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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Maritimes Again

This month's Small is Heart of New Brunswick, which I apparently forgot to post! While Canada as a nation is officially bilingual (English and French), New Brunswick is the only province that is officially bilingual.

Canada being bilingual means that any government service must be provided in both French and English; how good the service is in the non-majority language varies depending on the area. What makes all the other provinces different from New Brunswick (since they all technically offer both languages) is beyond me. I never paid that much attention in Civics class :)

On the individual level, Canadians are proud of "being" bilingual, but for practical purposes most of us don't speak both the official languages. I think it's something like 20% of the population speaks both English and French. Personally, I took my mandatory high school French, one course in university, spent one month in Quebec and can currently say hello, ask how are you and say goodbye. Use it or lose it, and I definitely haven't used it XD

This design has the Purple Violet, the Black-Capped Chickadee and Balsam Fir (flower, bird, tree). The specialty stitch is the Scotch Stitch

TitleHeart of New Brunswick
DesignerThe Victoria Sampler
Start dateAugust 4, 2015
Finish dateAugust 9, 2015
Total time5 hours
Fabric32 ct white lugana
FlossAs charted

14 comments:

StitchyDon said...

Lovely stitching !!!

Justine said...

That's a pretty heart. What a shame so few Canadians are truly bilingual. Interesting though.

D1-D2 said...

Lol I agree with you on the bilingual state of Canadians. Not sure how New Brunswick can be the only province that is officially bilingual. In Quebec, we're supposed to be bilingual but service is supposed to be offered in French FIRST. If the person requests English, they are then served in English. But more often than not, the person offering the service doesn't know English.
I'm personally bilingual. I used to hate having to learn French but now I find it a blessing.

Dani - tkdchick said...

Looks great!

Karen said...

Love the heart series from VS and your stitching looks great. :)

Le trame della Galaverna said...

Beautiful work.

gracie said...

Another lovely design...

Anna van Schurman said...

Very pretty!

Heather said...

Bonjour! Ca va? Bien :) au revoir! I took two years of French in high school and yep I'm about the same spot you are. And I can count to 20 and sing part of happy birthday lol. Nice stitching :)

Brigitte said...

Very nice heart finish. And interesting to read about the bilinguality (is that a word?) in your country.

Sheryl S. said...

Oh this is really pretty, lovely work.

Mrs Milkybar Kid said...

Beautiful, I love this heart so much! I'm similar when it comes to French - I used to be able to babble away on all sorts of topics, but now can only barely manage the basics!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Another lovely heart. I'm fascinated by bilingual ness! I'm another schoolgirl French speaker although more seems to have stuck in my mind than some of you! Maybe it's reading some French blogs LOL
I do get mistaken for being French quite frequently if I am somewhere there are French people. Like Euro Disney. Everyone spoke French to me and I assumed that's just what they did. But my hubby and friends all said "No, they speak English to us".

Marie said...

Beautiful finish…wish I could post that in French so that you could read it..oh, that's right ~ you couldn't :-D

I am collecting these hearts, just the ones from where I have lived and hope to stitch them someday.