Learning in Québec

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I'm someone who began learning French when I was 53. I took a BA in French at 60 but wasn't happy with my level of comprehension (though I read very well). So, having really become comfortable with Spanish only by living on the Mexican border, I'm spending more time in Québec and near the border of Quebec, in Vermont, to see if I can do that here with French. I want to encourage others to do the same.

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Art Exhibit on the Plains of Abraham

Above, an artists' exhibit on the Plains of Abraham, around the Joan of Arc Gardens, les jardins de Jeanne d'Arc, August 14-16. It was a very hot weekend, but look at the lovely shade. (And if you look closely, you can see Joan back there on her horse.)

This is Danielle Boucher, who drew a mural of the cityscape on two canvasses and encouraged any and all to take a brush and a palette and paint in the colors. This was my favorite part of the exhibit. It was sponsored by the Fondation Maurice Tanguay -- which helps families have brief summer vacations together, families who could otherwise not afford to "échapper;" also by DeSerres, an art supply business; and by le Journal de Québec, a daily news tabloid.

So, you got the chance to paint, a chance to talk with a friendly francophone who didn't switch to English immediately upon hearing a trace of an American English accent, and a coupon for 25% off your next purchase of art supplies! (That's having it made in the shade.)

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