I am privileged to be a Canadian. Everybody says Canada is a great place to live. I want to be proud to be a Canadian.
Canada is a mosaic of cultures. People come from all over the world to live here. While each person becomes a Canadian, they are still encouraged to maintain ties with their motherland. They’re encouraged to hang on to their familial ties, keep their traditions and culture, and ultimately enjoy the freedom in Canada.
As a true Canadian
I want to feel good about my country
I have learned that over 22% of Canadians call French their mother tongue. As Canadians, we are privileged to have one out of five French mother tongue speakers in our Canadian Nation. They are one of our founding Peoples. They are part of the fabric of our country and Quebec is so accessible and affordable in comparison to other opportunities.
Most Canadians today speak more than one language. Learning French in our country would help me have a better understanding of and respect for others and other cultural diversities in our country.
As an enlightened Canadian
I wish to be able to communicate with other people around the world
The world is bigger than our backyard. We are also living longer. Opportunities for travel are made easier.
Being bilingual is a common phenomenon on all other continents where countries are surrounded by multitudes of languages. French is one of the top six languages most widely spoken in the world. France is the top tourist destination in the world. It attracts more than 75 million visitors a year.
Research has shown that that bilingualism is good for the brain. By embracing bilingualism, we might not only become healthier of mind but more competitive and by the same token have a more profound sense of Canada as well.
As an avid learner
I like to learn and I know that the more I know the more I will grow in self-confidence
I will feel confident, and not nervous or afraid to meet and speak with anyone in Canada who doesn’t speak English or who speaks to me in French. I know French is an easy language to learn for an English speaking learner.
For example, 50% of current English vocabulary is derived from French. That’s one out of two!
I’ll be able to feel more at ease when I travel away from home. As French is the international language of cooking, fashion, theatre, the visual arts, dance and architecture, I will be able to enjoy the things that I like in a greater variety of ways.
As a forward-thinking Canadian
Because I want to put as many chances on my side as possible
I need to have access to the same opportunities as others from other cultures that have learned to be bilingual or multilingual. I know I will have access to a larger pool of information and to more educational and career opportunities.
After English and German, French is the most widely used language on the internet. French is an advantage on the international job market. It is both a working and an official language of the Canadian Federal Government, of the People of Quebec, the United Nations, The European Union, UNESCO, NATO, The International Red Cross, the International Olympic Organisation, and the International courts.