In general, you don’t need to speak French to live in Montreal and enjoy it Let’s get a bit into specific details Job – some jobs require French.So roughly number of available jobs to you will be 40% to 60% of what you would have if you know French.It still leaves a lot of jobs – however, best to start a job search earlymaking friends – not at all.
English is fineshopping – it is a tourist centric city.almost everyone in retail can speak Englishgoing back to school.2 very large English speaking Universities Montreal is a heck of a lot more fun to live in than Ottawa.
Talked with someone who does a government job in Ottawa and they would give an arm and a leg to live in Montreal Guess what, EVERYONE worries about the language thing before moving to Montreal and then realizes it is not a big deal once they are here Here are the main issues and mitigations Only 40% to 60% of jobs available for non french speaking people.Mitigation: Start your job search early and get a job that doesn’t require FrenchPeople unfriendly.Only 10% to 20% who are hardcore Francophones.
The greater Montreal area is 1.8 million people.The remaining 80% who are going to be OK with you not speaking French is still 1.44 millionBack to School.McGill University is one of the best universities in North America and fully English speaking.
There is also ConcordiaNot quite sure why there is such a misconception.It’s literally a bilingual city – it is OK if you know only French.
Regarding: Do I need to be fluent in French to enjoy everyday living in Montreal (job, making friends, shopping or going back to school…etc.)?As an anglophone who grew up in Vancouver and having lived in Montréal for over 10 years without speaking a word of French, I can say it is definitely possible to live in Montreal without speaking a word of French.BilinguilismOutside of extremely francophone boroughs, most Montrealers are bilingual to a certain degree.
It will be rare for you to encounter someone who does not know at least a little bit of English.You’re more likely to come across an anglophone who can’t speak a word of French than a francophone who cannot speak English.Of course, this completely changes the moment you leave Montréal’s borders.
Distribution of Anglophones and FrancophonesPractically everyone who works in customer service speaks English, especially downtown or anywhere where there is heavy tourism.There are pockets of communities where English is predominate: West Island, West Mount, Saint-Leonard, etc.Bumping into West Islanders who could barely properly pronounce “arrêt” was fairly common for me.
Overall finding your own “English Bubble” in Montréal can be fairly easy.Language DiscriminationMontreal is generally a friendly city with most people that I have encountered to be very nice.The few times where I have had a negative experience was with public service employees (régie de lodgement, STM, hospital staff, etc.)
which have been rather rare, though some hospitals can have more prejudiced staff than others.Every Anglophone, unilingual or bilingual, will be able to recall at least a handful of incidents where language discrimination has left them with a bad taste in their mouth.I’ve personally have heard quite a few anecdotes from nurses (both francophone and anglophone) who have transfered out of French Hospitals to work else where due to discrimination against anglophone patients by other hospital staff.
Of course, I think is one of the more extreme types of discrimination that you might encounter as an anglophone in this city.I remember growing up here and telling myself everyday how I was going to move to Toronto and leave this shit city (those exact words).I must say things have improved a lot over the last 10 years and such incidents of discrimination are much fewer and farther inbetween.
This is however my personal experience and yours will definitely vary.Finding Work as an AnglophoneThe part where things get tough.Well paid jobs with for Anglophones are few and far between.
Of course this will depend on which domain you work in, but to put things simply, why would an employer hire an unilingual anglophone when 90% of the city is bilingual and a more than half are trilingual (not real numbers, just demonstrating a point.)Don’t expect to get a job in customer service without being able to speak French to at least a functional level.Bill 101 basically requires that you be able to service clients in French.
My parents have worked in Montréal since our arrival a decade ago, running their small business, and all they know how to say is “Bonjour” and “Merci”.If you can find your niche in the market, you can definitely make a living here.In addition, most people working in asian restaurants in Chinatown only speak Cantonese and English (some don’t even speak English), though I would not use this as an indication of being able to find non-french required jobs in Montréal.
Learning French (for free)The best part of Québec is that as a permanent resident of Canada, you can go to a French language school and learn French for free!If you were to pay for this, it would cost you around 1000$ a month for something similar.The French Language schools are exceptional and it would be a waste to come to Montréal and not take advantage of this.
It took me a year to reach a level where my french is proficient enough for me to attend University in french.This is will vary depending on how much effort you put into learning and using the language.I must say, learning French was the most difficult thing I have ever done in my life, and this is coming from someone who worked 60-80hrs a week for 4 years in a NFPO.
Question: Can I live in Montréal without speaking a word of French?Definitely.I did it for over a decade, went to University, got a job, etc.but life is going to be very tough and unnecessarily so.
If your coming here just to have fun and enjoy this wonderful city, you can rather easily get by without knowing a word of French.
If your partner lives in Montreal, I do not understand the problem of learning another language.You do not absolutely need French, but it definitely helps.You may be able to find a job where you can pick up the language as you work, and thereby learn the language easily and gradually.
There are many institutions of higher education in Montreal, so you can easily study in English as I did.Personally, I find Ottawa and Toronto boring compared to Montreal, and I would never trade Montreal for either of those two cities unless I worked for the federal government or had an extremely high paying job that was guaranteed for life or had a business that kept me there and allowed me to travel as much as possible to and from Montreal.That being my opinion, Vancouver is another beast, as I believe Vancouver beats Montreal any day, as long as you can afford it.
If all that is keeping you from moving to Montreal is a language, then I consider it to be a pretty lame reason.My opinion is the more languages the better.
You can live in Montreal without speaking French, but will you enjoy it as much as those who are bilingual?No.Everything in Montreal is in French, there are even signs that are only in French!
Some people will only know French and if you won’t be able to communicate with them in French, you will be discriminated against.There is a double standard.Now, for the things you mentioned: Job – will be very hard to find a good job without speaking French Making friends – shouldn’t be a problem Shopping – if You’re shopping in Montreal, you will be fine, it might be tough in more French areas in Quebec like Laval Going back to school – if you are talking about university, there is McGill and there’s Concordia, which are both good schools that are English.
If you are talking about high school, you may need to go to a french high school (look up Bill 101) Living in Ottawa will be preferable, but there isn’t much to do there.It can get boring.But it’s mostly English, and a 1hr30min drive to Montreal, so you’ll be able to visit your partner easily.
Montreal is one of the best place to live in Canada.English is most commonly used and understand by local people.In case, If you need to learn French language.
Yeah you totally need to speak French to live in Montreal.It is barely possible to manage without it but you’re gonna have a miserable time unnecessarily.It’s not that hard to learn when you’re surrounded by it.
But unless you want to live entirely in Dollard-des-Ormeaux and Baie D’Urfe and never even go downtown – forget it.