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Old 06-02-2006, 06:27 AM   #1
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i'm northern irish and the missus is canadian, we met in oz and now we're back in our seperate countries. shes just started uni again, so her comin here is outta the question. whereas i graduated 2yrs ago, cant be arsed with the career job just yet (with anyluck i'll be the worlds 1st economist postman at the end of the month) so im thinkin of sunny canada 4 a yr or so. shes in montreal, so im wondering how difficult would it be to get a job out there as my latin is about as good as my french. im not lookin 4 a serious proper job (though i may look into it as long as they help with language classes etc) thinkin along the lines of bar, cafe type jobs to begin with.

also how much does the french canadian lingo differ from european french??

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We've got a handful of Quebecois here who can probably help you with your questions...

Luckily, being Commonwealth, you shouldn't have too much trouble with a visa and stuff. Good luck to you and your ol' lady!
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well technically the european french should be the same, seeing as it is the same language....but they can be very different. The montreal-francophone accent is VERY different from the parisian accent...not quite as clear of a french to understand for a native english speaker (IMO). There is also a great deal more slang usage in Quebec than in France so some words could be a lot more difficult to pick up. Not sure how difficult it would be to get a job in Montreal though seeing as I've never had to but I'm assuming w/ the jobs you've listed not too difficult as long as you have a little experience.
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You don't need to worry about speaking french in Montreal, half the population doesn't even speak french because there is so much diversity there. If you do speak french though, you'll find it very different than France french. I grew up in Quebec and people who knew Quebec french would fail french at school because it was so different. Good luck with a job and everything...hope you enjoy Montreal.
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I think the language problem would be especially easy with a bar or something, if you could work in a touristy area. I'm sure english will get you by just fine!!

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so i need some form of certificates for the bar work?? whats the average bar wage if you guys would know??
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so i need some form of certificates for the bar work?? whats the average bar wage if you guys would know??
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probably minimum servers wage plus tips...I blieve that's what I get now $6.75/hr Canadian. But if you work @ a club or something tips can easily grow to be pretty huge. My friend made 400-1000 in tips/weekend and she only worked fri/sat!!!
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salut weazel !

Our accent is indeed very different from the european one, but you can adapt in a few weeks if you already speak some french. I wouldn't worry too much about the language. And as it was said, a large part of the population in Montreal lives in english (not half though...), and anyway the majority is bilingual. The west part of the island of Montreal is mostly english, so to start you could find a job there.

However, if you want to work in tourist areas, I believe employers will require only bilingual people. We get a lot of tourists from french Europe and of course from the province of Quebec, so french is a must. But you can work in the kitchen for the time you'll be improving your french. Or work in a english district, like I said.

Here's a link with jobs in Montreal : working in montreal

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