What's the difference between Canadians' & Americans' ?


kiwi_NZ
#1
I'm a Kiwi aka New Zealander and I'm not familiar with either culture or country as most Kiwis' are not.

We had an American guy here whom my friend assumed was Canadian and she asked what part of Canada was he from and he made it very clear that Americans' and Canadians' are nothing alike and he was insulted.

Are Canadians and American's vastly different as people? Are the two cultures also vastly different?

I haven't met many Canadians' or Americans' in person but I must confess the Canadians that I have met in comparison to Americans have been a little more friendly and hospitable but that has been my own personal opinion.

So as a Kiwi / New Zealander who knows no different, please tell me what differs between the two people/s and their countries...
 
Ron in Regina
#2
The biggest difference is the 49th Parallel, being an imaginary line
drawn on maps....If you stood an American & a Canadian shoulder
to shoulder, chances are you couldn't tell us apart.
 
Scott Free
#3
***** size - Canadians are larger.

Which is why we don't need to overcompensate with a huge army and dreams of empire.
 
kiwi_NZ
#4
Quote: Originally Posted by Scott FreeView Post

***** size - Canadians are larger.

LMAO! I thought that was only in Texas!
 
dumpthemonarchy
#5
One standard difference between people is their accent. When Cdns and Ams travel to each other's country it can be difficult if not impossible to notice an accent. Where I work there is an American teacher and he likes to say he is from California, but I don't know where most of the other teachers are from.

You don't hear of Cdns getting culture shock traveling to the US. Or vice-versa. I got culture shock traveling to England and Ireland. Now they are very different countries.
 
kiwi_NZ
#6
Quote: Originally Posted by Ron in ReginaView Post

The biggest difference is the 49th Parallel, being an imaginary line
drawn on maps....If you stood an American & a Canadian shoulder
to shoulder, chances are you couldn't tell us apart.

You're right Ron, I as a Kiwi wouldn't be able to tell you apart but could you as a Canadian?
So a 49th parallel is an imaginary line?
 
Ron in Regina
#7
Quote: Originally Posted by Scott FreeView Post

***** size - Canadians are larger.

Which is why we don't need to overcompensate with a huge army and dreams of empire.

Quote: Originally Posted by kiwi_NZView Post

LMAO! I thought that was only in Texas!

Canadian ***** size is Larger when Canadians are in Texas too?
 
kiwi_NZ
#8
Quote: Originally Posted by dumpthemonarchyView Post

One standard difference between people is their accent. When Cdns and Ams travel to each other's country it can be difficult if not impossible to notice an accent. Where I work there is an American teacher and he likes to say he is from California, but I don't know where most of the other teachers are from.

You don't hear of Cdns getting culture shock traveling to the US. Or vice-versa. I got culture shock traveling to England and Ireland. Now they are very different countries.


I can understand you probably get a culture shock as such in comparison to visiting NZ, England, OZ and the like. So the cultures are very similar then...
 
Scott Free
#9
Quote: Originally Posted by kiwi_NZView Post

So a 49th parallel is an imaginary line?

Not really.

In our early histories Canada attracted loyalists. This has created a big difference in ideologies and political views. Lately those have been being erroded by conservative elements using US American style political tactics and huge amounts of US propaganda coming to Canada via TV.
 
lone wolf
#10
Quote: Originally Posted by kiwi_NZView Post

So a 49th parallel is an imaginary line?

Yes ... because I live at 46 and a half ... and I'm still in Canada
 
kiwi_NZ
#11
Quote: Originally Posted by Ron in ReginaView Post




Canadian ***** size is Larger when Canadians are in Texas too?

Quit witty response! Well said, gonna bring my hubby to Texas, then to Canada! (lol) J O K I N G! He's 6.4" and 160kgs, he's a BIG LAD!
 
Ron in Regina
#12
Quote: Originally Posted by kiwi_NZView Post

You're right Ron, I as a Kiwi wouldn't be able to tell you apart but could you as a Canadian?
So a 49th parallel is an imaginary line?



