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Taking in the (pre-)springtime sun in Montréal

Taking in the (pre-)springtime sun in Montréal

While on the métro, I grabbed a copy of the Métro newspaper sitting on a seat next to me. This sentence caught my eye in one of the articles:

On a déjà de la misère à sortir de notre entrée, tellement les gens conduisent vite.

The article was about changes that will be made to the Pie-IX and Sherbrooke intersection in Montréal. Some residents in the area are unhappy about how the changes will affect the traffic levels in their neighbourhood.

In the quote above, one of the residents noted that it’s already difficult to get out of their driveway without things being made worse by the changes.

On a déjà de la misère à sortir de notre entrée.
We already have trouble getting out of our driveway.

The expression avoir de la misère (à faire quelque chose) means to have trouble (doing something). It’s a Québécois usage.

Une entrée, that’s a driveway.

On a déjà de la misère à sortir de notre entrée, tellement les gens conduisent vite.
People drive so fast that we already have trouble getting out of our driveway.

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Reference

Stéphanie Maunay (11 March 2015). Le carrefour Pie-IX/Sherbrooke suscite des craintes à Rosemont. Métro (Montréal edition), p.2.

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It surely comes as no surprise to you — Montréal gets a lot of snow in the winter: de la marde blanche (the white shit)!

If you drive a car, you’ll need a shovel, une pelle, to dig yourself out after a snowfall, une bordée de neige.

If you have a driveway, you’ll need to shovel that too, pelleter l’entrée. To pronounce pelleter, say it with two syllables: pelter. You can also say pelleter la neige.

When snow is fresh, it looks clean. But when it begins to melt on the roads, it turns into slush, de la slush (de la sloche).

At street corners in downtown Montréal, you’ll often need to jump across a pool of water.

If you get your feet wet in the slush and water, you’re going to be pretty miserable.

Be sure to choose a good pair of winter boots for walking around in Montréal, choisir une bonne paire de bottes d’hiver.

If you’re new to Montréal, walking on slippery sidewalks requires practice. You’ll need those good boots to avoid breaking your back by falling down on the ice, se péter le dos en pognant une débarque sur la glace!

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