Chinese learning French to emigrate to Quebec - Montreal - CBC NewsThousands of people in China are trying to write their own ticket out of the country — in French.
Chinese desperate to emigrate have discovered a backdoor into Canada that involves applying for entry into the country's francophone province of Quebec — as long as they have a good working knowledge of the local lingo.
So, while learning French as an additional language is losing ground in many parts of the world — even as Mandarin classes proliferate because of China's rise on the international stage — many Chinese are busy learning how to say, "Bonjour, je m'appelle Zhang."
Yin Shanshan said the French class she takes in the port city of Tianjin near Beijing even includes primers on Quebec's history and its geography, including the names of suburbs around its biggest city, Montreal.
"My French class is a lot of fun," the 25-year-old said. "So far, I can say 'My name is ... I come from ... I live at' " and, getting straight to the business of settling down in the province:
"I would like to rent a medium-sized, one-bedroom flat.' "