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Honestly, I'm not sure if the French really can't understand us or if it's just bad faith sometimes - I've been told by several people that when they tried talking to a French person in French, they were replied to in English, which is extremely insulting (I mean, why??). However, I've met some French men and women who had no problem understanding us.

But I'll clarify : there are only minor differences between written/formally spoken Canadian French and French from France - the rift lies in the informal register (again, slang and swear words).

If the topic interests you, this article explains the differences between Quebec French and French from France much better than I can :
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Yes! They're as different as, let's say, for example, English spoken in London and English spoken deep into the Scottish Highlands - maybe more different.

They just don't sound the same to the ear - a lot of words are pronounced differently, swear words and slang are VASTLY different, etc. French Canadian just evolved a little bit differently from Old French overall.

To give you an idea, when I went to France, people just wouldn't understand me unless I made an effort to sound like them. (But we Québécois understand the French just fine.)
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Wacky, slurred French? I am utterly insulted by that. That's the way we talk here, a French that evolved differently from the French in France, and is just as legitimate.

"Incompréhensible" my ass!!
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Honestly, it's not all that different from what I have to translate very day at my job... I'm a translator for the federal government in Canada, human resources department... Fabulously ambiguous.
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@ D.D

"or any city in Canada"? It's not like drugs are legal like in Amsterdam...

I don't think more drugs are consumed in Canada than in the US... well, since there are 10 times more people in the US than in Canada, more drugs are consumed in the US!!
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1. Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.
2. Guide reproduction wisely - improving fitness and diversity.

These stones scare the sh** out of me!
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