Quebecois people have a particular word for when temperatures are colder than cold. When it’s below -20 degrees outside (which you might experience if you go to Carnaval), you’ll hear people saying “Y fait frette!” The colder it gets, the more guttural the “r” sound. Here’s the good news: because the French “r” comes from the throat, you can pronounce “frette” even when your mouth is frozen and your teeth are chattering.
This one is really easy and fun. Seize means sixteen. In Quebec, it’s pronounced exactly like the English word size (think small, medium, large). So if somebody were to ask you “How many maple butter cones do you want?” and you replied “size,” they would give you sixteen cones and think you’re a local (and a big fan of maple cones).
Lâche pas la patate (lawsh-paw-lah-pah-tat)
Literally “Don’t drop the potato.” Say it to your friends when going up the 398 steps of the wooden Cap-Blanc stairs in Quebec City or learning new tricky French words. As you might have guessed, it means “Don’t give up!” And as a reward for not dropping the potato, you should totally buy yourself a potato reward (like poutine)!
How adorable is that word? It’s like “bubbles” in English—you can’t say it in an angry voice. Quebecois people say “Tiguidou” when they’re happy about how things are going. It’s a bit like “Alright, cool!” or “Sounds great!”, but cuter.
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