The official language in Montreal is French, and with a population of 1.7 million this makes it the second largest French-speaking city in the world, after Paris.
French is spoken at home by more than 56% of the population followed by 19% English and 18% other languages.
Many people in Montreal speak both English and French and service is usually provided in both languages.
Anglophone: a person who speaks English as a primary language, a native speaker.
Francophone: a person who speaks French as a primary language, a native speaker.
Basic French — English translations of helpful words
S.V.P. (s’il vous plait): Please
Commandez ici: Order Here
Dépanneurs: corner store
Thank you: Merci
A helping hand
The McGill Writing Centre provides a central resource for written communication, offering credit courses for both native and non-native English speakers
Whether you want to start from scratch with your verb conjugaisons, brush up on your conversation skills or immerse yourself in an intensive five-level program, McGill has a wide array of French-language instruction options to suit the needs of current and prospective students.
The MISN offers roughly ten weekly language classes each semester. The languages taught typically include French, English, Japanese, Mandarin, Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish and German.