Though many young people will be comfortable chatting to you in English, it is far less commonly spoken here than in Montréal. English is learned from primary school and locals grow up listening to anglophone music, but given the tiny English community in Québec City, if you venture outside the walls you may find many locals who are not used to speaking or listening to the language.
Within the walls, where almost all locals are somehow engaged with the tourist industry, you will have no problem finding English speakers.
If you speak some French and are coming from Montréal, you may find the accent here thicker and more challenging to understand. Montrealers and Quebec City locals can easily recognize each other at parties just by their accents.
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