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Language and french-english dictionary

If you don't speak French, don't worry most people in tourist areas speak English. If you're practicing your French, don't be surprised if a Francophone switches to English. Just insist on speaking French and explain that you're practicing. However, don't expect everyone to speak English.

This bilingual dictionary might be of use to you. If you are looking for a dictionary of québécois expressions, click here

Here are a few words that can be useful on your visit.
  • Bonjour / Bonsoir : Hi (literally, Good day) / Good evening (or Good night).

  • Chaud / Froid : Hot / Cold - so if you see the letter 'C' on a faucet, it's the hot water (eau chaude), the 'F' is the cold water (eau froide).

  • Poussez / Tirez : if you see this on a door, you either push (Poussez) or pull (Tirez).

  • Parlez vous anglais? : it means "do you speak English?".

  • Toilettes : it means bathrooms, as in "où sont les toilettes?" (where's the bathroom?). The other things are easy to sign or mime but this one is difficult. By the way, if there's a sign saying "Homme", it's the bathroom for men. If it's "Femmes" or "Dames", it's for women. Most bathroom signs have pictograms, so there's not much chance of entering the wrong one.



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