The unofficial greeting in the bilingual Canadian city of Montreal has long been a friendly “Bonjour, Hi!” But that standard is no more since a motion mandating store clerks to greet customers only in French was passed in Quebec’s provincial legislature.
How do Canadians say hello?
Eh? – This is the classic Canadian term used in everyday conversation. The word can be used to end a question, say “hello” to someone at a distance, to show surprise as in you are joking, or to get a person to respond. It’s similar to the words “huh”, “right?” and “what?” commonly found in U.S. vocabulary.
Do they say bonjour in Quebec?
The Quebec government says it has no plans to introduce legislation to force businesses to greet customers in French only, instead of with the “bonjour/hi” used in many Montreal stores.
How do you say hello in French Canadian?
Here are some basic French phrases for travelers to Montreal and Quebec.
- Hello; Good day – Bonjour.
- Good evening – Bonsoir.
- My name is Tom. – Je m’appelle Tom.
- What’s your name? – Comment vous appellez-vous?
- Nice to meet you. – Enchanté (for men) / Enchantée (for women)
- How are you? …
- I’m fine, thank you. …
- And you?
How do you say thank you in Canada?
I am fine, thank you. – Bien, merci. (Literally, “Fine, thanks.”)
How is dating in Canada?
In Canada, men and women are free to make choices about whom they date and if or when they want to have sex with another person. People are also free to have an intimate sexual relationship with a person of the same gender.
What is a famous Canadian saying?
Canadian Slang Words You Need to Know
- “Eh?!” Loonie (and toonie) …
- “I’m gonna go to Timmies real quick and grab me a box of Timbits.” …
- “Mmm… …
- “Yeah, this is a crazy life. …
- “I’m on my way to the Beer Store to pick up a two-four.” …
- “Grab your toque. …
- “Just grab a mickey. …
- “Let’s have a couple pops on the chesterfield [couch].”
Is Bon Matin used in Quebec?
If “bon matin” is used in Québec, whatever the context, it remains French, maybe not proper French for some people, but it’s still part of the language.
When people in Quebec say bon jour they mean?
Bonjour is usually not used as per its literal definition. It’s basically just a “hello,” being slightly more formal than “allo.” I’ve seen it used at all times of the day, including evening.
How do you respond to Bonjour in French?
You can either reply saying “Bonjour” back or you could say “salut” which also means hello but in an informal way. You can also reply either with “comment allez-vous?” which means how are you or how is it going in a formal way or you could use “ça va?” which also means the same but in an informal way.
How do you greet someone in Canada?
- Greetings are usually informal in social settings.
- First names are normally used in initial introductions or shortly thereafter.
- A handshake is the common greeting between strangers. …
- French Canadians may also greet each other by lightly kissing both cheeks once, starting on the left.
Are Canadian French?
Although Canada is a predominantly English-speaking country, there are francophone communities throughout its provinces. In fact, according to the 2016 census, French is the native language of around 7.2 million Canadians—or about 20 percent of the total population.