CANADIAN, EH ?
So, what is Canadian culture ? This can be very difficult to define as Canada has a population which incorporates many different ethnic groups and cultures. Often Canada has been described as a "mosaic". By definition, a mosaic means "a design which consists of small pieces of colored glass, tiles or stone set in concrete or plaster" (Collins Cobuild Dictionary). In reference to Canada, what mosaic means is that it is a country which consists of many different individual cultures that together form a multicultural picture. It is often compared with the United States, which has been described as a "melting pot". This means that all the cultures are mixed together into one, instead of being represented individually.
Therefore, when someone asks me "Is that common behaviour for Canadians?", it is very difficult to answer that precisely. There are some things that might be considered "Canadian" to a percentage of the population, but not to others. Nevertheless, there are some generalities that can be made about Canada and Canadians. Stay tuned to Ask Doctor English for more information on these generalities.
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