Classically Canadian Slang Words

Slang words are an important part of English Vocabulary.  Slang is probably the hardest aspect of English language to learn because it varies so much from country to country.  If you’re visiting Toronto, you might hear a variety of slang words that you’re probably unfamiliar with.  We’ve compiled a list of slang words that  are essential to Canadian jargon. 1. Eh?: Add “eh” to the end of your sentence as a friendly “right?”. 2. Double-double: Coffee with two creams and two sugars.  The staff at Tim Hortons will know what this one means, 3. Pop: “Pop” refers to soda drinks, like coke and pepsi. 4. Loonie (Toonie): A one dollar coin.  The loon on the face of the coin led to it being called a loonie.  The Canadian two dollar coin is of course, called a toonie.. 5. Queue: A line of people. 6. Poutine: A delicious Canadian dish, consisting with French fries, gravy, and curd cheese. 7. Washroom: Bathroom 8. Zed: The last letter of the alphabet (also known as “Zee”) 10. Toque: A knitted winter hat. 11. Van: Short for “Vancouver” (one of the most beautiful cities in Canada). Check out EC Toronto for Toronto Homestay Courses.            

Fall Activities in Toronto

Fall in Toronto While the weather is cooling down in Toronto, the fun certainly is not! Check out our list of top 10 things to do in Toronto this fall: 1. Curl up with your laptop (or a book) and a warm beverage at one of Toronto’s fabulous cafés. Here are some of our favourites: Dineen Coffee Co. http://dineencoffee.com/ Cool Hand of A Girl http://www.coolhandofagirl.com/ Sam James Coffee Bar http://samjamescoffeebar.com/#harbord 2. Pick apples and pumpkins:Here are a few of our top farm picks: Head over to one of our fabulous farms for apple and pumpkin-picking, hay rides and nature walks. Whittamore’s Farm http://www.whittamoresfarm.com/ Country Apple Orchard Farm http://www.countryapple.ca/ Pine Farms Orchard http://www.pinefarmsorchard.com/ 3. Take a train ride to see the fall colours A number of train routes through the province offer beautiful views year round, but the view becomes truly breathtaking when the trees turn shades of red, orange, and yellow. 4. Catch a film festival: Although TIFF is over, there are still a number of other film festivals happening in Toronto over the fall months, featuring films and shorts from around the world. Check out the following fall film fests: HotDocs https://www.hotdocs.ca/ Toronto Urban Film Festival http://torontourbanfilmfestival.com/ Planet in Focus http://planetinfocus.org/ Check out EC Toronto for ESL Courses in Toronto.