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Re: Cultural Differences

Postby jvcc » Sun Jul 07, 2013 5:12 pm

I teach people how to write in your queen's language, bitch!
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Re: Cultural Differences

Postby James » Sun Jul 07, 2013 8:06 pm

THE JOKE WAS THAT I WAS MISIDENTIFYING 'ENGLISH' AS AN ADJECTIVE RATHER THAN A NOUN. IT WAS VERY FUNNY.
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Re: Cultural Differences

Postby chrismachine » Sun Jul 07, 2013 8:47 pm

It was also received as such, I'm sure, she was just fake-demanding respect.
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Re: Cultural Differences

Postby James » Sun Jul 07, 2013 9:35 pm

NO, I DON'T THINK YOU UNDERSTAND. IF YOU UNDERSTOOD YOU'D BE LAUGHING TOO HARD TO TYPE. SHALL I EXPLAIN IT AGAIN?
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Re: Cultural Differences

Postby chrismachine » Sun Jul 07, 2013 10:45 pm

Must be cultural differences.
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Re: Cultural Differences

Postby jvcc » Mon Jul 08, 2013 12:46 am

chrismachine wrote:Must be cultural differences.


Were this thread a sitcom, this would be its catchphrase. It would be said at the end of every episode by a character looking into the camera while shrugging his or her shoulders.
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Re: Cultural Differences

Postby ntw3001 » Mon Jul 08, 2013 4:48 pm

chrismachine wrote:Hey, that's pretty cool, although I suspect that won't likely bring you back to Canada...


I onno, it seems like a potential option tbh. You guys have plenty of foreigners, which means plenty of foreign language schools. London seems to have a whole bunch of them, so I doubt Toronto is any different. The thing is that I would expect those places to require a bit of experience, what with native speakers being abundant and all. But yeah, returning to Canada is something I'd consider. TBH I'll be keeping an eye on TEFL jobs around Toronto anyways.
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Re: Cultural Differences

Postby chrismachine » Tue Jul 09, 2013 1:32 pm

That would be pretty decent. You are right about the immigrant and new-arrival populations being high in Toronto, and also Montreal and Vancouver. Vancouver is mostly an Asian population of non-English people, and Montreal actually while about 40% English has an equal number of French-first citizens so you might have slightly better odds even if there are fewer people needing the training.
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Re: Cultural Differences

Postby James » Tue Jul 09, 2013 5:38 pm

jvcc wrote:
chrismachine wrote:Must be cultural differences.

Were this thread a sitcom, this would be its catchphrase. It would be said at the end of every episode by a character looking into the camera while shrugging his or her shoulders.

Are you sure it wouldn't be a hands-on-hips head-tilted-to-one-side affair?
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Re: Cultural Differences

Postby EsBe » Tue Jul 09, 2013 6:34 pm

James wrote:
jvcc wrote:
chrismachine wrote:Must be cultural differences.

Were this thread a sitcom, this would be its catchphrase. It would be said at the end of every episode by a character looking into the camera while shrugging his or her shoulders.

Are you sure it wouldn't be a hands-on-hips head-tilted-to-one-side affair?

Either way, I'm pretty sure that it would involve some kooky trombone or recorder+vibraphone incidental music.
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Re: Cultural Differences

Postby jvcc » Wed Jul 10, 2013 12:15 am

James wrote:
jvcc wrote:
chrismachine wrote:Must be cultural differences.

Were this thread a sitcom, this would be its catchphrase. It would be said at the end of every episode by a character looking into the camera while shrugging his or her shoulders.

Are you sure it wouldn't be a hands-on-hips head-tilted-to-one-side affair?


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EsBe wrote:Either way, I'm pretty sure that it would involve some kooky trombone or recorder+vibraphone incidental music.


