A2A: What is the best place in Quebec to live and work without needing to study French TL;DR A great trick is to learn some basic French phrases.You can then talk to anyone in French and they will immediately switch to English because of your terrible accent.———————————————————————————————————————————- “Best place” is subjective.
If you mean, where is it easiest to be a uni-lingual anglophone?The Outouais, including Gatineau, the Pontiac, Chelsea and Wakefield, are your best choices.The Aylmer portion of Gatineau was extremely anglophone when I lived there in the 80s.
I had one francophone friend who lived down the street.It’s a lot more francophone now.You could easily live just in English almost anywhere in Montreal which is almost completely bilingual.
Getting a job where you don’t speak French is harder.You can’t work in the service industry, and would have to find a small business where everyone else was willing to only work in English.Those jobs are few and far between.
But hope is not lost.In this case your best bet is Gatineau since it’s right across the river from Ottawa.You can live in Quebec, work in Ontario and never have to mutter a word in French.
In fact I know many people who live in Quebec, work in Ottawa and are friends with mostly anglophones who live in Ontario.But once again, even in Ottawa you can forget working in retail, government or any public sector that deals with the public, because they all require that you are bilingual (as they should).However at the end of the day it is completely possible to live in Quebec without ever speaking French.
However this won’t solve the problem that other people will speak French to you: clerks in stores, the guy delivering the pizza, the cop giving you a speeding ticket.They’ll almost always start in French unless there is something that obviously says your an anglophone.And they’ll keep talking in French until you say: “Sorry?” And then they’ll repeat it in English.
That is unless they see your Quebec license plate and insist on speaking French just because you couldn’t be bothered to learn even basic French while living in Quebec.The better question is why would you want to avoid learning French?
To be quite frank, this is like asking “What is the best place to live and work in America without needing to study english.” That being said I will still try to answer the question.Probably Montreal as it has the largest amount of english speakers of any place in Quebec, so there are many areas of the city where people will only or primarily speak english, so you could probably work and live in those areas without speaking french.Even in the francophone and mixed areas just about everybody can speak English to a high degree.
The lines between who is a francophone and who is an anglophone can be quite blurred in Montreal as a lot of people speak both languages perfectly without a particularly noticeable accent in either.That being said I would encourage you to learn french.Much of the city’s culture is french and most of its inhabitants prefer using the french language and will appreciate your efforts, so by choosing not to learn french you are denying yourself many cultural opportunities to really get to know the city.
In addition you will be at a massive disadvantage in the job hunt with the overwhelmingly bilingual population of the city, in a city where jobs are somewhat difficult to find (from what I hear, though that’s how it is across north america these days).Also the governments of Quebec and Canada provide plenty of free, high quality opportunities to learn French.To give an example of one such opportunity I’m from Toronto and I took advantage of one such opportunity that the federal government of Canada offers known as the Explore program which allows you to go for free on a french immersion program and course in a city in Quebec, for a month and almost all your expenses (course, food, housing) are paid for by the government and it took me from very low level french to almost fluent in the span of a month.
That’s just one of the free opportunities you have to learn french and I would highly recommend you take advantage of them for the above reasons.
I’ve lived in Montréal for 10 years now, and I’ve never understood why anyone would want to move here and not learn French.You miss about 90% of the fun.In fact, you miss the whole point of the place.
I didn’t speak a word when I got here (though I did speak other languages), and it was harder to learn French than I expected.But, boy, am I glad that I made the effort.Living and working bilingually is wonderful, and has became part of who I am.
Without getting into political history (which accounts for the resentments of some native Anglophones), the fact is that Québec is a great place to live, and the Québécois are some of the most interesting and likable people anywhere.I have lots of friends and colleagues with whom I speak in both languages, switching back and forth.Our personalities and expressiveness changes as we switch.
This is how we get to really know and understand each other.Some unilingual Anglophones complain that it’s hard to find a job here, as if it were a matter of discrimination.The truth is that, for most jobs, the majority of the people you interact with will have French as their maternal language.
Why should they be forced to work or be served in a second language because someone else is too lazy/stubborn/clueless to learn the majority language?By the way, in general I believe that any citizen of the modern world ought to be multilingual, particularly so they can better relate to their neighbours.Specifically, I don’t understand why anyone would want to live in North America (including Québec) and not also speak English.
I am a university student studying in Sherbrooke, QC.This city not only boasts multiple good education centers which increase the overall citizen education, but it also is almost purely bilingual.People have lived in Sherbrooke their whole lives without needing to learn French.
(This is the case for one of my teachers) What I think is the best about Sherbrooke is that by its very existence, it encorages French people to learn English and English to learn French.Its a great place for anyone interested in learning (Universities or language) and its a city with a very large number of young people which makes the city feel fresh and young.Sherbrooke also boasts a large amount of international students.
