3: Montreal: Beyond Bilingual
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Welcome to episode three of Language Stories! This time we visit Montreal, a city that goes beyond the bilingual expectations you might have. Why Montreal? When I was studying for my French A level, my French was going through a bit of an identity crisis. My Spanish was set. I just found it more endearing, more interesting, and more exotic and new. Whereas French? Well, French had been part of my life for much longer, and I’d been to France lots of times. It no longer excited me in the same way…until I discovered Montreal. A place far enough away in North America to be exotic and exciting, but a place with the familiarity of Europe and home. I wanted to go. And in 2016, when I was invited to speak at NAPS (now LangFest), I finally got the chance to visit Montreal. I was beyond excited. The city didn’t disappoint. So when it came time for LangFest the second time around in 2017? I was there. One thing that intrigued me about Montreal before visiting for that first time was the bilingual nature of the place.…