I live in Saskatchewan and can hear the accent from someone in North Dakota.
Someone from Ontario (I doubt very much) could hear that accent at all.

Someone from Ontario might be able to recognize an accent from Michigan,
but Myself from Western Canada probably couldn't tell which one of the two
was the Canadian or the American.

I sound more like the Americans south of me, than I do with the Canadians
a thousand kilometers east or west of me.....and I would venture that holds
true for much of Canada.....until you get VERY far south or north.

Without a Map or some other navigational aid, could you (or anyone else)
easily find the 49th Parallel, or any other one???
 
Cannuck
#13
I find the differences in North America are more east/west than they are north/south. I think people from Alberta are more like those from Montana or Idaho than they are like people from Ontario....not that there is a great difference between Ontario and Alberta.

I've lived all over the country and the west seems more receptive to new ideas whereas the east is more willing to accept the status quo.
 
DurkaDurka
#14
Quote: Originally Posted by CannuckView Post

I've lived all over the country and the west seems more receptive to new ideas whereas the east is more willing to accept the status quo.

Brokeback Mountain for example.
 
kiwi_NZ
#15
Quote: Originally Posted by DurkaDurkaView Post

Brokeback Mountain for example.

LOL... I haven't seen that movie yet, though I do have it sitting on the shelf to watch one day. Is it an American or Canadian film?
 
Cannuck
#16
Quote: Originally Posted by DurkaDurkaView Post

Brokeback Mountain for example.

Gay sex is like eating spinach. If you are forced to do it as a kid you develop a distaste for it as an adult.
 
kiwi_NZ
#17
Quote: Originally Posted by CannuckView Post

Gay sex is like eating spinach. If you are forced to do it as a kid you develop a distaste for it as an adult.


Three guys go to see a witch doctor about their problems.

One has a smoking problem, one is an alcoholic and one is gay but wants to change.

The witch doctor puts a curse on them that if any of them indulge in their habits again they will die. Two days later the alcoholic dies because he gave in and had to drink.

The next day the gay guy and the smoker are walking down the street together. The smoker sees a cigarette lying on the ground and stops to stare at it.

The gay guy looked at him and said "if you bend over and pick that up we are both f**ked"
 
karrie
#18
Kiwi, I've lived in Canada all my life, and I can't pick Americans out of the crowd here unless they have a distinctive regional accent, and not everyone does. We are very similar in all the ways that show outwardly on a day to day basis. Unless he was making sure to wear a US lapel pin, wear his shoes in the house, declare his love of the death penalty, and say how proud he is that his country doesn't have a queen, on a day to day basis, I don't see why you'd be able to pinpoint his country, let alone why he'd be offended that you mistook it.
 
pegger
#19
Canadians have better beer. Otherwise, we're pretty much the same.
 
karrie
#20
 
kiwi_NZ
#21
Quote: Originally Posted by karrieView Post


rotflmao!
 
SirJosephPorter
#22
Quote: Originally Posted by Scott FreeView Post

***** size - Canadians are larger.

Which is why we don't need to overcompensate with a huge army and dreams of empire.


Really Scot Free? Then I suppose you will be interested in the following joke.

A man was visiting his friend, who owned a condom factory. He was showing him around. He showed him a package of condoms.

“This is a package of six, we call it American package.”

“American package? Why?

Americans use one condom a day. On Sunday they rest, Americans are religious. Now here, this is a package of nine, that is the French package.”

“Why French?”

“One for each of the weekdays, two for Saturday and two for Sunday. Now this one, it contains twelve condoms, that is the Canadian package.”

The guy was impressed.

“The Canadian package? Wow, Canadians must really be into sex.”

“Oh, absolutely. One for January, one for February and so on.”
 
SirJosephPorter
#23
Kiwi, what the posters have said so far is for the most part correct. Outwardly there is very little difference between Americans and Canadians. We look alike; we pretty much enjoy the same foods. Canadians may be a bit more into hockey, Americans a bit more into football. But other than that, there is no significant difference.

