Most people who grow up in Canada have to take French and English in school, so almost everyone can speak a little bit of both. But there are so few of us who can truly call ourselves bilingual. I am constantly meeting people who tell me they used to speak French but now they’ve lost it. What’s happening here? [click to tweet]
In a predominantly English-speaking city, there isn’t much opportunity to use French. Back home in Montreal, being bilingual hardly made me unique. Even if people weren’t completely bilingual, practically everyone spoke enough of their second language to get by. But Toronto is very different. When I moved here, I realized there were huge demands for fluent French-English speakers coupled with a very limited supply. Companies here are in great need of bilingual employees to serve their national and global markets.
Learnography is no exception. We have several Anglophone clients who need our help to expand their learning resources to a Francophone audience. This demand isn’t unusual for Canadian companies, but Learnography has something unique to offer: we don’t just have one single translator for our team, we have an integrated bilingual team.
The tangible benefits of this diversity are obvious to both the team and our clients. For example, our Francophone clients are used to having meetings conducted in English with other partners, but we can – and often do – hold entire meetings in French. This makes our Francophone clients much more comfortable and able to ask more clearly for what they want, resulting in better service.
By Gabriel Dionne
Gabriel Dionne was born and raised in the vibrant, bilingual culture of Montreal. There, he obtained his Bachelor of Commerce degree in Management from Concordia University. He is an advocate for creating bilingual working environments as he understands the added value of speaking more than one language in Canada. Gabriel is also a firm believer that learning, innovation and technology are intertwined and that one cannot progress without the others. When Gabriel is not working, you can find him eating. You can’t learn on an empty stomach.