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French Phrases for Event Sustainability: GMIC Conference Preparation

April 19, 2012

Update: Quick Tip for Getting to the Hilton:


We can’t wait to get to the GMIC Conference in Montreal and have been practicing our French in preparation. Of course, you don’t need to speak French to experience Montreal, but it is such a beautiful language and a great way to immerse yourself in the local culture. Special thanks to Marion Ancel, Tourisme Montréal’s Eco-Consultant for reviewing our translations and providing images. You can follow her on twitter @MarionAncel.

Sustainable Transportation in Montreal: There are 5,000 Public BIXI bikes for rent all over the city.

Here are a few phrases to help you stay on track with your personal sustainability goals while attending the event.

Arrival and Hotel Check-in

  • May I please have directions to the Metro? I am going to the Bonaventure station.
  • Pouvez-vous me dire où est le métro s’il vous plaît? Je vais à la station Bonaventure.
  • I would like to participate in your towel and linen reuse program.
  • Je voudrais participer à votre programme de réutilisation des serviettes et des draps.
  • Could you please tell me about your green or socially responsible features such as recycling, composting, waste management, water conservation or energy conservation?
  • S’il vous plait, pourriez-vous me parler de vos pratiques écoresponsables ou socialement responsables telles que le recyclage, le compostage, la gestion des déchets, la conservation de l’eau ou de l’énergie?

Refreshments and Dining

  • May I please have some tap water?
  • S’il vous plaît, est-ce que je peux avoir de l’eau du robinet?
  • May I please have some fair trade tea/coffee in my reusable mug?
  • S’il vous plaît, est-ce que je peux avoir du thé / café équitable dans ma tasse réutilisable?
  • Could you please recommend restaurants that specialize in local foods that are within walking distance?
  • S’il vous plaît, pouvez-vous me suggérer de bons restaurants spécialisés dans l’alimentation locale et qui sont à quelques minutes de marche?

Experiencing Montreal

  • May I please have walking directions to Old Montreal?
  • Pouvez-vous m’indiquer comment me rendre à pied au Vieux-Montréal?
  • Where may I rent a public BIXI bike?
  • Où est-ce que je peux louer un vélo BIXI?
  • Where can I go to hear live jazz?
  • Où est-ce que je peux aller écouter un concert de jazz?

Montreal’s Biosphere is full of interactive exhibitions aimed at increasing understanding of major environmental issues.

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