Canada & Australia: Taylor Whiteman.
Someone You Should Know
As a fourteen year old sitting in Maths class, and dreading the class ahead I was very excited when a new teacher walked in. Then she started talking and suddenly everyone’s attention was on her.
“So where in America are you from?”
Her face. I will never forget and how angry she was.
“I’m Canadian,” she replied and then offered the advice, “Never get the two confused.”
For the rest of the semester I could not understand why she would get so uptight about the language thing… like big whoop. Until I moved overseas… and continuously get mistaken for a New Zealander. Then I get annoyed. It is not that I have anything against Kiwis, but it is weird how you automatically get defensive in another country when someone gets your nationality wrong.
And this leads me to this weeks travel entry.
Canada and Australia. Two different time zones. Opposite hemispheres.
A pure Canadian, living here for twenty years knows her country like she knows how to tell the difference between a caribou and moose… She knows that saying ‘sorry’ is part of everyday life… And she knows that every time she says ‘about’ it sounds like ‘aboot’.
And although that is true… I am a little weird, I think it seems more apparent to her because of the “Aussie Canadian Cultural Clash”.
For two predominantly English speaking countries, we certainly have our differences. And who would have guessed?
There are so many words or phrases that each country says that we never think about until we are in conversation.
And being bilingual in Canada is extremely helpful. Predominantly on the east coast, it is important to be bilingual as French is still some of the nation’s first and only language. Taylor is from Ottawa, Ontario (the east side). Ottawa is the fourth largest city in the country. And it is definitely bilingual. There are schools and colleges that are specifically French speaking or English speaking. You have the right in that city to only know French or English and can get by having the one language. Taylor is bilingual though. English is her first language and feels more comfortable speaking English, but does have the ability to speak French if necessary.
“ I love Canada because you can experience every other culture, as well as your own, on a daily basis.”
Even though Canada is part of the commonwealth, they are definitely more so influenced by the American culture, where as Australia has still kind of been shaped by the British culture. Both Australia and Canada are extremely multicultural countries. Both countries have welcomed their arms to many diverse nationalities. Although Canada is transparently American influenced, there is definitely more of a welcoming of diverse cultures. The fact that Canada is a French and English speaking country proves that they are one country that has learnt to completely accept two cultures in one country.
“We have the greatest landscape ever all across the nation and it’s just beautiful.”
But what is it about the Canadian culture that is so addictive? Why do so many people come and stay in Canada, or crave to go back? Well from a Canadian’s point of view, it is about the sense of belonging and community.
“I think about what brings Canadians together. Our love of hockey and how Canadians come together to support their teams during the hockey season. Definitely the food and beer; beaver tails are the greatest thing about Canada (seriously, try one if you haven’t already). Most importantly though, anytime I think about Canadian culture, I just think about how much pride each and every person has when it comes to being Canadian. Nothing specifically comes to mind about “Canadian culture”, because we are a nation of people from all over the world with many different cultures. Just throw all those cultures into a blender and BAM! You have Canadian culture.”
Before I moved to Canada when I thought Canada, I thought ‘cold’, mounties, nice people, the word ‘eh’ and fatty food. And you know what… I was exactly right!
Australians are known for their “shrimp on the barbie” and guzzling their beer, talking all slang and our animals always come into the picture. To me, other than the beer…. none of that seems to be anything like Australia. But I do not see what a tourist sees. I probably do not notice the things they would, like how things that I notice in Canada wouldn’t phase them.
“My impression on Aussies would definitely be a kickass group of people. They have amazing accents, and are incredibly brave for being able to live with spider that can kill you. …Enforce the brave trait after hearing all about the spiders and being bitten and what not!”
Canada and Australia are two beautiful and countries that have two completely different set of qualities to offer!
Australia/ Canadian Dictionary
Dunny, Toilet= Washroom- Bathroom is were the bath/ shower is
Dummy= Soother, Pacifier (Yeah, soothers are not lollies in Canada)
Plaits doesn’t exist in Canada, they are braids (French Braid, Dutch Braid…etc)
Pop is the word for soft drink in Canada and Ice Blocks are Popsicles.
Aussies really do have slang for everything… mozzies (mosquitoes),
Chips and Fries in Canada are not the same thing… Chips are Potato Chips and Fries, are solely Fries.
Any other differences you have picked up??