Monday, November 18, 2002

My people..

There's a new documentary film looking at the experience of French-speaking Quebecois in New England

This takes me back, once again, to the immigration thread below. Learning English is certainly important, and immigrants know this, but may first-generation immigrants, historically speaking, have not had learning English as much a priority for themselves as for their children. I had some Quebec relations who lived in Lewiston, Maine for, I believe, fourteen years during the late 1950's and 60's, and none of them ever learned or had to speak a word of English, the town was that heavily French. When my mother was growing up in southern Maine, her elementary school had half the day's classes in English and half in French.

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