No No Dogs Or Anglophones, or, Just say NO OTHERING!

WHAT: Having successfully giving up processed, refined sugar, I’ve decided to also give up my other favorite secret guilty pleasure. Reader, I confess: I read (past tense) NO DOGS OR ANGLOPHONES.  Be warned before clicking, as it’s addictive if you like weblogs.  It’s a classic: a life-experienced weblogger you’d wish was your Dad or Grandfather …

Visiting Montréal

It’s the only Canadian city Ian Fleming ever wrote into a James Bond novel. Think about that. As a general rule of thumb, the north-south street St. Laurent divides the city into the French east, and English west. The city is fairly low-rise to mid-rise; the downtown has some skyscrapers.  Montréal is built around the …

Patterns: FUNKYTOWN

The story of a fabulous, even legendary city (the only Canadian city Ian Fleming ever imagined James Bond visiting) passing the torch, FUNKYTOWN takes for granted that its audiences know how Montréal was abandoned for Toronto.  I liked this movie a great deal (though I wish more scenes were in French), however, could a viewer …

So you want to learn French…

Interested in learning French and becoming bilingual? It’s less difficult than you might imagine.  A full third of English vocabulary is derived from French, and much of the usage is the same.  I have always wanted to speak French but had a mediocre French education system in a rural anglophone zone.  Today I make mistakes …

C’est mieux être bilingue

It’s better to be bilingual.  North America could easily be more bilingual; as is often pointed out, many Europeans and Asians speak multiple languages without complaining of being “forced” to learn another language. So many North Americans are deeply reluctant to engage in another language, which is a loss not only to them personally but …