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Sh*t Americans Say to Canadians

I’m putting my stamp of approval on this video as an American!  You will not believe how little Americans know about Canada!





Okay so it’s brain dead Friday.  That means video time on How’s It Going Eh!!!!!  Like when parents are too exhausted to deal with their kids + they just pop in Cinderella or Cars into the DVD player.

I know this “Sh*t so+so Say…” series is played out, but I don’t care.  I’ve seen a couple other videos about sh*t Americans say about Canada, but this one gave me a hearty guffaw!

I mean, you should hear the things people would ask me about Jeff when we were first dating.

Q:  “What kind of food does he eat?”

Me: “Only moose + caribou.”

Q: “I hope your boyfriend’s okay I heard there was an earthquake in Canada!”

Me: “Ummmm, Canada is kind of big.  That’s like asking someone in California if they’re okay when there was an earthquake in New York!”

Q: “Does he have an accent?”

Me:  YES!!!

Haha, take it easy Canucks!  I know you are going to say, “Hey!!!  YOU guys are the ones with accents!!!!”.  Simmer down, simmer down.  And by the way, some Canucks get angry + say, “Not all of us say ‘aboot’!!!!”.  Sorry to break it to you guys but every Canadian I’ve ever met pronounces it “aboot”.  Americans say “abOWt”.Canadian CSI












And I like to list off the different provinces to Americans.  Their minds get blown.  Though I must confess, I didn’t know much about Canadian geography myself!  Heck what am I talking about?  I can barely list off all 50 of the American states – but don’t ask my five year old self, I’d knock all of them off in no time!Canadian Provinces Map













One time I was on a flight sitting next to a Canadian.  We exchanged stories + he told me friends from America were coming to visit + the wife asked him if they sold diapers where he lived.  OMG.

Hope y’all have a great weekend!!!!

23 Comments Post a comment
  1. “Are we taking your Zamboni to the hockey game?”

    When I used to work for a customs broker, we had an office at the border between Sweetgrass/Coutts, and Americans would show up at the border crossing in the summer with skis, expecting to cross over and find snow on the ground. Ha… 🙂

    Have you seen Rick Mercer’s ‘Talking to Americans’ series?

    Some of it’s kind of unfair to the poor people, but oh my gosh…

    May 31, 2013
    • I have those Rick Mercer clips saved to watch later! What’s a Zamboni??? And seriously I can’t believe that’s a real thing with Americans trying to bring their skis across the border during summer!!!!!!!

      May 31, 2013
      • That’s what the girl in the office there told me! She could have been teasing me I suppose… 🙂

        I didn’t watch this whole thing but it should introduce you to Zamboni culture…

        May 31, 2013
      • Thanks for all the videos, Michelle! Congratulations Canada on getting FM radio! So hilarious! And of course I didn’t know what a Zamboni was – such a Los Angeles question! This is why you’re my associate professor of Canuck studies!

        May 31, 2013
      • Do associate professors get tenure?! 🙂

        My brother drives a Zamboni – I think it’s probably his favourite part of his job. Just watching the video makes me want to go skating and smell the Zamboni chemicals. If you’re ever here in the winter, we’ll go skating at the Plaza or the Oval!

        June 1, 2013
      • Zamboni chemicals?!?!?! All so foreign to me!!!

        June 1, 2013
  2. Ah, the Canadian accent. It’s mild in comparison to the American accent, but we have a spectrum from west to east, lighter in the west and freaky heavy once you get to Newfoundland. Newfies have a completely different language too. 🙂 I guess having lived in many places while I was young made my accent pretty neutral. In all honesty, I’ve never heard aboot. Cdns scratch their heads when people don’t know what Zambonis are. We cock our heads to one side, scrunch up our noses, and say, “you don’t know what a zamboni is?! Scoff” Sad, but true.

    June 1, 2013
    • Yeah I didn’t know what a Zamboni was!!! And I guess it’s not technically “aboot” – that’s exaggerated, but it definitely isn’t “abowt”!

      June 1, 2013
  3. Thank you for starting my day off with a smile and belly laugh!! 🙂

    June 1, 2013
    • Haha!!! Thanks!!! What a great way to start the day!!!

      June 1, 2013
      • Yeah, while I was gardening with a friend today, I was telling her stories and we laughed! Thank you so much! 🙂

        June 1, 2013
  4. kenneth Papi~Dads nishino #

    HOLLA HOLLA, how goes it, Nan, glad U still
    have a sense of humor, hehe…LOL, hey we
    have 2 call U this weekend, long time, Mum,
    is good , Ash, is good, were all doing well, ok
    talk soon, Ok, best 2 Jeffrey, Luv U, DAD’s

    June 1, 2013
  5. Awesome…we have a Canadian staying with us at the moment. I’m gonna ask him some of the pertinent and thoughtful questions seen on this blog 🙂 Ahahahahahahaha.

    June 3, 2013
    • Yes!!! Do some recon for me!!! I’m curious! He’ll be like, “We don’t say aboot!!!!!!”.

      June 3, 2013
  6. Alan Froshaug #

    Love your Blog!

    I have never heard anyone in Saskatchewan say “aboot”. It is always about. As my Father was from North Dakota, I say alot of strange things to Canadians like: ruff, crick, aunt and worsh., As “I was up on the ruf and got my hands dirty so my Aunt told me to go down to the crick to worsh them off”. My Father said it was Minnesota talk, It is strange that Americans say aunt like the British but Canadians say it like “ant”.

    June 5, 2013
    • Thanks for reading!!! Yeah Canucks also say “choked” for mad. It’s really funny. Like, “I was real choked when they ran out of Timbits!”.

      June 5, 2013
  7. Alan Froshaug #

    How about “dude”? Have you heard this recently. I thought that this was kind of maybe 1980’s, but the other day the kid in the grocery store said “like we don’t have anymore bags dude.” I didn’t know how to react. I felt that it was kind of disrespectful. Is this the way young people talk to their elders or anyone else?

    I grew up in the 70″s where we didn’t trust anyone over 30 let alone tallk to them. Where have all the Hippies and or flowers gone?

    June 5, 2013
    • Growing up in Southern California I heard “dude” multiple multiple multiple times a day. But no, most kids have no boundaries or respect towards their elders. But, that is at the fault of the parents in my opinion!

      June 5, 2013
  8. “DO you know Bob? He lives in Canada”

    June 10, 2013
  9. Michael Knox #

    Explain what Americans or you for that matter know about “Canadian Bacon” as it is called in the USA. No not the movie..
    It’s a bone of contention with me. It’s a good opportunity for you to do a little research.. 🙂

    June 20, 2013
    • Yes, in Canada they call it “back bacon” right? When I first moved to Canada I was like, “What’s back bacon??? Never heard of it!!!”.

      June 20, 2013

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