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Friday, May 13, 2005


One of the challenges of learning English is that the language changes depending on the English-speaking country in which you are in. Whether you are in Canada, the United States, England, Australia, or any of the many other countries in which English is the primary language, you will find the language changes. Not only are there distinctions in vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation, but there are also many cultural differences which affect how we use the language.

So, how do we recognize Canadian English? One of the ways to recognize a Canadian is by the use of the expression "Eh?" This expression is often used in a similar format to a tag question. For example, instead of saying, "It’s a beautiful day, isn’t it?", many Canadians say, "It’s a beautiful day, eh?". As well, it is sometimes used just to emphasize a word, as in, "Thanks, eh?" Listen to Canadians speaking and you will often hear this expression used. Keep in mind, however, that this is a slang expression, and therefore should not be used in a formal situation.

If you would like more information on CANADIAN, EH?, please email Doctor English with your questions at drenglish@vec.ca..


  • Dear Dr. English,

    I would say that Canadian English is noticeable for its formality. Canadians speak more formal that Ameicans, in other words, they (Canadainas) use less slangs in their speaking.

    A much better recognition method would be to notice in their writing words like colour, cheque or labour becuase Americas would write color, check and labor. Small details like this make a big difference because check in Canadian English has a different meaning than that from American English.

    Very cool, eh?

    looking forward for your next blog

    By Blogger english_patient, at 9:24 a.m.  

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