[Translation] Translation request for Sylvain
alison.wall at gmail.com
Sat Jul 25 10:29:38 PDT 2009
We have one last largish document to deal with for the con. Please
translate the attached document. It is part of the restaurant guide.
We would need this translated for Saturday, August 1. I don't
suppose that the explanation of French is of much use in the French
version of the guide, so I'd leave it out unless you can think of some
way of making it useful.
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Welcome to Montréal
Pour des raisons hors de notre contrôle, nous n?avons pas pu traduire ce
document à temps.
Most of the text in this guide was written by Jo Walton; any text in the
first person is assuredly hers. You can view updates, and add your own
reviews, at http://community.livejournal.com/antici_food.
Montréal has the best and most varied food of anywhere I have ever
You may turn your nose up at that and say, well, Jo is from South
Wales, a place not noted for the excellence of its food. It?s true. All
the same, even for people from fairly cosmopolitan places, heck, even
for Jon Singer, the range and quality of food here is impressive. When
my mother-in-law visited from Ireland, we managed to introduce her
to ten new cuisines in a fortnight. There?s a lot here, and a lot of it is
excellent, and even the base level of expectation is very high.
What we want to do in the Restaurant Guide is cover everything
there is within a few blocks of the convention centre in detail, and also
suggest some of the highlights of the rest, the things for which it might
be worth leaving the immediate area.
A note on language
Montréal is in Quebec, a French-speaking province of Canada. Most
people living here naturally and normally speak French in their everyday
lives. Many of them also speak English as a second language, some
of them near-perfectly and some of them less well. English is Canada?s
other official language, so most people who went to school in Canada
will have learned at least some. There are people here who came here
as adults from French speaking places like Haiti, Mali, Vietnam, Algeria
and France, who speak no English. But most people speak some.
People are very nice.
There is a rule that conversations will take place in whatever
language everyone is most comfortable in. This means that if you try
to speak French, people will switch to English because they notice at
once that their English is better than your French. (This is why my
French still sucks.) If they really don?t speak English, they?ll try hard to
help figure out what you?re saying in French.
However, if you try to speak English right away automatically to
everyone, as if English were the only language in the world and you assume
everyone naturally understands it, people might understandably
become irritated with this assumption, and insist on speaking French.
Therefore, what you want to do is to start conversations with
strangers with: ?Bonjour hi?. ?Bonjour hi? is a Montréal greeting that
means ?Hello! I am a well-meaning person who accepts that I am in
a French-speaking place?but could we speak English?? It?s a literal
?Bonjour? is pronounced Bon, as in ?bonny? and ?jour? as in
?azure?. You should also know ?merci?, which means ?thank you?. ?S?il
vous plait?, pronounced ?Seev?play? means please. Beyond that, English
will do. The best way to think of it is that French is always correct, but
English is usually okay. If you speak English with the attitude that you
know French would be more correct in the circumstances, everyone
will happily speak English. In tourist places, you can get away with just
English from word one, but it costs nothing to be polite.
Getting around in Montréal
Montréal has an absurdly easy metro system?only four lines?and a
very cleverly interlocked bus system. Every metro station serves as a
mini bus-station, so you can always take the bus from the metro, and
the metro from the bus. There are clear simple maps at every metro
station and most bus shelters. All bus stops tell you what metro station
the buses will go to next. You can buy a one day ($9) or three day
($18) tourist pass from metro stations where they anticipate tourists.
Or you can buy individual tickets or an ?Opus? card for $7 and then
charge it with fares, either a number of individual tickets or a weekly
pass ($19.50). The pass or card is good on buses and metro. If you use
tickets, they?re valid for travel for 90 minutes from when you first use
The metro is totally inaccessible for wheelchairs. There are stairs
and escalators everywhere. For people not in wheelchairs but with
some mobility issues, there are usually escalators for big flights, but
they expect you to be able to climb say 20 steps, and there are often
random little sets of four or five steps thrown in just for fun.
