Canadian English: Quirky, eh? Introduction

How to get familiar with the language that Canadians really use day-to-day? In this series "Canadian English: Quirky, eh?", we take listeners on a romp across Canada making small talk, recognizing signature foods, and navigating head-scratching grammar rules and colloquial expressions. We’ll have you sounding like a Canadian in no time!

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Canadian English: Quirky, eh?

Hello! Bonjour! Oi! Thanks for tuning in to waveplus.ca podcasts. We are part of Brazilian Wave Canada an almost 20-year strong trilingual publication dedicated to All Thing Brazilian, All Things Canadian, and all points in between, in Portuguese, English, and French. Our key product is information about Canada: where to live, where to learn, how to fit in, how to thrive, and how to harmonize with those in the great white north.

So whether you are a first-time visitor or a loyal subscriber, welcome! Wherever in the world you happen to be, we are delighted that you have chosen to share your day with us.

Our long-time readers and listeners consider our publication to be part info-tainment, part edu-tainment. We have a significant audience among ESL students: that’s English as a Second Language. Anyone thinking about coming to Canada to study or to live needs to first equip themselves with the basics of textbook English. Then they need to get familiar with the language people really use!

With this in mind, we’ve developed a new podcast series. It will take listeners on a romp across Canada exploring the many facets of our culture that make us unique and the intricacies of our language that can make them crazy!

The series is called: Canadian English: Quirky, eh?

Over the series of 10 episodes we will take a tongue-in-cheek look at making small talk, recognizing signature foods, and navigating head-scratching grammar rules and colloquial expressions. We will zero in on Canadian personalities, home-grown music, cultural traditions and generally try to help separating the facts from the fiction.

We all know that English is a challenging language to master. Our goal with this podcast series Is to share some of the words, expressions and idiosyncrasies we have ourselves encountered while learning or teaching ESL. By the way “Idiosyncrasy” is a big word that also means habits or quirks.

While many of our subscribers are English language learners, many again are ESL teachers. If you’re using this podcast to complement ESL lessons, you will find the recordings and a variety of support materials and glossaries related to these podcasts at www.waveplus.ca after the end of each episode.

This project was made possible through the generous support of the Canada Periodical Fund. We are grateful to this organization for recognizing the value of our publication in advancing multicultural understanding and appreciation. We are also grateful to the talented and dedicated individuals at the heart of the Wave team who are responsible for the success of this project.

So stay tuned… and enjoy each one of our 10 episodes. And don’t forget your give us your “LIKE” and to share this podcast with friends and family. I’m sure they’ll find it interesting and fun.

Catch you later!

Adieu!

Tchau!

Stay healthy!

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Podcast – Canadian English: Quirky, eh?

Produced by BRZ Group Inc., Canada, 2021

  • Director: Christian Pedersen
  • Production Coordinator: Ana Carolina Botelho
  • Scriptwriter: Lauri Richardson
  • Voices: Eric Major and Lauri Richardson
  • Vignettes: Robson DJ Estudio 
  • Website Production & Marketing: Creative Team
  • Project Management: Teresa Botelho