Chatterbox #31 – Katie the language learner

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!


Expressions included in the learning materials

  • 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

Sample transcript

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.


english PodcastAudio/Learning Materials: Culips