The buses however are totally accessible. They are almost all kneeling
buses, they have ramps and seats that fold up. You can get anywhere
on buses and avoid the metro, it just takes longer.
Taxis aren?t very expensive, and fill in the holes public transit
doesn?t reach, such as transporting large or awkward things.
Inside the Palais
From the Place d?Armes/St-Urbain end:
Tim Horton?s Doughnuts, coffee, soup, sandwiches
Mon?Fri 6am?10pm, Sat?Sun 6am?8pm.
Tim?s is a Canadian national institution. You can get coffee and a
doughnut for less than $5, and lunch for around $10.
La Popessa Pasta
Mon?Fri 11am?10pm, Sat?Sun noon?10pm.
This place is fun. You pick up a tray, stand in line, choose a pasta
and a sauce and any extras, then they make the food in front of
you. It?s interesting to see them tossing the things into your pan, and
they?re pretty quick, though you might have to wait if they?re really
busy. They have a whole lot of sauces, including many vegetarian
and many without tomato?the stroganoff is especially good. There?s
something about it of the university dining hall, but the food is pretty
Couche Tard Convenience store
Mon?Fri 6am?midnight, Sat?Sun 7:30 am?11 pm.
Suitable for picking up chips, take out cardboard sandwiches, chocolate
bars, coffee and hot-water-plus-teabags and cold drinks. Right
across from this is a seating area with escalators to the second floor
and nicer chairs than any of the cafes, so if what you want to do is sit
down for a little bit, getting take out from here is a good option.
Subway Fast food sandwich chain
Mon?Fri 8am?10pm, Sat?Sun 8am?8pm.
Bet you?ve seen one. Sandwiches, drinks, around $10.
Mon?Fri 10am?8pm, Sat?Sun may be closed.
Lebanese fast food restaurant, with sit down space. Souvlaki, doner,
kebabs, rice, salad, baklava, vegetarian platter. $10-15. Also delivers
Terra Verte Italian
Pizza, panini, muffins, quiche, hot and cold drinks, small seating
area. $10. Reasonable vegetarian choice. Friendly staff.
Sushi Shop Sushi
Mon?Fri 11am?6pm, Sat?Sun closed.
Limited but acceptable chain fast food sushi. $10-15.
Noo Box Asian noodles
Mon?Fri 11am?7pm, Sat?Sun 11:30am?3pm.
You select your vegetables, type of noodles or rice, sauce (from options
like ?sweet teriyaki? and ?chili basil and lemongrass?), protein
source (includes both ?vegetarian? and ?fried tofu?), extras if you
want them, and the meal is cooked for you. There?s a reasonable
amount of seating space, and prices vary from $7.25 for vegetarian
to $9.50 for squid. Drinks are extra.
Café Van Houtte Coffee, sandwiches
Mon?Fri 7am?5pm, Sat?Sun 8am?5pm.
Chain cafe along the same general lines as Starbucks or Second Cup.
They sell cakes and sandwiches, but have an emphasis on complex
varieties of coffee. Some seating area, and free wifi.
Fourquet Fourchette Quebecois
Mon?Wed 11:30am?4pm, Thu?Sat 11:30am?10pm, closed Sunday.
Unlike all the others, this is an actual restaurant with waitstaff. It
specialises in ?the cuisine of New France?. The lunch menu is around
$15-20 and the evening menu around $25-50. It features lots of
bison, duck, rabbit etc, and beer as an ingredient. They serve a selection
of local Unibrowe beers, and also cider. At lunch, the soup and
salad is ?all you can eat?, and dessert and tea/coffee are included in
the price. I had the ?Amerindian tasting platter? and it was surprisingly
delicious?smoked duck breast, smoked salmon, smoked
caribou, trout terrine, and venison terrine. The home-made bread
was also excellent. There?s plenty of seating and they can make up
tables for large parties. I?d recommend this for a hearty lunch that?ll
keep you going all day.
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