The format of a My Take is 150 words – no more, no less – to express an opinion on a different topic each week. This week’s topic was bilingualism.
By Bird Bouchard
Part of what intrigued me to take a job with The Record and move to Quebec was the fact Sherbrooke is known as a bilingual town.
I graduated from a French high school but the majority of my life has been communicating in English. My thoughts are in English and it’s the most comfortable language for me.
But I cannot deny the importance of learning both languages – both being official languages in Canada.
French and English matter.
Quebec is home to both French-speaking and English-speaking people. Key word being people. Nobody should treat anyone differently solely based on the language they were brought up in.
Whether communication is done in French or English, we ought to show courtesy, kindness and respect.
Think we, not me.
Quebecers should not be stacked against each other.
We ought to work together to help both languages thrive.