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Learning French in Montreal. Thanks to the International YMCA's French Summer School, you can learn French in Montreal - a city that cherishes its French heritage - without paying for expensive hotels and restaurants. The school offers three-week intensive (six hours a day) classes emphasizing conversational skills for beginners, intermediate, and advanced students. Rules for written French can also be acquired. Students can stay at the International YMCA at reasonable rates and enjoy their planned excursions and activities. For details, contact Janine Duchesne, International YMCA, 5550 Park Ave, Suite 200, Montreal (Quebec) H2V 4 H1. Telephone (514) 277-3323. Behind the scenes in Paris. If your plans include Paris this year, you might want to seek out Paris Secrets, a firm offering guided walking tours. Many of the routes are known only to native Parisians. For details contact the French Government Tourist Office, 610 Fifth Ave., N.Y. 10020 or call (212) 757-1125. In Paris, contact Paris Secrets, 12, Rue Chabanais, 75002 Paris.

Moscow after the '88 Summit. Moscow is sprucing up - discos and McDonald's, no less; the ``Moscow Hotel & Restaurant Guide'' offers the latest in glasnost amenities. To receive this rather slender little booklet and a map to locate the city's best known attractions, as well as information on over 150 restaurants, theaters, entertainments, and recreational facilities, send $5.95 to American's Tourist Manual for the USSR, Box 636, Newark, NJ 07101.

Lodge-to-lodge by canoe. Canoe Country Escapes has assembled trips to make wilderness canoeing attractive to people who like a few creature com-forts. Lodge-to-lodge packaged trips near the Minnesota-Ontario boundary vary from short two-day, three-night trips for those with busy schedules to five-day, six-night trips for those with more time. Family, honeymoon, and fishing packages are available. Activities along the way include swimming, exploring, stargazing, observing wildlife, and listening to stories around a campfire. Arrivals and departures are from the Duluth Airport. Rates for four-night family package begin at $375 each for the first two adults, $245 each for additional adults, $160 each for children 3-15. For more details contact Canoe Country, 194 So. Franklin St., Denver, CO 80209, telephone (303) 722-6482.

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