Chris Burd ad [log in to unmask] ha scripte in 2001/08/30 5:20 PM: > About 6 million in Canada - 5 million in Quebec, 1 million outside, mostly > Ontario and New Brunswick. One million French speakers, as opposed to > persons of French heritage, in New England sounds awfully high to me. > > Chris > My experience in New England, and specially working in Manchester NH which had a large French Canadian presence and still does, is that the 2nd and 3rd generations of folks that immigrated to New Hampshire for the Mills of olden days is that they've pretty much become Americanized and fully integrated into the American culture, French is only a Pepe and Meme language (grandparents). Although a sort of Franglais is understood and used in family gettogethers from what I've observed. I found it even funny that they think it rude to speak French because some relatives can't understand and this may cause sore feelings. So they use English, accented here and there by French expressions. This is only based on my personal experience with several families, in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and in Rhode Island. On the other hand, Spanish (and Portuguese also) are pretty much an "in your face" and "too bad if you don't know" sort of situation here in New England, places like Lawrence Mass., Leominister, Methuen, Mass, Nashua NH. have seen a great increase in Spanish speakers. Since, Jay B.