate

"I learned French in England, where I come from, because it's thought pretty highly of there. Before settling permanently in Quebec, I would come here from time to time to teach courses. On one of my flights over, the man sitting next to me happened to be from Quebec, so we started a conversation in French. It was love at first sight! [...] "

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