A video example of joual, please!
September 24, 2008 4:00 PM   Subscribe

Can anyone recommend me a good video clip (youtube or otherwise) of the Quebecois spoken dialect "joual"? I'd like to show my French-speaking European friends just how different from normal spoken french it is, but I can only speak a few words of it (my normal French is quite good, but I've never lived in Quebec so haven't picked up the slang). I tried the typical search for "joual" and "quebec slang" but didn't find much. Any suggestions?
posted by Planet F to Society & Culture (10 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Not QUITE joual, but you get a pretty good idea from classic Québec television. La Petite Vie is pretty close to joual. There's a fair bit of it on YouTube.

Elvis Gratton also springs to mind, but he's not really joual, more motormouth.
posted by Shepherd at 4:11 PM on September 24, 2008

tetes a claque!! Tons of quebec-isms in there and fabulous accents galore.
posted by vodkaboots at 4:28 PM on September 24, 2008

My favourite part of the movie "Bon Cop Bad Cop" is partly spoken in joual. You can see it here.
posted by madokachan at 4:44 PM on September 24, 2008 [3 favorites]

Les Trois Accords are pretty much slang with guitars
And yes, our dear Elvis Gratton is a franco-quebecois canadien.
posted by ddaavviidd at 6:30 PM on September 24, 2008

Now I want to watch Bon Cop Bad Cop. Thanks, madokachan.
posted by small_ruminant at 7:35 PM on September 24, 2008

Oh, yes! -- some of my favourite examples of the fine art of swearing in joual are shown in "Bon Cop, Bad Cop" (which is one of my favourite Canadian-produced films) -- it's been very handy to show to out-of-province friends rather than try to explain it myself...
posted by Jade Dragon at 9:37 PM on September 24, 2008 [1 favorite]

That was hilarious.
posted by Wolof at 11:54 PM on September 24, 2008

merci beaucoup les gens! I always knew there was a really good reason why I should watch good cop bon cop, but I just never got around to it.
posted by Planet F at 2:15 AM on September 25, 2008

I don't know if it would be considered joual, but the Simpson's movie (Les Simpson) was translated into Québécois French as well as International French. Strong accents with lots of slang.
posted by Gor-ella at 6:23 AM on September 25, 2008

Seconding Têtes à Claques! You won't be disappointed...
posted by Succa at 8:53 AM on September 25, 2008

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