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Canada: Keep exploring
    2018-01-16  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

James Baquet

Having just been to the United Kingdom, let’s “cross the pond” and visit her largest daughter: Canada. Of the 52 Commonwealth nations, Canada is ninth in population — even less than Kenya — but is the largest in area. In fact, it’s the second largest in the world, after Russia, which is nearly twice its size.

As we mentioned, Canada is a Commonwealth country, with the U.K.’s Queen Elizabeth II serving as head of state and reigning monarch. But the country also has its own prime minister and bicameral parliament, with an upper house (the senate) and lower house (house of commons).

Here you can see the odd hybrid nature of some aspects of Canadian life: There are two houses, as is the case in both the United States and the United Kingdom. But the terms “parliament” and “house of commons” are decidedly British, while “senate” is also the name of the upper house of the U.S. congress.

Canada shares the U.S. telephone dialing system, and is sometimes confused with the United States in other ways. There’s the terminology, for example: The U.S. seems to have stolen the word “America,” even though everything from Canada all the way to the tip of South America is “America,” and citizens of all those countries “Americans.”

Canada also uses British spelling conventions (colour, centre) but largely American (U.S.) pronunciation.

Yet, on the world stage, Canada’s image is much less controversial than that of the United States. Many people think of it as a “better version” of the U.S., with great natural beauty and solid public institutions, but fewer of the negative aspects of the U.S. government. Many international students would prefer to study in Canada, and many people would rather immigrate there.

A lot of amusing sentences begin, “Canada is America without...” followed by “shootings,” “obesity” and other drawbacks of the American society.

Though a popular place for studying English, Canada also has a well-defined French-speaking area (Quebec) and is therefore both legally and practically bilingual. This distinction has also occasionally been a source of friction.

Vocabulary:

Which word above means:

1. words used in a specialized subject

2. being extremely overweight

3. disagreement, trouble

4. causing dispute or disagreement

5. something reflecting different origins

6. a humorous way to say “the Atlantic Ocean”

7. particular form or variety

8. disadvantages, negative traits

9. made up of two divisions

10. agreed-upon ways of doing things, customs

 

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