language barrier

Old Jan 9th, 2001, 08:34 AM
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language barrier

I was told that in Montreal they are more French than the people in France. I do not know any french at all. Should I take a few lessons before I go? Also, I plan on staying at the Queen Elizabeth. Anyone who has stayed there please give me all the information you can regarding this hotel. Thanks
Old Jan 9th, 2001, 09:01 AM
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Don't worry about not speaking French. I have been to Montreal many times and I find that people are actually a little more relaxed about my not speaking French than they were in the past. If you want to use a little French (thanks, please, etc.) that's always helpful.

I've stayed at the Queen Elizabeth a few times. It's ok. It's a big hotel, rooms were average.
Old Jan 10th, 2001, 12:19 PM
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I agree w/Susan. The people are more than willing to speak a bit of English, esp. in the tourist areas, but it is always nice to try a few words of the local language. Most people find that charming.

As for the Queen Elizabeth, I thought the lobby was more impressive than my room. Ask for a room overlooking the Cathedral next door for a nice view.

Bon voyage!
Old Jan 10th, 2001, 12:36 PM
Brian KIlgore
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Decent restuarnats are fine with you speaking only English. Same with taxi drivers. The Metro (subway system) is easy to take while speaking English. Art galleries, etc. have signage in both English and French. There are English newspapers, magazoines, etc. on newsstands, English television and radio, etc.
The QE is in the heart of downtown, over top of the main railway station. Tehre are tunnels to the station, and to a network of underground shopping malls, so you could spend a couple of days in Montreal, sleep at the QE, and never go outside.
The Beaver Club restaurant in the QE is one of the best restaurants in the city; expensive. Theme is early explorers and fur traders.
You are a half hour (interesting) walk from Old Montreal, an arty, historical area, and five minutes walk from excellent shopping above ground (in addition to the underground stores)
All in all, it's a fine, if maybe a touch dull, hotel.
Old Jan 10th, 2001, 02:51 PM
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Well, I'm french speaking myself and I can tell you that you won't have any problems with English in Montreal. Same with the city of Hull. But if you plan to go to Quebec City (and you should! It's far more beautiful! I should know, it's my hometown) then you may need to learn some "key words" in french.

Have a nice trip!

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