Hi, I need your responses about how many canadians speak French. Thanks, its for my U.S. History class, and I have to know this because like "how did the french and indian war effect north amercas lives?"
Nov 28th, 2001, 11:22 PM
Well, there are 31 miilion people in Canada. My guess is that it's about one third or about 10 million. <img src="graemlins/wavey.gif" border="0" alt="[Wavey]" />
Nov 28th, 2001, 11:37 PM
Well if you look up the population of the province of Quebec... at least 95% of them speak french there.
There are also French speaking communities scattered all over the nation, in all of the provinces.<br />So its hard to say..
It depends what you mean by French speaking as well... do you mean fluently?
Cause the number of Canadians who can speak a little French will be far larger than those who are fluent in it.
Nov 28th, 2001, 11:57 PM
I wrote an essay on the French culture in Canada in my last year of high school. I'll give you the numbers I found but keep in mind that they are about 5 years old so the numbers might have changed a bit. I'll try to adapt them to the new demographic situation.
In 1995 about 24% of the Canadian population has French as its mother tongue. That percentage is still decreasing. In 1971 it was 26,3% and in 1981 it was already down to 25,7%. I think that today it must be around 23% on a total population of 31,500,000, means that about 7,245,000 are native French-speakers.
80% of the Québec population are French-speakers, which must be around 6,000,000 people. There are about 500,000 French-speakers in Ontario, 250,000 in New Brunswick and the others are dispersed over the remaining provinces but they are never more than 5% of the total population of those provinces.
Hope this helps a bit.
Nov 29th, 2001, 01:06 AM
Those numbers only account for those whose First Language is French. There are several other english speaking Canadians who have learned French as their second language. Any figures there? <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" />
Nov 29th, 2001, 01:26 AM
Thanks Berry_Dude, Josh, and BECCA!!!!
Nov 29th, 2001, 03:34 AM
Almost anyone born and raised in Canada under the age of 30 will have taken some French classes in school. I am 31 and grew up in Ontario, and 6 years of classes were mandatory for me.
Nov 29th, 2001, 04:39 AM
and then there are those of us Canadians that were raised elsewhere! <img src="graemlins/wavey.gif" border="0" alt="[Wavey]" />
Nov 29th, 2001, 08:45 AM
As far as I know, the six years of taking French class, is still mandatory.<br />Of course its offered longer than that, but we're no longer required to take it.
I always found French class to be the most boring thing in existence.. I could never understand why it was so hard for them to make it interesting for us.
Regardless, I still took French longer than I had too, cause I felt it was something that I should learn.
Nov 30th, 2001, 02:45 AM
Becca, are you saying that you speak French? <img src="confused.gif" border="0">
Nov 30th, 2001, 10:39 AM
I suggest you also ask for information from the Canadian embassy in your country. I did that too for my essay and they are very friendly and helpful. They sent me a lot of useful information.
Nov 30th, 2001, 04:41 PM
Barrie: I'm hardly fluent. But I understand some French, I can read it a little, and if I go to Quebec I can order off a menu, and ask all the important questions.<br />I should know it better than I do though.
Nov 30th, 2001, 05:09 PM
Well I suppose the question should be: "Becca, can you talk dirty to me in French while we are in bed?" <img src="graemlins/drool.gif" border="0" alt="[Drool]" /> <img src="graemlins/drool.gif" border="0" alt="[Drool]" /> <img src="graemlins/drool.gif" border="0" alt="[Drool]" />