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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.