- Canadian English uses a mix of British and American spelling.
The same applies for pronunciation and stress patterns.
- Vocabulary has been strongly influenced by Native American sources.
Caribou, kayak,.. have all successfully entered Canadian
- Bilingualism has left its traces, too. In Canadian French there
is a considerable number of French loanwords such as serviette
rather than napkin.
- Question tags "don't, hasn't,
" are often
replaced by a short tag "eh?".
Is this a problem for learning English?
As mentioned above, we are talking about standard varieties,
not regional dialects. Dialects and slang can be strong and difficult
to understand, no matter where you are going. However, standard
varieties are hardly ever mutually incomprehensible and are all
totally acceptable in official context and examinations!
In all recommended language schools you are taught standard English.
Acquiring some local slang and dialectal vocabulary is fun and adds
excitement to your English learning experience. However, your main
activities will be centered around standard English!
International English courses in Canada!