I'm going to move back to Canada!

The following is an unedited testimonial from a real Rosetta Stone learner. 

Like most English-speaking Canadians, I learned nothing of any value in my elementary school French classes, and I quit as soon as I could in high school. I felt like I couldn’t learn French. I tried and I tried, but the mindless memorization didn’t work for me. In the past 4 days I’ve learned more French that I did in years of school! I only wish that I had tried it earlier. I now feel like I can learn French, and am going to be able to apply for jobs that weren’t available to me before. Money well spent! Thanks!


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  • Robert P

    I had the same experience. 8 years of French in Ottawa public schools got me nowhere. When I tried to use it across the river in Quebec, I was told to shut up. In my late 30’s I moved to Costa Rica and took several total immersion Spanish courses. It was fun and now my Spanish is quite passable and very useful, living in California.

  • Rajinder singh

    No point taking French unless you are going to work in Quebec or maybe join the RCMP. Otherwise the worlds biggest language is English, and is used widely in most real jobs outside of Quebec. Chinese is Canada’s second biggest language, and Punjabi is also a huge other language. In the US alone over 50 million people of Hispanic descent speak Spanish, more than the entire population of Canada, so it doesn’t make much senses to learn French except for those supporters of separatism in Quebec or for those using it as a political tool to curry favor with Quebec voters. As a slowly dwindling language though it is a good idea to learn it as I love the accent of French women and it’s very useful for visiting the eastern Townships of Quebec, where only French is spoken and speaking English is frowned on.

  • Patt Starr

    Come to Canada !
    Land of the True North, The Strong, The Free AND JOBS

  • http://harmamae.wordpress.com/ harmamae

    Same here, French in school, never learned to speak it. I’ve recently discovered the “mindless memorization” way of teaching language in school is a really bad way to learn languages. It’s far better to learn in context, with vocabulary you’d actually use if you spoke the language…
    And yes, knowing French is useful in Canada, if only to put on your resume and get a job with the government or something.

  • Liz

    WOW you all amaze me, i am a anglophone living in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, they do speak english here and it is not frowned upon as on poster suggested. Yes English is a worldwide language, but learning another language is good too.

  • John Moore

    Yes, come to Canuckland, we have JOBS! All our high paying manufacturing jobs have move to China and have been replaced by minimum wage hospitality jobs at hotels and fast food joints. No french needed, just bring your money and meet me at Tim Hortons (one on every corner)!

  • http://survivalblog.com wally

    good bye…

  • William

    Well, I have a similar story. French until grade 9, found out my French teacher could not really speak French, so I quit. Since then, I managed to teach myself Mandarin Chinese and speak it fluently. Language learning can be exciting, it’s a shame that English-Canada’s education system has drained the joy out of it.

    • Rosetta Stone

      Hi William. We’re glad you were able to enjoy learning Chinese after your initial experiences with French!

  • bruni

    Or my god this is conversation is good in english or others that universal
    thanks god give us the memories to think right boys and girls?

  • Gilles tremblay

    I’m a separatism in Quebec and I respect a lot the english speaking people, but you need to understand us. We live here in french for many years, this is part of our culture and we need to protect our culture because english is so strong. We don’t want to be assimilate in the future. The diversity in the world is very important, but in North america, we are the only group of person who live in another language than english. that’s why we need to protect our french spreaking origin. It’s not against the english speaking people, it’s for us, to keep our difference and our tradition. This doesn’t mean we can’t learn the english. We just need to ask to people who come here in our province (and hopefully our future country) to immigrate to adopt the language of the majority here in Quebec. Like people in USA ask to speak in English (you don’t have to ask, it’s totally usual, but for us we need to ask and people were their culture is not in danger doesn’t understand that most of the time)

    Merci beaucoup

  • Mark

    Glad to hear you will be going home. My wife and I are on our way out to the Tropics for our final move into retirement. When we looked at our budget it seemed that the East Coast or the Prairies were the only places in Canada that we could afford. I think I would rather learn Spanish and put up with the humidity and storms in the summer than learn to speak Newf and freeze all winter. Beyond that, the change in the political landscape here is so depressing that it is becoming embarrassing to be a Canadian, something I never thought I would say. With any luck I will never hear of Mr. Harper, the ethical “oil” sands,” or the Maple Leafs ever again.

