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Canada for beginners

July 1, 2017
Nataša Milošević, grade 9
San Issue 9 - Summer 2017

Canada: the second biggest country in the world, known for its multiculturalism, many famous figures, and a high standard of living. What makes Canada so special?

Canada has two official languages: English and French. It is easy to learn a new language, but it is much harder to fit into a different mentality and society in a different language. The easiest way to fit into Canadian society is by getting to know Canadian celebrities and Canadian cuisine. Canadians are proud of their successes in the Hollywood industry, but also of their culinary specialties, which are sought throughout the world.

Justin Bieber is a pop star adored by teenagers, and little girls go crazy when they hear his name. The Weeknd and Drake are rappers, and teenage girls love them because of their look and the messages in their songs. Many can relate to their songs. For example, girls who break up with their boyfriends listen to “Marvin’s Room” by Drake, and can totally relate to it. Pamela Anderson and many other world-renown actors and singers are from Canada. The reason for such a large number is because of the existence of high schools in Canada whose main focus is the arts. For example, Glendale Secondary School in Hamilton is a school for the performing arts, which means that the bulk of the classes are in music, acting, and dance, and teens from all over attend that school because it gives them many opportunities for success later in life.

Canada is a country that has its specific food. You will often see people snacking on poutine ( fries, brown gravy, and cheese curds). If you want to fit in with everybody, it is best to go out to any Canadian fast food chain like Wendy’s or McDonald’s and order a poutine. Canadians love those foods, and at the beginning if you are new to the country and want to show that you are familiar with the things they are proud of, you are one step closer to fitting in. If you are from Europe, chances are you are familiar with the phrase “Can you bring back some maple syrup?”

Canadians differ from Americans in their slang and hobbies. The most well-known word used all the time is “eh.” It is always put at the end of sentences when they are asking somebody something, for example, “What a great Tim Hortons coffee, eh?”

Hockey is the most popular sport in Canada. Canadians are very proud of their most famous teams, the Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens, because of their success in competitions and matches. Watching hockey live and on TV—because of the great love of the sport and the handsome young players—is the main hobby of most Canadians.

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