However, there is a profound difference in outlook. Canadians have been members of the Commonwealth, subjects of the monarch for a long time now. Canadians are more respectful of authority than Americans are.

There is a standing joke. How do you get 50 Canadians out of a swimming pool? You say to them ‘OK guys, everybody out of the pool’. Canadians respect authority, institutions such as parliament, courts etc. much more than Americans do.

Canadians are not subject to the kind of Bible thumping patriotism that sells so well in USA. Religious right, while very strong in USA (they have almost taken over the Republican Party) are fairly weak in Canada (they are one of the many interest groups that make up the Conservative Party).

In general, Canadians are much more liberal than Americans. In most of the issues such as abortion, death penalty, gun control, gay rights etc. Canadians are very liberal, tolerant; Americans tend to be much more conservative.

Indeed, I have said it many times, if Obama were to run in Canada, he would have to run as the leader of the Conservative party, and I wouldn’t vote for him. He is too conservative for my taste.

So superficially there are very few differences. However, if you look deeper, you will find profound differences.
 
SirJosephPorter
#24
Kiwi, I think the same holds true for Australia and New Zealand. My impression is that New Zealand is a more liberal, more tolerant country than Australia. I think New Zealand was the first country in the world to give women the vote.

Am I right in my impression?
 
Nuggler
#25
Quote: Originally Posted by Scott FreeView Post

***** size - Canadians are larger.

Which is why we don't need to overcompensate with a huge army and dreams of empire.


The reference to us being big pricks is not metaphorical.
 
Nuggler
#26
[quote=Ron in Regina;1105935]
I live in Saskatchewan and can hear the accent from someone in North Dakota.
Someone from Ontario (I doubt very much) could hear that accent at all.

Someone from Ontario might be able to recognize an accent from Michigan,
but Myself from Western Canada probably couldn't tell which one of the two
was the Canadian or the American.

I sound more like the Americans south of me, than I do with the Canadians
a thousand kilometers east or west of me.....and I would venture that holds
true for much of Canada.....until you get VERY far south or north.


Say what !!! Remember the movie "Fargo"..........Egads, if one couldn't tell a North Dakota accent, it would immediately classify them as American. From Bawston, New Yawk, Misha-GAN; they stand out like sore thingys. Californy, dunno.

Methinks suicide would be contemplated, if I sounded like a North Dakotan. Yetch!!!
 
Colpy
#27
Quote: Originally Posted by Scott FreeView Post

Not really.

In our early histories Canada attracted loyalists. This has created a big difference in ideologies and political views. Lately those have been being erroded by conservative elements using US American style political tactics and huge amounts of US propaganda coming to Canada via TV.

Actually, this is exactly the opposite of the truth.........there was very little, if any, difference in political ideals between the loyalist and the American supporter of Independence, aside from the obvious.........it took many many Americans a long time to pick sides.....and they did so for a number of reasons, idealism being close to the bottom of that list.

Indeed, the Loyalists brought American ideas into Canada.........the Loyalist heritage is an American one, the Loyalist brought American ideas north.....and those American ideas were definitely NOT the conservative ideas of the day......

If you want to see the Loyalist legacy in Canada, take a close look at me Loyalist on both sides of the family........
 
Nuggler
#28
Colpy:"
If you want to see the Loyalist legacy in Canada, take a close look at me Loyalist on both sides of the family........""


Yet another tratorist Yankee wetback unearthed.

"tratorist'........??? tratoristic.......?? google won't help.

 
Colpy
#29
Quote: Originally Posted by nugglerView Post

colpy:"
if you want to see the loyalist legacy in canada, take a close look at me Loyalist on both sides of the family........""


yet another tratorist yankee wetback unearthed.

"tratorist'........??? Tratoristic.......?? Google won't help.

rotflmao!!!!
 
Cannuck
#30
Leave it to Joey to make this into a political thread.

Don't listen to him kiwi_NZ. The only way you could tell an American from a Canadian is by their accent....and the fact that they are stupid and ugly.
 

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