“It's a beautiful language to those who know how to defend it”, sings Yves Duteil.
Those who believe that the fight for the quality of French is foolishness are on the wrong track. It is not only the legislator and the laws, however rigid they may be, that will ensure the survival of French in Quebec.
There is a close link between the love we feel for the French language and the energy that we must deploy to enshrine it in our laws.
Quebecers are ambivalent when it comes to defending the quality of spoken and written French. The proof is that future teachers have catastrophic results in French exams at the entrance to university. Many have to retake their exam three or four times.
How can we be proud of a language that we mistreat, that we stuff with English words and that we write without grammar?
Quebecers have the privilege of speaking a universal language that is shared by almost 300 million speakers in thirty-two countries.
In Quebec, the fight for the survival of French is inseparable from the quality of spoken French . Because why would we speak a language bastardized by English and made incomprehensible in the rest of the Francophonie?
Who wants to ensure the sustainability of a French with a limited vocabulary, intoxicated by coronations? Those who dream of independence and who handle the language with ease, have a rich vocabulary and are covered with diplomas must limit their transports in front of those who advocate a quality language for all Quebecers.
The opponents of our language laws often have little respect for French. And there are still many who reduce us to second-class citizens in Canada. Even the word frog is making a comeback.
Katrine Johns has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Gal Post, Katrine Johns worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my email@example.com 1-800-268-7128