  • Steve

    Born a frenchman in Quebec. Hate it there to such a degree that I even hate to go visit. Long ago I joined the U.S. military and stayed here in the U.S., the ‘best country’ in the world. Hope it stays that way. Most people don’t realize that in Canada there is no such thing as ‘free speech’ although Canadians think they have it. Canada is a Socialist country and I’m afraid this is coming to the U.S. especially under the Obama Administration. Anybody can come to Canada, including terrorists. The government has imported so many Haitians and Pakis and so many others that the the culture is being lost and lost forever. Unfortunately, the same thing is happening here, sad to say.

  • marie

    BC is the best. The work is in Calgary, AB, though. Calgary has some nice things….lots of shopping. I lived there for 8 months and I didn’t feel I was in Canada at all. Far too many other ethnic varieties and they speak very little english yet they get hired anywhere! Went into the Canadian Superstore and asked a worker where I could find an item and she says, “Me no understand. Me no no.” Come on!!!!!!! Learn the language!!!!! Edmonton iss the murder capital of Canada and Red Deer scared me.

  • http://Antiwar Jamie

    I’m a Canadian and live in Windsor Ontario.Only now english and we watch mostly Americas corrupt MSM and are very Americanized here,probably m,ore than anywere else in Canada.I only now Englis and never learned freench at all in all the years taken is school.Heard great things about Rosetta Stone and would like to learn new languages to start French or Chineses.By learning an asian language it makes it easyer to learn others in asia.Like for English speaking people french is probably the easyist to learn.English has about a million words Freanch 750 thousand much mopre than others and on word has different meanings and a word pronoced the same is sometimes speeled different.M,any say Englishj is the hardest to learn but many immagrats do great learning and very fluent.I have friends that since we were kids compared to now they speak English as good as me a and many speel better and do better in other subjects to.But am no educating myself and for the first time in ,my life Knoledge is an addiction to me now whitch is great the best addiction you could have.I’m gratefull this happened to me I am no longer blind yto the life in the world beyond my own.And the suffering caused by the countrysa that had me fooled about there great and nobel; intents witch are complete lies.Thanks and sorry for getting of topic but now its important.

  • http://Antiwar Jamie

    Sorry about my spelling type with 1 finger and should have cheacked but forget sometimes.Knowledge is great and now how to spell the words I spelled wrong.Need to learn how to type.My wife learned fast and I could to just need to do it.again sorry but you can see what I meant and fix my mistakes in your head.

  • http://www.TaxRefusal.com Daniel J. Lavigne


    ‘Language’ is merely a means of communicating a thought with a fellow ‘sentient’.

    If one is unable to do so . . . such leads to the possibility of supporting societies that would be party to the use of nuclear and other weapons of mass murder . .

    And all the rest seems to fade away . .

  • Juana

    @Gilles Tremblay, sorry to disappoint you but the #1 language
    spoken in North America other than Enlgish is SPANISH. We have
    more Spanish people in the USA than all the people you have in
    Canada, both French and English speaking. I visted Canada in 1967
    and was I sorry. We visited Montreal, and were not treated kindly.
    Although we speak perfect English, just the fact that we were Americans was enough to receive rude and unwelcomed remarks
    where ever we went. Would never visit again, and when possible
    I tell anyone wanting to go to Canada to NOT GO.

  • Dave S

    Great post, Rosetta. I’m glad you’ve finally found what works for you in language learning.

    I am a lifelong Calgarian who has also lived and worked in Quebec, Europe and the US. I speak and write French fluently because I believed what I was taught in grade school in Calgary (which has one of the longest standing and highest quality public school French Immersion programs in Canada) about the need for English Canadians to do their best to learn our other national language. And I am very glad I did – my bilingualism has opened up many doors for me, both in the employment sector but more importantly, socially and culturally. And it was also responsible for me meeting and marrying my wonderful wife, who hails from Bordeaux.

    Dean Smith, I have 5 wonderful children who were born in Canada and are already contributing to society around the world. If you’re looking for what’s truly important, look no further – and they all hail from Calgary. But if titles are what qualify in your mind as “important”, the current Canadian PM is a Calgarian. And there is a long list of other so-called “important” Calgarians.

    Gilles Tremblay, je suis reconnaissant de trouver un séparatiste qui respecte les Québecois anglais – vous êtes peu nombreux. Merci pour vos commentaires. Cependant, quant au séparatisme, il faut être réaliste: si cela arrive un jour, le reste du Canada n’acceptera pas un arrangement où le Québec part sans payer sa propre partie de la dette nationale. C’est comme si vous aviez un compagnon de chambre qui voulait quitter sans payer sa partie du loyer. Tout comme je suis certain que vous n’accepteriez pas ça, vous devez comprendre que nous, vos “compagnons dans la chambre Canadienne”, qui ont contribué des milliards au Québec depuis longtemps, n’accepterons pas autrement.

