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Canadian Association Useful Words

Useful Words

Whether you go to Canada, or just want to talk to people around campus, these words will help you blow them away with your language skills. Have fun!

Useful Words

Poutine French Canadian dish; French fries with gravy and cheese curds on top.
Beaver Tail A pastry
Nanaimo bar Delicious Canadian desert.
All-dressed chips You just need to try them
Ketchup Chips Chips that are ketchup flavored
Wonderbar Amazing chocolate bar
Aero Bar Another great chocolate bar
Smarties Chocolate, like M&Ms but better
Pop Common name for soda
Garburator Electric garbage disposal in the sink
Chesterfield Couch
Hoser Means loser (back in the day, the loser of the hockey game had to hose off the rink)
Chinook Warm dry wind in the winter or spring
Eves troughs The gutters on your house
Fire Hall Fire Station
Loony One dollar coin
Toonie Two dollar coin
Mounties These are the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)
First Nations Indigenous people of Canada
Hydro Short for Hydro electricity
Pot Hole Hole in the road
Parkade Parking garage
Runners Running shoes
Serviette A napkin
Utensils Forks, knives, spoons, that kind of stuff
Washroom Bathroom or restroom
Tuque Beanie (that thing you wear on your head in the winter)
Eh Huh. This word can technically be used anywhere, anytime, with anything
"How's she bootin'er?" How's it going?
"Busy as a Beaver" Very busy
"Phone me" Call me



Bag, flag, rag (anything with that same ending): B-egg
Pasta: First "a" is short, like in "rat".
Mazda: Same thing as pasta
Again: A-gain (say it the way it's spelt)
Sorry: S-or-ee
Tomorrow: Tom-or-oh
Mom: Mum
Drama, Lava (other words like this): Same rule as pasta
About: A-boot (I personally don't know anyone that says it this way)