Interpreting market in Montreal ?
Thread poster: Magali Liebens

Magali Liebens  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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English to French
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Jan 30

Hello

I am an EnglishFrench interpreter based in London and we are considering moving to Montreal, Canada. I am not sure if I'll be able to work in Montreal as much as I work in London, most of the people there are already bilingual !

I work in the private sector in London mainly as a conference interpreter or business interpreter.

Do you have any insights/opinion about how the market is in Montreal with this language combinaison ? I'd love to be able to
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Hello

I am an EnglishFrench interpreter based in London and we are considering moving to Montreal, Canada. I am not sure if I'll be able to work in Montreal as much as I work in London, most of the people there are already bilingual !

I work in the private sector in London mainly as a conference interpreter or business interpreter.

Do you have any insights/opinion about how the market is in Montreal with this language combinaison ? I'd love to be able to exchange with colleagues who are working there.

Many thanks for your help.

Mag
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Vanda Nissen  Identity Verified
Australia
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My five cents Feb 1

Hi Magali,

I do not live in Canada, but I am doing research on health communication and I have come across several articles on bilingualism in the Montreal health sector. By the way it sounds, it is very difficult to find truly bilingual health practitioners there - a lot of nurses are French speaking with some basic English skills, so my guess is they do use English-French interpreters there but I cannot say anything about the number of jobs.


 

John Fossey  Identity Verified
Canada
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Montreal Feb 3

In my experience with the health care sector in Montreal, being served in either English or French at any hospital is not an issue. While there would be some members of staff who are unilingual, any hospital team would have members who are able to communicate fluently in both English and French. In the larger hospitals, calls come occasionally over the public address system for an interpreter but always for other languages, not English or French.

There would be a small market for co
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In my experience with the health care sector in Montreal, being served in either English or French at any hospital is not an issue. While there would be some members of staff who are unilingual, any hospital team would have members who are able to communicate fluently in both English and French. In the larger hospitals, calls come occasionally over the public address system for an interpreter but always for other languages, not English or French.

There would be a small market for conference or business interpretation into English or French but I am not too familiar with it.
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Michael Barnett
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Do you speak joual? Feb 5

I cannot answer your question about job opportunities, but a visit to Montreal would at the very least be fun!
Are you familiar with joual (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joual), the dialect of the Montreal working class?

Example: Qu'est-ce que tu dis = K'sic t'dee? (phonetically)

Michael


 


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