French Immigrant Fails Québec's French Language Test | 22 Words

In a quite literally unbelievable turn of events, a French immigrant somehow failed Québec's French-language test.

I know what you're thinking...

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How on earth did he manage that?!

Here's the full story...

Now, Yohan Flaman is perfectly fluent in French.

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​Being from Limoges in actual France, the thirty-nine-year-old truck driver speaks French as well as a person can get at speaking French.

However, his language skills were deemed as not good enough for Québec's standards.

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​Flaman initially came to Quebec in 2018 under the Quebec Experience Program and wasn't too nervous about taking the French test set by the Department of Immigration, Francization, and Integration.

The program fast-tracks permanent residency for foreign students and workers already established in the province...

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Though the Coalition Avenir Québec government overhauled it last year after widespread controversy over a first failed attempt at reform in 2019.

​As stated earlier, French was Flaman's first language and one that he'd spoken his entire life.

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He could also speak a little bit of English, which he'd picked up in school and on long-haul trucking jobs to the United States.

However, when it came to sitting the test...

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Flaman completely flunked it.

Of course, since the news of his test blunder spread, the internet has had a lot to say about it...

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Speaking of his failure in an interview, Flaman said:

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"If I failed it when I'm French, I can understand how someone who is Mexican, who doesn't speak French, could fail."

He added that the whole thing is "ridiculous"...

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Noting that when he first arrived in Quebec, he had passed the test for his professional Quebec driver's license entirely in French.

According to Flaman, the oral comprehension part of the test was the part to "trip him up"...

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Because it involved analyzing a recorded conversation from different points of view, including its political content.

"We're all human. We have different levels of concentration," he said.

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"Anyone can make a mistake."

Though he did stress that he doesn't disagree in principle with requiring immigrants to prove they speak French...

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But does feel that the test should not be so difficult that a native French speaker has trouble passing.

In July, Flaman retook the French test and passed.

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But he is still waiting for his selection certificate.

Better late than never, I suppose.