Omar Sachedina is a familiar face to anyone who watches CTV News, reporting from across the country and around the world. Omar recently posted a tweet proudly announcing he'd filed his first report en français, crediting the French Immersion program he attended for this achievement. We think he sounded great!
Jill Barber is a three-time Juno Award nominated singer-songwriter with an unforgettable voice once heard, never forgotten. Her critically acclaimed repertoire spans a transformative spectrum from folk, to vocal jazz, to pop, and includes songs in both French and English. In this short video, Jill shares why she loves to write and sing songs in her deuxième langue.
Tatiana grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan and attended French Immersion. Her mother taught her to speak German and she also speaks a bit of Spanish, making the star of Orphan Black a well-rounded communicator! She always dreamed of attending Festival de Cannes and in this clip she's interviewed on the beach during the world famous film festival.
Bradley Cooper learned French while studying in Aix-en-Provence when he was in college. Don't believe it? Check out this interview he did with media in France to promote his film, The Hangover 2. In the interview he answers questions from French fans!
Annamie Paul is the first Black Canadian and Jewish woman to be elected as a leader of a federal party in Canada. Growing up in Toronto, her mother was determined that she and her siblings would grow up bilingual. This French interview was done right after she was nominated as the new leader of the Green Party of Canada.
The beloved late Alex Trebek hosted Jeopardy! for 37 seasons. That’s over 7,500 episodes! People knew him as being intelligent, quick-witted and eloquent, but did you know he also spoke French? His mother’s last name was Lagacé and she was Franco-Ontarian. Alex credited his mom for adding “French-speaking” to his extensive resume and enduring legacy.
With 23 Grand Slam titles under her belt, Serena Williams is one of the most dominant tennis players of all time. She learned French as a teenager because she dreamed of winning the French Open and accepting her trophy in French. She accomplished that goal in 2002 and today she’s passing on her love of French by teaching it to her daughter, Alexis!
Sam Roberts and his band have been nominated for fourteen Juno Awards, winning six! They were named Artist of the Year twice and Album of the Year once. Growing up in Montréal, Sam was exposed to English and French from an early age and loves being able to speak both official languages!