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Canadian Proverbs, Quotes, and Sayings

Canadian Proverbs, Quotes, and Sayings

Canadian Proverbs, Quotes, and Sayings

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“There is no place like home.”
– Canadian Proverb

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“God Bless America, but God help Canada to put up with them! “
– Canadian Proverb

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“Some pursue happiness, others create it.”
– Canadian Proverb

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“Do not yell “dinner” until your knife is in the loaf.”
– Canadian Proverb

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“The devil places a pillow for a drunken man to fall upon.”
– Canadian Proverb

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“Patience is a tree whose root is bitter, but its fruit is very sweet.”
– Canadian Proverb

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” Walk a mile in my moccasins to learn where they pinch.”
– Canadian Proverb

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“You can’t catch skunks with mice.”
– Canadian Proverb

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“There’s no trailer hitch on a hearse.”
– Canadian Proverb

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“Think before you speak.”
– Canadian Proverb

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“Through other people’s faults, wise men correct their own.”
– Canadian Proverb

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“The devil places a pillow for a drunken man to fall upon.”
– Canadian Proverb

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Canadian Proverbs, Quotes, and Sayings

Canadian Expressions and Sayings

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“His bark is worse than his bite.”
– Canadian Expression

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“Once bitten. Twice shy.”
– Canadian Expression

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“Easier said than done.”
– Canadian Expression

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“Laugh all the way to the bank.”
– Canadian Expression

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French Canadian Expressions and Sayings

“J’ai mon voyage!”
“I’ve got my trip, I have traveled.”

– French Canadian Expression

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“Il se prend pour le boss des bécosses.”
“He thinks he is the toilets boss.”

– French Canadian Expression

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“Il est riche en titi.”
“He is very rich.”

– French Canadian Expression

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“Bédaine de bière.”
“Beer belly.”

– French Canadian Expression

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“Être en mosus”
“To be furious.”

– French Canadian Expression

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Canada Slang Words and Phrases

Canada Quotes

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Canadians are more polite when they are being rude than Americans are when they are being friendly.
– Edgar Friedenberg

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“Canada was built on dead beavers.
– Margaret Atwood

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It is wonderful to feel the grandness of Canada in the raw.
– Emily Carr

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Canada is free and freedom is its nationality.
– Wilfrid Laurier

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A Canadian is sort of like an American, but without the gun.
– Anonymous

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Canada is not a country for the cold of heart or the cold of feet.
– Pierre Trudeau

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You Canadian Slang

Canada

  • Country:             Canada
  • Capital:               Ottawa
  • Largest city:       Toronto
  • Languages:        English & French
  • Population:        35 million
  • Independence from the United Kingdom:
    • Confederation – 1867
    • Statute of Westminster – 1931
    • Canadian Citizenship Act – 1947
    • Patriation – 1982

Languages of Canada

Both English and French have official federal status throughout Canada, in respect of all government services, including the courts, and federal legislation is enacted bilingually.

English and French are the mother tongues of 56% and 21% of Canadians respectively. 

Quebec’s official language is French, although the Constitution requires that all legislation be enacted in both French and English.

Canada’s linguistic diversity extends beyond the two official languages. About 14% of the population speak a language other than English or French.

Canada is also home to many indigenous languages. However, taken together, these are spoken by less than one percent of the population. 

Canadian French

Canadian English

Canadian English contains elements of both British and American English, as well as some uniquely Canadian characteristics.

Broadly speaking, Canadian English tends to be closest to American English. Canadian and American English are classified together as North American English.

Canadian French

Canadian French includes multiple varieties, the most prominent being Quebec French. 

The total number of native French speakers in Canada is about 7.3 million, while another 2 million speak it as a second language.

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Canadian Sayings

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Canadian Slang

Famous Canadians

  • Jim Carrey – a Canadian-American actor, comedian, writer, producer, author, and artist, known for his slapstick performances
  • Celine Dion – a Canadian singer, renowned for her powerfully skilled vocals, and the best-selling Canadian recording artist
  • Avril Lavigne – a Canadian singer, songwriter, and actress
  • Justin Bieber –  a Canadian singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist
  • Mike Myers – a Canadian actor, comedian, screenwriter, producer, and director
  • William Shatner – a Canadian actor, author, producer, director, screenwriter, and singer who became a cultural icon for his portrayal of Captain James T. Kirk in the Star Trek
  • Ryan Reynolds –  a Canadian-American actor, film producer, and entrepreneur
  • Michael J. Fox – a Canadian-American actor, comedian, author, film producer, and activist with a film and television
  • Seth Rogen – a Canadian actor, comedian, writer, producer, and director
  • Keanu Reeves – a Canadian actor, born in Beirut, he grew up in Toronto
  • Dan Aykroyd – a Canadian actor, producer, comedian, musician, and filmmaker
  • Ellen Page – a Canadian actress and producer
  • Neil Young – a Canadian-American singer-songwriter, musician, and activist
  • Ryan Gosling –  a Canadian actor and musician
  • Donald Sutherland – a Canadian actor
  • Rachel McAdams – a Canadian actress
  • Sandra Oh – a Canadian-American actress
  • Kiefer Sutherland – a British-born Canadian actor, producer, director, and singer
  • Matthew Perry – an American-Canadian actor, comedian, executive producer, screenwriter, and playwright

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Canadian Proverbs, Quotes, and Sayings

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“Once the last tree is cut and the last river poisoned, you will find you cannot eat your money.”
– Canadian Proverb

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