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Quebec French and the question of identity

 

A brief history of the French language in Quebec The French language came to North America with the first French settlers…

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Word of the day jaunt
Pronunciation: jônt
noun
a short excursion or journey for pleasure

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Alexandre Dumas

(1824–95)

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What sound does a French duck make? (Or onomatopoeia in different languages)

 

Hearing is important for humans to understand the world around them and it lies in our nature to want to describe what we…