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Monday, 15 February 2016 16:35

I will not speak French in school

Comment se peut-il que beaucoup de Franco-Américains et Acadiens du nord du Maine parlent assez bien le français mais ne peuvent pas le lire ni l'écrire?

The answer might surprise you.

From 1918 to 1967 it was forbidden to speak French on school property in Maine. So, two generations of Maine Franco-Americans and Acadians did not learn to read, write, or speak French in school. When it was taught, it was as a foreign language. So, French becamed a language that was okay to speak at home, behind closed doors, but never in public.

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