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Oooh, that gets dicey ... one side of Ottawa has a higher percentage of
francophones than the other, and the businesses tend to reflect the mix.
Add the fact that one of the dominant languages in my neighbourhood is
Somali, closer to downtown we have Chinese and Vietnamese, even closer it's
Italian ... and then on the *other* side of the river that runs through
town, we have the city of Hull and the Quebec language police.
Errr, on the Ottawa side, we usually expect folks to speak either English or
French, although some community services are offered in different languages
(e.g., the health centre across the road from my residence does business in
English, French and Somali). However, the (rather prominent) local
high-tech sector works in English.
Cheers ... Kim
kim -dot- roper -at- vitana -dot- com
From: Jean Cooper [mailto:Jean -dot- Cooper -at- twtelecom -dot- com]
Sent: Monday, November 06, 2000 4:24 PM
Subject: RE: localized.....
<I'm in Ottawa, the seat of our federal (bilingual) government. "Preferred
<language," "language preference," and "primary language" are the phrases I
<see most often, depending on the context. The last one tends to be used
<more on application forms and surveys.
So I guess we need to ask Mike for clarification: "mike w," are you
a)the primary language of each employee, or
b)the dominant language in the city where a particular office is located?
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