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Old 12-21-2005, 02:16 AM   #16
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Alberta ain't Alabama, it's Texas north. Conservative, cattle, oil, cowboys, all the same ingredients but they are rich thanks to the oil industry. They no longer have any debt, that's right, no DEBT. How big is the US debt, I don't think there are enough zeros. Canada's debt is an interest payment for the US.

Montreal is probably the most interesting city in North America but the traffic is insane, and the drivers too. Definitely a world-class city except for the '76 Olympics pricetag ( they are still paying for it) and Expos fiasco.
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ETA: I know a guy who went to Montreal on an internship which sounds somewhat similar to what you're interested in. He had a degree in Radio and Television Arts from Ryerson University (it's the polytechnic university in Toronto) and got an internship at the French CBC. He was also offered a position at the French version of MuchMusic, but said that when he visited there, he found it to be way too hectic and disorganized. Overall, he felt that bilingualism is a huge, huge, huge asset, certainly without which he would have gotten neither offer. But he came back to Toronto when his contract expired anyway.
Very interesting. I have a few friends/acquaintances who graduated from Ryerson, so I'm aware of its reputation within Canada for media.

I have 4.5 years of French under my belt, although now I'm a bit rusty. I can generally understand Radio-Canada if I have the closed captioning on, but if I have it off, I get overwhelmed very quickly...lol. I wish there was a way to get better in French conversation from where I'm at.

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Very interesting. I have a few friends/acquaintances who graduated from Ryerson, so I'm aware of its reputation within Canada for media.

I have 4.5 years of French under my belt, although now I'm a bit rusty. I can generally understand Radio-Canada if I have the closed captioning on, but if I have it off, I get overwhelmed very quickly...lol. I wish there was a way to get better in French conversation from where I'm at.

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The good thing about Montreal is just about anyone who is a native French speaker will know at least some English, due to the big anglo population, and all the tourism.
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I would love to visit Montreal.
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I've been to Montreal twice. Once was in February, and I don't think I've frozen my ass off that much ever, and this is coming from someone living just south in New Hampshire!

But it's a beautiful city, and I love the food there.
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Old 12-21-2005, 10:30 PM   #21
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I have 4.5 years of French under my belt, although now I'm a bit rusty. I can generally understand Radio-Canada if I have the closed captioning on, but if I have it off, I get overwhelmed very quickly...lol. I wish there was a way to get better in French conversation from where I'm at.
I know that McGill University (the English one in Montreal) has summer courses for anglophone kids who have been admitted into their September class. A girl I knew years ago took one of their immersion courses (I think it was 3-4 weeks full time in July or August) and said it was incredibly helpful and really brought her up to speed, and polished up her high school French so that she felt more comfortable once she moved there to study.

Maybe if you did a bridging course like that it would improve your skills and confidence level to what you need.

BTW, the guy who did an internship at CBC ended up coming down to Toronto and got a job at TSN, which last I heard he absolutely loved.
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i'd also like to mention that the cbc is for leftists, marxists, and hippies.

no wonder they show it in qwabek.

bring canada back!

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i'd also like to mention that the cbc is for leftists, marxists, and hippies.

no wonder they show it in qwabek.

bring canada back!

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Montreal is my missus' (Naya) home town. Its a cool city with a edge to it that makes it interesting.

To an out-of-towner tho, it can be pretty lonely as the people on the street arent too friendly!

oh...the bagels are really good, swartz does a great smoked meat, i ate THE best carrot cake ever from some place in montreal (can you help me with that one naya?), and poutine sucks!!
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The good thing about Montreal is just about anyone who is a native French speaker will know at least some English,
yes very handy

except at Subway don't eat there.
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i ate THE best carrot cake ever from some place in montreal (can you help me with that one naya?), and poutine sucks!!
Its a Laurier BBQ (an institution in Montreal) . It is the best cake ever, it comes with a tub of icing you can spread on the cake...oh god its good.

And living in Australia I miss poutine so much! its so good!
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There's a good chance I'll be moving in that direction in the next couple of years.



I was in Montreal in 1984 for the F1 Grand Prix. I liked the town.
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