How common is French spoken in Australia ?
I'm from just outside of Montreal, Canada. I want to do a work and vacation thing in Australia for a year or two but I don't know if French is spoken there. My English isn't so bad, but my personality and confidence is much greater when communicating and speaking to French-speaking people.
- Jedi JanLv 71 month ago
Not common at all but most of us learned another language in secondary college (high school), so some of us learned a smattering. We in Australia are primarily a nation of migrants so any language peculiarities are rather mostly ignored. We have a lot of people of Italian heritage in Victoria also so if you know a little Italian that may also help. You will find your language improves very quickly when you are in an English speaking environment anyway. So long as you have basic English you will soon converse easily enough. Most Australians are very friendly. I was often stopped by visitors using broken English for directions etc; happy to assist. Why not download one of the language apps and practise a few phrases in your spare time. A brother took German speaking lessons prior to living/working in Germany for a year, in charge of other employees also, and managed to get by. English/ French is much easier to converse with than English/German.
I think it will be quite some time before international visitors are welcomed back with the Coronavirus pandemic for now. Victoria is in Stage 4 of restrictions, with most everything shut down, masks compulsory, limited to 5km essential travel only and strict 8pm-5am curfew. Police are out charging and/or arresting those that don't comply.
- ob1knobLv 71 month ago
If you just want to head to the Pacific or Indian Ocean, there are plenty of French departments and territories by there, as well as French speaking countries.
But in Australia... a few tourists, some great restaurant chefs, some sailors of occasional ocean races, and I think that's it.
Anyway, in all cases, your English will certainly be better than their French.
- Anonymous1 month ago
As common as rocking horseshit.
- TSKLv 71 month ago
Not spoken much these days..There are some Australians of French decent, but not many, and they teach such as Japanese in schools these days..Frankly OZ is Anglo and if this bothers you why go so far?
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- FLv 61 month ago
They have trouble speaking English properly .
- I love welfareLv 51 month ago
We have lots of French backpackers here. But they usually speak English.
- sunshine_melLv 71 month ago
French is not a language of Australia; you're unlikely to hear it spoken.
- Dj2541Lv 71 month ago
To find french speaking people in Australia is a bit difficult. I learnt French at school, attended Alliance Francaise evenings where you could only speak French all evening and My Violin Teacher was from Paris, and thats where I learnt to swear in French! My Family had a child swap arrangement with a family in Noumea,New Caledonia, which is a french speaking group of islands out in the Pacific. There are French Restaurants in Sydney.French at various levels is taught at most high schools in Australia but it is rapidly being edged out by Asian languages.My children were taught Indonesian at high school, a language that as far as I was concerned a complete waste of time as nobody outside of Indonesia speaks it!!
- Karen LLv 71 month ago
In a country of 26 million people, about 70,000 of them say they speak French. Your chances of running into one of them aren't that good.
Canada is officially bilingual. Australia is not. I live in British Columbia and the only place I've heard French spoken here in the last 20 years is on the radio.
- RickLv 61 month ago
How common is French ANYWHERE besides France ????