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On most Quebecois don't speak modern French either and a lot of them don't speak any French at all.

In the back of my mind has been the thought that, when my dad was taking the 1944-45 tour of Europe, after he had broken out his Gaspe French on the locals, then walked away, the locals were laffing at his hillbilly accent.

Our Foreign Affairs people get their French lessons from tutor/teachers from West Africa where it is claimed that the best French speakers live.

Wouldn't be surprised. Language taught in school would be more correct than what people pick up on the streets. The rule of thumb, since about forever, in making SciFi movies is to have the aliens sound alien by having them speak English correctly. in "Sealed Cargo", the trawler's captain has two Danes on board, and he isn't really sure of either, so has them speak Danish to eachother. One man's Danish is judged "not good Danish, but it's OK". The other guy's Danish is judged "perfect, just like they teach in school". The guy who spoke "perfect" Danish was a German spy.

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