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There are 5 books in the OffQc bookshop. Here’s an overview of each:
- C’est what? 75 mini lessons in conversational Québécois French is an introductory book that will raise your awareness of the important features of spoken French. Buy it, read it and get your bearings in conversational Québécois French. This book will help make everything fall into place faster as you continue learning independently. There’s also a set of exercises with answers at the end of the book for you to test your new knowledge. Buy it in the OffQc bookshop
- Contracted French Contractions used in spoken Québécois French This book will help you to finally get a hold on informal contractions used in spoken language. You’ll increase your understanding of what people are saying and make your own use of French sound more natural. The examples in this book are read aloud in mp3 files. There are lots of exercises in this book with a complete answer key, the entirety of which has also been read aloud and recorded. This book is the most expensive of them all, but it covers in detail an immensely important area of colloquial language. Buy it in the OffQc bookshop
- 1000 explores the most important conversational language used in Québécois French that appeared in the first 1000 posts on OffQc. This book includes 1000 example sentences, each one accompanied by detailed usage and pronunciation notes. Learn and review a large amount of vocabulary and expressions in a short amount of time and start feeling comfortable in Québécois French when both listening and speaking. Buy it in the OffQc bookshop
- Entendu au Québec 99 questions and answers This book will challenge you to guess how speakers from Québec said a selection of 99 short and pertinent utterances in French. All examples in this book were taken directly from real conversations that occurred in Québec. Many readers have found this book to be useful during practice sessions with a francophone language-exchange partner. Buy it in the OffQc bookshop
- Say it in French: Translate 125 sentences to conversational Québécois French This book uses English-to-French translation exercises to test your knowledge of colloquial vocabulary and expressions used in Québécois French. If you like translation, this book will help you to identify spots where your use of colloquial French might be off. Buy it in the OffQc bookshop
Where to start with this blog
You can start reading anywhere in this blog. Each post has a number, but you don’t have to read them in that order. The numbers are there to help you keep track of where you are. If you want a few suggestions of what to read, here are some good starting points:
- If you’re travelling to or through Québec, here’s help with ordering in French at Tim Hortons in Québec and ordering in French at McDonalds in Québec.
- Someday this will all make sense to you (even number 10!): 10 signs you speak French like the Québécois.
- Have you ever wondered what Québécois French might sound like to European francophones? Do you need a few compelling (and off-the-wall) reasons to learn to speak like the Québécois?
- Read this list of 50 sentences in Québécois French for an idea of what the vocabulary is like. Read this list of 31 sentences using a word borrowed from English to get an idea of how Québécois French has integrated these words.
- Are you sick of feeling like an outsider in French? Are you possessed by a bitchy inner voice that holds you back in French? Is there any place for passive listening when working on your French listening skills? Does listening to lots of French exhaust you?
- You’ll find lots of entries on OffQc to help you stay on course in French, like avoiding what I did to learn Turkish and speaking French with your significant other.
- In the Listen to Québécois French section of OffQc, you’ll find lots of videos in French with the audio transcribed so you can follow along. Listen to the videos both with and without consulting the transcriptions.
- Do you have trouble using en? I’ve created some posts to help you make sense of it. You can start demystifying en here; be sure to also read parts 1b and 2. (Follow the links at the end of the post.)
- Do you want to get an idea for some of the vocabulary you’ll come across in Québec? Check out this fun list of 50 random phrases every diehard fan of Québécois French should know!
- At an informal level of spoken French, you’ll often hear tu used in questions where you might not have expected it. I’ve created a mini-guide exploring how the Québécois use tu to ask yes-no questions.
- Do you know how â is pronounced by Québécois speakers?
- Not all words pronounced with the â sound are actually written with this accented letter. Here are 50 words pronounced with the â sound in Québec but not written with the accented â.
- If you don’t know how the letters d and t are pronounced in Québec when they occur before the i and u sounds, you need to learn these 100 examples of the dzidzu and tsitsu! When you’ve finished reading that one, there’s more here, here, here, here and here. You’ll hear a good example of the tsitsu in this video when the speaker says attitude.
- You’ve been hearing certain words come up again and again, and now you’re curious! How do the Québécois use the verb pogner? What about the verb niaiser? Là and là là, what do they mean? You’ll hear the verb pogner used in this video and the verb niaiser used in this one. What about ça m’tente (pas) and j’ai (pas) l’goût, what do they mean?
- For fun, test your knowledge of Québécois French! There’s a Québécois French quiz here and another Québécois French quiz here.
- If you want to start right back at the beginning of this blog with post #1 from December 2010, you’ll find that here.
- Yep, it’s a big blog. The OffQc books are excellent condensed versions that’ll enable you to learn the essentials of Québécois French immediately.
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