One of my classes of 20 students had thirteen different nationalities of which many spoke no French.If you desire to visit Quebec or live there, consider visiting Sherbrooke and seeing if it would be a good place for you.
I’m a (virtually) uni-lingual anglophone, born and raised in Ontario who’s moved to Quebec a few times; once to Hull and twice to Montreal.Both Hull and Montreal are pretty easy to get by without speaking French.Admittedly, there are areas of Montreal where it can be a little tougher.
That said, I would agree with a number of the other answers here that Montreal is your best bet.Rare was the person I met in Montreal who couldn’t speak English.(Not quite as rare were the ones who could, but refused to; but that was generally only an issue on the east end of the Island) If you spent any significant time there though, you will be amazed at how quickly you will start to pick the basics up.
As a result of Bill 101, French is EVERYWHERE and it’s almost insidious how quickly you’ll find yourself using some French.To this day, I feel that I can understand more spoken French than I can speak, but that’s more a result of my own insecurity at the correct pronunciation of the language.Also, to this day, when I want to swear, I do it in French rather than English; Quebecios swearing is almost an art form!!!
The West Island is one of the best places to live here in Quebec if you want to live and work with no French.This includes Pointe-Claire, Dollard-Des-Ormeaux aka DDO, Pierrefonds, Dorval, Vaudreuil, Hudson, Dorion, Kirkland, Beaconsfield, etc.Despite some of the very French sounding names of these towns, you can get by quite easily here without French because the majority of the people living here speak English.
You can work and enjoy a relatively French-free speaking life here.I have quite a few family members living here who don’t speak French.But if you leave this area you just might come across some difficulty even in the downtown core with people who insist on speaking in French while you communicate in English.
It’s been the case for quite a number of years.
There isn’t any…although there are some areas in Montréal where you can work and live in English for a good part of you time, but, if it’s learning a new language that worries you, here are a few hints: Québecers are a tolerant and very friendly people and will help you learn French in no time,The provincial and Canadian governments offer free French courses to people who want them,Why would you want to come to Québec and isolate yourself in an English ghetto?
Once you enter the French Québec milieu you’ll have a much more enjoyable time and find out how charming,sexy and loveable Québecois can be!
There are suburbs surrounding the city of Montreal which contain large anglophone populations where French is not essential for day-to-day functioning.Within those areas, there are also companies whose business is primarily conducted in English because their goods and services cater to the export market, and in may cases employees will be bilingual anyway.So overall, I’d say Montreal depending on your profession – there are other places such as Gatineau, Quebec, which borders Ottawa that is primarily government.
Great answers already.I will just add that if you really want a job in the Montreal area without heavily needing French, then you must definitely target the famous “West Island”.Places like Point-Claire, Beaconsfield, Kirkland, Pierrefonds, etc.
A lot of people speak mostly English.Even in Dorval, where the YUL airport is you can find fairly a bit.
find a company that exports all of their product to the USA and you may be able to get away with speaking no French.That said, bilingualism is part of the charm of living in Montreal.
Contrary to popular believe, there are places and get back where you can live without speaking French.I was born in Montreal in a francophone family.Montreal is as bilingual as you will find anywhere in Canada alongside Ottawa.
If you want to live in an English environment, you can try the West End and West Island in Montreal.You would be an “Anglo”.
HOME is the best place for you.Stay there, work through computer, buy food online, and don’t talk to any french canadian.Oh, the good point is you can relocate your home somewhere else if it turns to be too complicated for you to avoid thoses french speaking people.
There are a few places, all in or around Montreal.Plateau/Mile End: inner city triplexes, lots of arts and culture, everything within walking distance.The more west you go, the more English it is.
West Island: the western tip of the island of Montreal is all suburbs and traditionally very English.Hudson: an off-island village that is pretty English speaking.
What is the best place in Quebec to live and work without needing to study French?
The  top three cities in the province of Quebec with the highest percentage of English speaking residents are: MontrealGatineauSherbrookeFootnotes Language demographics of Quebec – Wikipedia
Best place is Ontario… Seriously I don’t understand why people move here and ignorantly don’t try to learn French.It makes life harder for us anglos who try to have a real life here.It makes us all look like ignorent fools.
The city of Montreal is just about the only place where you can get by without French but not everywhere.
You’ll have to find a company whose working language is English.
Why do you not want to study French if you’re thinking about living in Quebec?I don’t mean you should live in French like a franco but why not trying to learn?Even in Montreal, you certainly enjoy more the city when you’re bilingual.
no where,the system is so carefully crafted,that to find a job,even a dishwasher one,you have to fully speak and understand quebecois,maybe 40 years ago was possibly to go by to find work speaking english only,better go west via 401