Canada (part 1)

Everyone likes a bit of a rant about other cultures, no? Or at least going on about funny facts. Today we’ll be taking a closer look at: Canada!

Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, Canada

Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, Canada

Who doesn’t love the friendly, sociable country above the United States?! Do you like Timbits, Poutine and Maple Syrup?

Canada has turned into a more and more popular travel destination, simply because…because of what? The beer? The food? The handicap places in front of the skating rink? Or the fact that a pizza can get to your house faster than an ambulance? We don’t know. However, should you ever think about traveling to Canada, have a look at these translations first:

The meanings of “eh”

Eh? = what did you say?
Eh? = what do you think?
EH? = something to say just to end a sentence.
Ehhhh!! = WOW!!
EH!? = what do you mean?
Eh?? = you’re joking!!!??
EH!! = Hello..(you off in the distance!!!)
Eh? = want a doughnut or some Tim Bits?
Eh! = sure!!
Eh!Eh! = coffee double-cream too please!
Eh? = what you say when you realize you have no money to pay for it.
Eh..cmon, eh? = asking them to let you pay for it next time.
hey..eh! = want to go to the drive-in movie??
Eh…uhuh = yes sure!
Eh..y’know = I’ll pick you up at 8:00 (8:30 in Newfoundland).
Eh..cmon!! = well that’s early..but ok.
Eh..wanna? eh? = lets fool around …
EHHHHHHH = sounds coming from the car.
hey..um..er eh… = I’m pregnant!
EH????????? = how did that happen?
EHHehhEHHehhEHHH = sounds from the delivery room.
EHHH-ehh, EHHH-ehh = baby’s first cry.
Ehh..whadya think eh? = marry me.

(source: http://members.shaw.ca/kcic1/canisms.html + my own travel experience, eh)

We’ve now understood that the same thing can have different meanings – no wonder the country itself has its name from a misunderstanding! Exactly, some dude was only pointing at Quebec City, asking for the name of the city, but Jacques Cartier misunderstood the use of the word “Kanata” (village). Could be worse, couldn’t it?

Last, but not least, we have discovered some weird laws in the country of the Maple Leaf.

– In some places residents are not allowed to have an Internet connection faster than 56k – ouch!
– Do not paint your ladders when climbing on your roof….it might be slippery when wet – and that’s illegal (fair enough, only the best for every citizen).
– It is illegal to show public affection on Sunday – how do they define public affection?
– It is illegal to kill a sick person by frightening them – why, just why would anyone do that?!
– The city is classified as a no-pee zone.

We love them dearly.

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