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Re : $2.4 billion per year on bilingualism


I have a few thoughts...
To what extent the "idea of a bilingual country" implies that the vast majority of its citizens have to get by in both languages? I think of the case of Swiss living in a country with four official languages. Such a small country and not everybody speaks the other official languages that are spoken a couple hundred kilometres away!
When I worked as a French tutor at a French Immersion School in Calgary, I learned that 1/4 of Albertans could speak French. But everyone I met outside the school environment were more interested in learning Spanish, and/or sending their kids to Spanish-speaking or Mandarin-speaking daycares, as you say. Even if learning a foreign language is only good for traveling, a West Canadian feels closer (and flights are somehow cheaper!) to Cancun and Hong-Kong than they do to Quebec City and Gaspésie.


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