Episode Summary: I talk about the 5 years I spent in the French part of Canada and I share some thoughts about bilingualism and politics.

English Level: B1 🇨🇦

Show Notes:

  1. Story (0:39)
  2. Bilingualism (3:37)
  3. Religion in Politics (5:14)
  4. Unity in Diversity (11:05)
  5. Recap (14:31)

Vocabulary Words:

  1. Unique (adj.): being the only one of its kind; unlike anything else.
  2. Butcher (noun): Metzger
  3. Extensive (adj.): being the only one of its kind; unlike anything else.
  4. Confidence (noun): the feeling or belief that one can have faith in or rely on someone or something.
  5. to enrich (verb): improve or enhance the quality or value of.
  6. Diverse (adj.): including or involving people from a range of different social and ethnic backgrounds and of different genders, sexual orientations, etc.
  7. Rural (noun): in, relating to, or characteristic of the countryside rather than the town.
  8. Threat (noun): a person or thing likely to cause damage or danger.
  9. Originate (verb): create or initiate (something).
  10. proponent (noun): a person who advocates a theory, proposal, or course of action.

Phrases to Remember:

  1. formative years: describes something that made you who you are. You might call your adolescence your formative years because that time period had such a strong influence on the rest of your life.
  2. to have a strong grip: hold, or control
  3. make the claim: When you express your right to something
  4. keep someone accountable: being answerable for your actions and decisions. If you were made responsible for something or you yourself promised to achieve certain outcomes, you can be held accountable for them.
  5. false piety: untruthful or lying.
  6. person of faith: refers to any person who can be delineated or classified by an adherence to a religious tradition or doctrine

Mistake to Avoid:


Comprehension Questions:

  1. What type of school system were Jorge’s brothers put in?
  2. What is unique about the island of Montreal?
  3. What did Jorge do the day his family moved away from Montreal?
  4. Why did religion stop playing a role in Canadian politics?
  5. What is the only majority French region of North America?
  6. How has Quebec influenced Canadian society?


Question to consider:

How can we use our differences in order to create a thriving and prosperous society?


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