Our guest blogger this week is Navut.com – they help people who come to Montreal find a good neighborhood to live in.
Unlike most cities in Canada, or North America for that matter, Montreal is the perfect place to practice and perfect two different languages. Being an (unofficially) bilingual city, Montrealers are well-versed in both English and French, thus allowing newcomers to Canada the chance to learn both tongues.
You can, of course, learn French and English in other Canadian cities, as classes on the two languages are held throughout Canada, but only Montreal provides the ideal linguistic-social setting for aspiring Franco & Anglophones. Whereas other cities keep language-learning in the classroom, Montreal provides real-life grounds to better one’s French & English, basically because a large majority of the city speak either one.
By being able to use French/English in true social settings, with individuals well-versed in the language, novices can hone their natural speaking skills much more quickly. Plus, if you know English very well but not French (or vice versa) you can simply speak a word in English and ask for a translation, with Montreal citizens easily able to provide the correct term on the fly.
But that isn’t to say you can employ such a method everywhere in Montreal, as certain city-neighborhoods are predominantly French or English-speaking. What you should look for are bilingual neighborhoods, communities where the majority of the population speak both languages fluently, so you can easily practice either tongue.
Rather than just guess as to which Montreal neighborhoods are the most bilingual, Navut has provided you with a list. Using Navut’s patented algorithm, based off of open-source data, we’ve broken down Montreal’s bilingualism by neighborhood. Check out our list of the city’s most bilingual neighborhoods below, and go out and get practicing.
- Griffintown: 84% bilingual
- Senneville: 79% bilingual
- Laval-sur-le-lac: 78% bilingual
- Kirkland: 77% bilingual
- Montreal-West: 77% bilingual
- Mount-Royal: 76% bilingual
- Westmount: 76% bilingual
- Old Montreal: 76% bilingual
- Beaconsfield: 76% bilingual
- Hampstead: 75% bilingual
- Baie-d’Urfé: 74% bilingual
- Île Bizard: 73% bilingual
by Liz Lee of Navut.com