An Interview with Katie

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Meet another friend at Culips: Katie! A friend of Maura’s from University, she has just moved to Montreal and is happy about getting the chance to practice her French. Katie has moved around and we talk about her experiences in these different places. She is originally from Prince Edward Island, moved to Ottawa for school, spent some time in Europe, and is now in Montreal. And stay tuned to the end to hear her excellent advice on learning a new language!

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Maura: Thank you so much for letting us interview you.
Katie: I’m actually very happy to be here so thank you.
Maura: OK great. So, Katie is a friend of mine that I met in university. And Katie has moved around quite a bit. She is Canadian, like most of us at Culips, and she grew up in Prince Edward Island and she moved around a little bit, she studied in Spain for a semester and now she just moved to Montreal. So how are you liking Montreal so far?
Katie: Well, I love Montreal so far actually. It’s a great city and it’s beautiful. I love the architecture and I’m lucky to have friends that already live here, so I’ve gotten to spend a lot of time with them as well.
Maura: OK great. And you speak French also, correct? So you’ve had some chance to practice your French while you’re here.
Katie: Yes, I have. I just actually moved here from Ottawa, and in Ottawa it is a bilingual city, but I found that I didn’t use my French as much as I could have because most people in Ottawa speak English, so coming here I find that I’m forcing myself to use the language a lot more and I’m definitely improving even though it can be a little frustrating sometimes.
Maura: Yup, for sure. So, let’s start at the beginning. You grew up in Prince Edward Island, which if you haven’t heard of that, it’s a province in Canada. It’s the smallest province, it’s an island, it’s on the East Coast, and it’s really a unique place in Canada. One more thing I have to tell you is that the full name of this province is Prince Edward Island, but most people call it PEI.

Expression included from this episode in Lipservice:

bilingual city Prince Edward Island/ PEI
Newfoundland for sure
‘specially it was a lot more closed
Anne of Green Gables novel
adjective order – classical, historical, Canadian resent
washed up on the shore to open doors
au pair/nanny mind you
step outside your boundaries perfectionist

Podcast/ Lipservice: Culips ESL Podcast, Photo: Katie and Maura

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Comments

  1. esmaeil.esfahan@gmail.com' Esmaeil Esfahani says:

    I just listened to this episode and as Katie said we can’t learn a language without immersing ourselves in the language and without taking risks, and nowadays so many online communities and services are there to make learning a language easy and fun for us and culips is one of them and of course best of them :)

  2. Maura says:

    Thanks so much Esmaeil!

    A friend once told me that to learn a new language you have to accept looking like an idiot. I think it is really true and often hard to do! Katie gave great advice.

  3. esmaeil.esfahan@gmail.com' Esmaeil Esfahani says:

    “A friend once told me that to learn a new language you have to accept looking like an idiot”

    Yeah, just like a baby that always looks around and just watches and listens and after two or three years is able to speak and understand the language.

  4. amrwady1972@hotmail.com' Amr says:

    Hello Esmaeil,
    Absolutely, I agree with you.
    Have a ball,
    Amr.

  5. tiong7787@gmail.com' tiong says:

    Hi! I’m a keen English beginner and happy to be here after having many searching on the internet for English learning website. I consider myself lucky because I’ve got a good point of view written by Esmaeil Esfahani right here in this very comment column.
    I totally agree with Esmaeil Esfahani although we don’t know with each other.
    Yeah, just like a baby that always looks around and just watches and listens and after two or three years is able to speak and understand the language.
    Pardon me for adding something:
    The fact is that we English learners are just pretending looking like an idiot.