Originally Posted by big T
I was in Louisiana two weeks ago for work. One of the guys I was working with casually asked me (over lunch) "so, is most of Canada French-speaking?"
So, there you go - typical view of Canada in Louisiana: they don't have one.
Yeah, this misperception is present is a lot of places, and not just in the French-speaking world.
Every once in a while on forums you get people from the States or elsewhere who ask if they will need to know French to visit Vancouver, Toronto, Halifax, etc.
I worked in tourism in Ontario in my youth and every once in a while you'd get inquiries from people about whether or not they should brush up on their French to visit, say, Niagara Falls...
French is very much a minority language in Canada but it's got presence and visibility that make it an obvious outlier that "sticks out" when some people think of the country.