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Canada and France: Cultural Differences

Canada and France: Cultural Differences
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Canada and France Many Differences?

Here at LingoStar, we love to discover new cultures around the world. Here are a few cultural differences ,conserning the language they speak, the food they like and the sport they play or watch, between France and Canada.

Differences in Languages


The two main languages spoken in Canada are English and Canadian French. English is by far the most spoken language in Canada with 58% of the Canadians speaking English and only 22% speaking French. Canadian French is a variation of the French that is spoken in France, originating from the 18th century. In France, French is the official language and many people know some English but less are fluent.

Differences in Food


Canada has a large variety of dishes from East to West. Most of them are based on meat, cheese, and potatoes. One of the most famous dishes in Canada and especially in Quebec is poutine, a delicious meal composed of French fries, gravy and cheese curds. BC salmon, Alberta beef and bacon are also very much appreciated in Canada. Coincidentally, meat, cheese and potatoes are also much appreciated in French cuisine. For example, Raclette and Tartiflette are typical French dishes composed of potatoes, meat and cheese. For sweets, Canada is famous for its maple syrup and beavertails. In France, pastries and baked goods are also very typical with the classic baguette and croissant. The chocolate croissant is called pain au chocolat in French.

Differences in Sport


The national sport in Canada is ice hockey. Most American sports, like football and basketball, are also represented in Canada. The National Hockey League (NHL) is composed of 30 teams: 23 in USA and 7 in Canada. It is played with sticks and a puck and two teams of 6 players each. A game runs 3 periods of 20 minutes each. In France, hockey is not as popular as it is in Canada; soccer and rugby are more appreciated and are the national sports.

Not That Many Differences

These two countries have their cultural differences but are similar on multiple points like food for example or a part of the language. Due to Canada’s welcoming tradition, many French citizens come here to travel, work or visit. Canada’s unique mix of French history and American culture make it attractive to visitors from France and beyond.


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