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?"
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.
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]" />
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.
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]" />