I had to look up "vibraphone" because of this comment.
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Re: Cultural Differences

Postby James » Wed Jul 10, 2013 11:40 am

After describing it, the Oh You Dog Man did leap immediately to mind.
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Re: Cultural Differences

Postby MysticalDescent » Mon Oct 28, 2013 4:26 pm

I read something last night saying that the most confusing thing about Britain for visiting Americans is the concept of having one tap for hot water and one tap for cold water, rather than a single tap with an adjustable temperature. Can that possibly be true?
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Re: Cultural Differences

Postby ntw3001 » Mon Oct 28, 2013 5:03 pm

That could not possibly be as difficult as getting used to crisps being called crisps and chips being a different thing, and also chips being distinct from fries in addition cookies are just one type of biscuit except no that's not a biscuit that's like a scone or something and that stuff is not gravy gravy is brown
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Re: Cultural Differences

Postby EvilJekyll » Mon Oct 28, 2013 5:32 pm

I've seen it both ways over here, albeit infrequently.
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Re: Cultural Differences

Postby MysticalDescent » Mon Oct 28, 2013 7:18 pm

ntw3001 wrote:That could not possibly be as difficult as getting used to crisps being called crisps and chips being a different thing, and also chips being distinct from fries in addition cookies are just one type of biscuit except no that's not a biscuit that's like a scone or something and that stuff is not gravy gravy is brown


A few years ago, I was on a flight to New York and was promised a meal of toasted turkey and cheese sandwiches with chips. 'How nice', I thought to myself, 'I'll be getting chips with this meal'. Long story short, I got a bag of crisps and a sandwich. It could have been worse, I suppose.
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Re: Cultural Differences

Postby jvcc » Mon Oct 28, 2013 10:21 pm

MysticalDescent wrote:I read something last night saying that the most confusing thing about Britain for visiting Americans is the concept of having one tap for hot water and one tap for cold water, rather than a single tap with an adjustable temperature. Can that possibly be true?


My kitchen sink has that. I didn't even think about it until I read your comment.
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Re: Cultural Differences

Postby chrismachine » Tue Oct 29, 2013 8:58 pm

Well, it is annoying to burn yourself with straight hot water... My grandmother had that in her old pre-war house downtown.
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Re: Cultural Differences

Postby Nyperold » Sat Nov 02, 2013 10:05 pm

One faucet, two knobs is what I usually see. That or one faucet, one handle that you turn in the direction of the color indicating the temperature you want, sometimes also involving pulling up on the handle. But yeah, over here, sinks with more than one faucet usually indicate that they may be used at the same time, and have their own controls.

Also, when I order chips, I always* expect those little chocolate things in cookies and am disappointed**.

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Re: Cultural Differences

Postby James » Mon Nov 04, 2013 3:35 pm

There's a fairly even mix of two spouts, one spout with two knobs, and one spout with a complex knob* over here. I think most modern fittings have a single spout, but that wasn't the norm until fairly recently, so there's still a lot of the old style. It's generally fine – the hot water takes a while to become unbearably so – but it can on occasion be a nuisance. This post is quite boring; the main reason I'm bothering is because I want to say "complex knob".

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Re: Cultural Differences

Postby Nyperold » Tue Nov 05, 2013 12:40 pm

Oddly enough, the original draft of my post contained a note indicating that I was aware of the other meaning of "knob". Somehow, it got lost in the restructuring.
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Re: Cultural Differences

Postby jvcc » Sun Dec 08, 2013 12:48 am

I don't know if the difficulties with numbers and math shown in this video are representation of most Americans, but they certainly resonate with me.
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Re: Cultural Differences

Postby James » Sun Dec 08, 2013 9:28 pm

Interestingly, phone numbers are one of the few places you'll still hear people say "treble" instead of "triple".
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Re: Cultural Differences

Postby chrismachine » Sun Dec 08, 2013 11:34 pm

Some things are just too often employed to be easily changed, like how about the only thing we measure in feet in Canada is height, and distances where you would use height as a comparison to guess at length. We measure lots of things in pounds, but almost no liquids by american measures (the only exception I can think of is making a baby's bottle, the one place you'd think you would want to be perfectly sure about how much you're giving, but I guess not. It took 6 months for me to get used to it when my wife would ask me to prepare a ___-ounce bottle.
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Re: Cultural Differences

Postby MysticalDescent » Fri Nov 28, 2014 6:36 pm

Hello American posters! I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving.

There is a bit of a strange phenomenon currently taking place in Britain, as some of our retailers are also taking part in Black Friday. This is a little odd. Black Friday makes sense in America. It's not exactly my bag, exactly - I spend more time working out how to avoid shopping than I spend actually shopping - but I can at least see how it makes sense that it is a thing that exists immediately following Thanksgiving. I'm not quite sure how it makes any sense in Britain, though. Is it the special 'last Friday in November sale day'? I guess it's something like the retailers worrying about being undercut by Amazon, which cuts prices for Black Friday anyway.
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