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Calgary: Immersion involves more than just becoming fluent – there are numerous other aspects, say experts

February 23, 2012

Speaking the language

Sometimes, wine is cheaper than water, bread is served with every meal no matter what the cuisine – even Chinese – and the number of kisses offered in a greeting depends on what city and region you’re in.

Those are just a few of the observations Aidan Fridman has made during a year-long university exchange to Avignon, France, where half of her classes are in Spanish and the rest in French.

It’s an experience the 20-year-old University of Victoria student likely wouldn’t have had if not for the extensive language immersion she had in her childhood.

After attending French immersion in elementary school at the Lycée Louis Pasteur, Fridman enrolled in Webber Academy in Grade 4, where she learned Mandarin, continued her French and became fluent in Spanish.

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