SilentAuror (silentauror) wrote in montreal,
SilentAuror
silentauror
montreal

Francisation

Hey folks,

This is an awkward question to post after having lived here into my fourth year now, but bear with me for a sec, I'll explain: I first moved here to do a masters at McGill and had no intentions of staying. The program was all in English, over half my classmates were American, and half the faculty were, too. I was planning to return to Manitoba afterwards, and I did. I was far too busy during my masters to have time to take any extra courses, so what I'm saying is, I never took French. But hang on, redemption is hopefully coming! :) I moved back to Manitoba for two years, realized that I missed Québec with all of my being, and thus started planning to take French. I wasn't a student any more, so programs like J'explore weren't open to me. It was going to be a pay-to-learn experience or nothing, so I registered for a month in an intensive program in Québec City. I went, I learned as much as humanly possible, and then I moved back here and commenced looking for a job, ha. I found one (telemarketing, boo) and it was revolting. I continued studying French through an online course (busuu.com) that costs around 17 Euros per month and I took a six-week evening class, too. I go back and forth to Québec City somewhat often, speak French with my friends there, have a handful of francophone friends here, but they all prefer to speak English.

The bottom of the line is that I would really love to get work in my field again someday, but that would just take being a whole lot more bilingual than I currently am, and I just can't afford to not be working AND paying to study French. I love French and I would like nothing more than to be in French class all day! I just can't pay for it. I'm not an immigrant in the outside-of-Canada sense, so I don't qualify for the getting-paid-to-study programs. I have ONE friend who managed to get around the rules and received a stipend to be in French class all day, but he said it was a case of the lady at the Emploi-Québec office just making a huge exception for him. So, what I'm wondering is if any of you have managed to do this, and if so, do you have any tips to share?? I want to go to Emploi-Québec and start asking about it tomorrow, maybe... This is a very sincere desire on my part; I have moved here and plan to make my permanent home in Québec, and I'd prefer to never have to have a francophone switch languages to accommodate me ever again! Help?
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