Post # 1
I was inspired by another thread that is discussing the pop vs. coke vs. soda debate – in Canada we only call it pop. It got me thinking about lots of differences between our countries.
1. Tailgate parties – defintely an American thing. I think you guys do it for college football? Which brings me to my next point:
2. College football – this is just NOT a big deal in Canada. In fact, many universities don’t even have football teams. Crazy huh? While on the topic of college:
3. University = College? Just the wording here! In Canada, colleges are usually different from universities – they typically refer to a community college. But in the US, many people refer to universities as colleges. Ex: “I am going away to college this fall”.
Any other differences between the Great White North and the US you have found?
Post # 3
Yeah, I guess the whole football thing is lost on Canadians. 😉 And you’re right, we do say college where you mean university. I have a friend who is Canadian and I also notice that you guys say “Grade 3” where we say “3rd Grade”. Also I believe that Candadians say that they “write a test”, where we say “take a test”
Post # 4
Americans tailgate for professional football as well.
College football is sort of regional in my opinion, and depends where you went to school. In NY, college football isn’t that big of a deal, because we don’t have any “major” teams in this state. However, in the Midwest, Florida, etc., it’s huge.
In the U.S., schools are called universities or colleges based on their size (I think?) For example, I went to Marist College, but my friend went to Syracuse University. But, yes, you do generally say, “I’m going away to college,” or “so-and-so is home from college.”
I’ve only been to Canada once (Montreal my freshman year of college) so I can’t think of anything else. Although I did find the tipping system at bars in Montreal to be quite strange, but maybe that has changed!
Post # 5
@Valhalla – Trust me, there are plenty of Americans who don’t care about college football 🙂 And you can also tailgate for concerts or professional sporting events – it’s basically just partying, drinking +/- grilling out in the parking lot before the event.
Post # 6
@RedHerring: Forgot about concerts! The Jimmy Buffet tailgate was one of the wildest parties I’ve ever been to!
Post # 7
I was going to say the same thing as Jessie516. I got most of my info on Canada from “Degrassi” lol. I noticed that the “grade 9s” always got themselves into trouble!
Post # 8
@ Jessie516 – I didn’t know that about the grade thing! I always say “Grade 3” or “Grade 12” or whatever. Which reminds me, this whole freshman/sophomore/junior/senior thing – a no go in Canada! We would never say “I’m a freshman in college”, but you might say “I am in my first year of univeristy”. First, second, third, and fourth year – that’s how she goes!
@ LovestheBear – the old Degrassi was a classic!
@ RedHerring – thanks for the clarification on the tailgating thing – makes sense you would do it for big events like concerts as well. It might be fun if it caught on in Canada!
@ HotChild – I have never heard of this bizarre tipping thing – but I have several friends in Quebec, I am going to ask them about it! Quebec tends to be different from the rest of Canada anyways 😉
Post # 9
I don’t know anything about Montreal tipping, but maybe BC tipping is just as messed up, and I’m making major mistakes when in the states.
What always gets me is when I go to a restaurant in the US and at the end of the meal they bring you your “check”. In Canada, at the end of a meal your server would bring you your “bill”. A check/cheque is giving somebody money, not asking them to pay you.