11 Words That Will Make You Fall in Love With Quebecois French

The Fleurdelisé, the flag of the province of Quebec | © Makaristos / WikiCommons
The Fleurdelisé, the flag of the province of Quebec | © Makaristos / WikiCommons
Photo of Emily Paskevics
12 June 2017

Over six million people in Canada, with the majority living in the province of Quebec, speak Quebec French, referred to more generally as Quebecois. The roots of the language arise from 17th- and 18th-century regional dialects of early modern France, but through the centuries, it has evolved through layers of colonial history, First Nations influences, and industrial change. Here are 11 unique words from the Quebecois language.

Cabane à Sucre

Pronounce it like this: caban-a-sucr-uh.

Cabane à sucre – Sugar shack | © Culture Trip/Emily Paskevics


Pronounce it like this: toook.

Tuque – Winter hat | © Culture Trip/Emily Paskevics


Pronounce it like this: dep-pan-euhr.

Dépanneur – Corner Store | © Culture Trip/Emily Paskevics


Pronounce it like this: bruh-nante.

Brunante – Nightfall or dusk | © Culture Trip/Emily Paskevics

Banc de neige

Pronounce it like this: bahnk-de-nehge.

Banc de neige – Snowbank | © Culture Trip/Emily Paskevics


Pronounce it like this: keh-tayne.

Quétaine – Kitsch | © Culture Trip/Emily Paskevics


Pronounce it like this: fra-seel.

Frasil – Thin ice | © Culture Trip/Emily Paskevics


Pronounce it like this: shia-ley.

Chialer – Crying or whining | © Culture Trip/Emily Paskevics


Pronounce it like this: shaah.

Char – Car | © Culture Trip/Emily Paskevics


Pronounce it like this: pla-cot-eh.

Placoter - to chat or chatter | © The Culture Trip/ Emily Paskevics


Pronounce it like this: nu-aahje.

Nuage - scarf | © The Culture Trip/ Emily Paskevics

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