Winter Activities on Mont-Royal | L’hiver sur Mont-Royal

As much as I would love to pretend that I really love winter, I know it can start to wear on a person (me being a person). Sure, I love a couple beautiful snowfalls in December before Christmas. By February, I’m already looking forward to mid-April when we may or may not see some buds on the trees.

Je voudrais faire semblant que j’aime bien l’hiver, mais je sais qu’il peut épuiser quelqu’un (et je suis ce quelqu’un). Oui, j’adore une couple de chutes de neige en décembre avant le Noël. En février (ok, je vous avoue, le 1er), j’ai déjà hâte de mi-avril où on pourra voir des bourgeons sur les arbres.

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So, when we have a 30-degree day (Fahrenheit, folks), I am sure to take a walk and spend some time outside. Last weekend, we had one of these lovely afternoons (before the snow started to fall again in the evening). Jordan and I ventured out to the mini-mount and to Beaver Lake to see what winter activities others were up to. Quite a bit, really. Sliding, skiing, and snow-shoeing, along with the boring ol’ winter walks like ourselves.

Donc, lorsqu’il ne fait pas si froid, je suis certaine de me promener et passer du temps en plein aire. Le weekend dernier nous avons eu un de ces beaux après-midis (avant que la neige ait commencé à tomber de nouveau ce soir-là). Jordan et moi nous sommes aventurés à la mini-montagne et au Lac aux Castors voir quelles activités d’hiver s’y passent. Pas mal, en réalité. Le glissade, le ski du fond, le patinage sur glace et les raquettes (ainsi que des marcheurs simples comme nous).

mt royal winter

mt royal winter

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mont royal skating

mont royal skating

On the way back, we stopped by Jeanne-Mance Park to catch a glimpse of the country’s national sport. Since I’m unwilling to pay for tickets to see the Canadiens in the name of cultural experience (I really don’t know enough about hockey to justify the price), a pick-up game in the park will have to suffice.

En rentrant, nous sommes passés par le parc Jeanne-Mance pour avoir un aperçu du sport national. Puisque je ne suis pas prête à payer les billets de hockey pour une partie des Canadiens au nom d’une expérience culturelle (Je ne connais pas assez le sport pour justifier la prix), une partie improvisée dans le parc faudra faire la job. (Si vous pensez qu’une anglophone ne devrait pas utiliser les anglicismes : faudra suffire)

parc jeanne mance hockey

parc jeanne mance hockey

I hope and trust you’re finding ways to beat the winter blues (winter greys?!). Don’t you worry, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. And then St. Patrick’s Day. And then April Fool’s Day. I mean, it’s basically already spring. (Don’t correct me. This is what I need to tell myself).

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As always, if anyone out there has a correction for my French attempts, please feel free to help me out 😀 I write for practice, after all.

The Most Helpful General Language Learning Blogs

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I might spend more time than most browsing blogs on a daily basis. Blogs of all kinds. Thank God for RSS and Feedly, right?

blog reading, at computer

But they can be so darn helpful. Blogs taught me how to cook, blogs have inspired me to dabble in yoga, run a half-marathon, and I’ve even made friends thanks to them. Through my efforts to learn a second language, I stumbled across oodles of language learning blogs. Many are focused specifically on one language, and can be of great help, but there’s also a world of blogs that are meant to encourage and inspire you to learn any language at all. Whenever I feel like giving up or feel stuck, I take a stroll around the Interwebs to gain some new perspective. These are the blogs have helped me along the way.

  • Everyday Language Learner: This blog is my personal favorite, although the posts have seemed to slow lately. (It might be my favorite because the blogger comes to us from good ol’ SoDak!) There is a concise emphasis on learning your target language, not becoming an all-knowing polyglot. He provides very practical and pragmatic information.
  • A Polyglot Dream: Luca, a polyglot, learned languages without necessarily being taught and uses his blog to focus on learning languages instead of traditional teaching methods. There are great articles about how to choose which accent to mimic, how Quebec French is different from standard French,  stories from guest posters on how they’ve learned a language, etc. This is my number 2 fave.
  • Fluent in 3 months: This is probably the most popular among language learning blogs of this niche. Benny speaks something like 8 languages at a conversational level, has spent the last ten years traveling, and just released a book. I have to be honest, in the beginning, the author of this blog got on my nerves a bit. He’s can be a bit blunt; some might say too much so.  And while I wish I would have achieved fluency in three months of study, it didn’t happen for me. Still, he writes/creates some really inspiring and spot-on content as far as language learning is concerned. Of the suck-it-up kind. The guest bloggers he invites also post great reads.
  • Speaking Fluently: Hyperpolyglot/language consultant sharing tips, videos, and generally inspiring stories, while not making you feel bad for being where you are at. I like his focus (which comes across as very sincere) on using a foreign language for opportunities, not for coming across as flashy and impressive. (Trust me, it doesn’t make me feel impressive most of the time…usually humbled!)

As usual, I know there are many other blogs out there that I’m missing. If you happen to know of a blog that is helpful or inspiring for those trying to learn a language, I’m all ears keyboard. Happy blog browsing!