  • Marksl

    Coeur de pirate (Béatrice Martin) is changing all these attitudes to French in North America… She is writing and singing in French the best popular music in the Western World, by a wide margin (compare Adele, Florence Welch, Lana del Rey, Katie Perry…. Elle bat tous ces autres chanteuses aux plats coutures.

    She is on her second album and will be on the George Stroumboupoulos CBC Christmas Music Special on Friday 23 December 23.05 ET.

    Her diction in French is excellent and her fans across ROC (in Ontario, Alberta) have translated the lyrics into literal English (easy to find on internet) so you can print them out and follow her even if your French is not that good. And she sings in English (her ‘Lasso’ live is the best performance of that song by Phoenix known on earth).

    CDP in interviews (all over Youtube) may be speaking Québec French, French French or English. Most talented and personable Canadian this Century ….

    Worth moving back to Canada for – except that she is often in France and Belgium where she fills the halls, so if you live there ….

  • Armchair Politician

    To Mark Nov 30. Go ahead, go anywhere, go quickly and don’t let the ‘Canadian’ door hit your rear as you leave.

  • Bob

    I grew up in Montreal and for the most part loved it. I have since moved to B.C. and I find it a far more friendly place to live. I have also travelled extensively in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and almost without exception, the stop signs say “STOP”. I believe that trying to legislate language reform is wrong. Take for example the Cajuns in the southern US, they are totally surrounded by english, they speak french amongst themselves, they can put up signs in their windows in any language they choose without fear of being fined by the “Language Police” and I must say that their culture is very strong. Why? Because they have a culture that is in their hearts, not legislated. Switzerland is another example of how language can can be free to choose. They have three basic languages, Their own dialect, which changes almost from village to village. Swiss German, which is the most common language spoken and allows for a communication language throughout the country. French is also spoken as is Italian in their regions. Another language is Romansch, although not well known, it is spoken by the older Swiss and they maintain it as a tradition. Their second most common language, particularly in business, is english. The point I’m trying to get across is that the Quebec Government and some individuals should think about what they are trying to achieve. They live in the best country in the world and they want to destroy it for something as silly as what language they want to see in store windows. I say, grow up and stop acting like a bunch of kids.

  • Adriano

    So much a fuss for not learning one of the two official languages in Canada, and lovely french. Millions of people during the centuries travelled to Paris coming from all over the world (including clever anglophones), they spent and still spend fortunes to be fluent in french and you anglophone canadians like most of native anglophones are simply lazy to learn the most beatiful language in the world. I am a brazilian citizen and I learned french on my own in Rio de Janeiro, studying on Berlitz-style phrase books while commuting in trains to far suburbs. At age 15 I was already able to speak normally in french with francophone tourists in Copacabana and at age 18 I arrived in France already “francophone”, to the astonishement of Parisians, amazed how a poor boy from a not so poor ant not imperialist country could speak their language in his earlier days in Paris…. It’s a question of will, you Canadians are so luck to be born in a french-speaking country. I wento to Canada only to have the frisson to know the second french speaking city in the world, Montréal…. I would be delighted if Brazil, like Canada and Belgium, could be officially bilingual in french and portuguese. Now living my french dream in France, I hate those unpolite tourists from anglophone countries that ask me adresses and favours in english without even to say some “sorry, vous comprennez l’anglais”???? Simply I just answer all in french and I love to see their arrogant faces come down to earth seeing that i can perfectly understand and reply in english but I refuse to do it…. in FRANCE!

  • Claude

    I dont know why people have to always find ways to disrespect each other, we are all different and should respect each others’ views.
    Canada is a great place to live, but its not perfect, we have to work on alot of isses to cut corruption, and bypartisanship from the govt, remember one thing please:
    Corruption is used only when the system is not working for people, and is used for profit, just like capitalism, so for the ex-cancuk who wrote that Canada is a sosialist regime, I would ask you to look again, and you dont have to go very far to see that capitalism is not working anywhere, not even the US of Eh

  • http://- Andrew Cathcart

    In 1995, we exchanged teachers for 12 months, a Regina, Saskatchewan teacher for a Leeds, Yorkshire teacher. To Canada, we sent a misanthropic, whinger. In return we received a cheerful, optimistic, well trained professional. I knew there was something special about Canada, when our misanthrope returned, markedly more sociable and determined to become pregnant.

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