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Ask Doctor English
Your ESL and English language learning specialist. Ask Dr. English whatever you like about the English language.

Tuesday, May 31, 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.

One of the things that many students remark on when living in Canada, particularly in Vancouver, is that they find Canadian people to be very friendly. So friendly, in fact, that they often complimented by strangers on things like their clothes or hairstyles. This can be a bit shocking or unnerving for people of some cultures.

Don’t be surprised if someone asks you where you got your jacket or if someone simply tells you that they love your shirt. This is a common cultural behaviour and if you pay attention to Canadians you will notice that people often compliment each other. In fact, I expect to receive a compliment from my colleagues if I change my hairstyle or get a new suit! Therefore, the next time someone compliments you, don’t feel nervous, simply smile and say Thank you !:)

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


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