One of the questions I get when people find out I am Canadian is whether or not I speak French. I am not sure where the assumption that we are bilingual comes from (other than the fact that every package and sign in Canada has to legally be printed in both languages) but most people do assume we are fluent in both languages. I for one, am not. I can tell you the French translation for ‘Fat Free’ or ‘You could win’ but that doesn’t come up much.
We were taught French in school up to grade 8 but the only thing I can remember from those lessons was watching a show called Telefrancais (French for ‘French Television’). If you are in your late 20’s or early 30’s you will probably have watched it as part of the Canadian French language curriculum. Most of us can sing the theme song and some are even gifted enough to remember the French translation for pineapple (anana). Sadly, I have never once had to use the word pineapple in French in a real life scenario.
Stick with it until the 1:30 mark to hear the amazing theme song, you will be thanking me later when it is stuck in your head.