Canada Culture #5

Differences between Canadian and American vocabulary:


Here are a few differences I’ve noticed when in Canada.


Canadian Sayings & Phrases


Canadian / American


“How did you make out?” / “How did that work for you?” *Usually referred to trying on clothes*



“Don’t be cheeky.” / “Don’t be disrespectful.”


“I’d like a Double-Double, please.” / “I’d like two creams and two sugars in my coffee.”


“The hydro is out.” / “The electricity is out.”


“Where is your washroom?” / “Where is your bathroom?”

“I’m in grade 10.” / “I’m in tenth grade.”


“Is this your tuque?” / “Is this your toboggan?” or “Is this your beanie?”


“He went to the Emerge.” / “He went to the Emergency Room.”


“Yes, it’s spitting outside.” / “Yes, it’s sprinkling outside.”


“Don’t forget your runners.” / “Don’t forget your sneakers.”


“Do you like Kraft Dinner?” / “Do you like macaroni and cheese?”


“I need some serviettes.” / “I need some napkins.”


“Would you like a freezie?” / “Would you like a freeze pop?” or “Would you like an ice pop?”


“What are you doing for March Break?” / “What are you doing for Spring Break?”


“Do you like Smarties in your ice cream?” / “Do you like M&Ms in your ice cream?”


“Would you’s want to come with us?” / “Would you guys want to come with us?”




How to Use the Infamous “eh?”


“You like cream in your tea, eh?” / “You like cream in your tea, right?”


“Yeah, I know, eh?” / “Yeah, I know, right?”


“Eh?” / “Huh?” or “What did you say?”


“It’s raining, eh?” / “Did you know it’s raining?”




Spelling Differences


Cancelled / Canceled


Cheque / Check


Colour / Color


Favourite / Favorite


Fibre / Fiber


Licence / License


Litre / Liter


Metre / Meter


Pyjamas / Pajamas


Travelling / Traveling


Yogourt / Yogurt

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