Can We Guess What Province You Live in Based on How You Speak?

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By: Ashley Linkletter

5 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Canada may have a small population for its size, but its vast geographical expanse has allowed for distinct regional differences in the way Canadians speak from sea to shining sea. Depending on where you live, accents can range from barely imperceptible to audibly obvious (and not necessarily because the accent is French or from the East Coast!) Canadians also have a tendency to use region-dependent words to describe everyday objects and places. For example, is a garbage-grinding appliance a garburator or a garbage disposal? Are you headed out to the convenience store or the corner store? Is it a toque or is it a tuque? While you may firmly believe your version is the correct version, there are millions of other Canadians who are just as convinced that their term or pronunciation is the only legitimate option.

Before you take this quiz try to clear your mind of any "right" or "wrong" vocabulary or way of speaking — the more honestly you can answer the questions the more accurate your results will be! You might even discover synonyms for words you didn't even realize had alternate phrases (and you may even finish these questions with a greater understanding of how your fellow Canadian citizens choose to express themselves!) 

When someone says "thank you," how do you respond?

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How do you pronounce the word "radiator"?

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You've finally finished your exams and now it's time to look at the results — what are you going to check?

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You're really excited about the upcoming long weekend in May. Which holiday will you be celebrating?

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Brr! It's cold out so you'll need to put on an extra layer of clothing. What are you going to wear?

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How many syllables does the word "caramel" have?

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You need to get a new pair of shoes for running — what are you looking for?

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It's time to sell your old couch on Craiglist. What will you list it as?

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You and your friends are making a late night run to grab some candy. Where are you going?

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You're having a really bad day and it shows (unfortunately.) Which word would you use to describe your mood?

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Although you sometimes eat with your hands, most of the time you use a knife and fork. What name do you give a collective group of these instruments used for eating?

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Which of the following pronunciations of "decal" is correct?

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Spring cleaning time is here, which means you'll need to clear the dead leaves from the roof. What will you be clearing out, specifically?

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Let's settle this once and for all: what is the name of the kitchen appliance used for grinding up garbage in the sink?

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Whether your bill for electricity comes monthly or bimonthly, you'll probably call it something different, depending on where you live in Canada. What do you refer to this bill as?

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This popular game is played in gym classes all across the country using a soccer ball and a baseball diamond. What is the name of the game?

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You're at a restaurant and want to order a non-alcoholic carbonated beverage. What are you going to ask for?

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Is the final "t" in the name Toronto pronounced or is it silent?

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Depending on where you live in Canada, real estate can be exorbitantly expensive. Where should you live if you're looking to save some money?

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Someone who always sucks up to the teacher is called a what?

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When you and your friends are talking about the city of Toronto, what do you call it?

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How do you refer to your significant other?

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When you hear the word "cod" what's the first thing that comes to mind?

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French fries and gravy are one of the best contributions Canada has made to the global culinary scene. What's the name of this delicious meal?

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Your boss sends you on a coffee run — and asks you to pick up donuts for the whole office. Where are you going?

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This type of knit cap is both functional and fashionable — what is it called?

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You're colouring in a map of Canada, what are you using to get the job done?

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After making a delicious chocolate cake, you've decided to make some equally delicious icing! To do this, you'll need which type of sugar?

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Ah! It's time for a much-needed vacation — where are you going?

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Has anyone ever told you that you have a strong Canadian accent?

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