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Friday, July 08, 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.

In Canada, when someone finishes a conversation, they often say "I’ll call you" to the person they were speaking with. This phrase is commonly used to end a conversation and does not necessarily mean that someone will actually call you.

Therefore, if a Canadian says, "I’ll call you", try not to take this statement literally. They may call you or they may not and whether or not they call, may not have any connection to their relationship with you. Try not to take offense if the person does not call you and remember that this phrase may just be a polite way to end a conversation.

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


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