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

By: Ashley Linkletter
Estimated Completion Time
4 min
Can We Guess What Province You Live in Based on How You Speak?
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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!) 

People talk When someone says "thank you," how do you respond?
No worries!
You're welcome
De rien
My pleasure

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Cat on Radiator How do you pronounce the word "radiator"?
RAD-ee-AH-teur
RAID-ee-AY-tor
RAD-iator
RAID-ee-ay-tur

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Taking test You've finally finished your exams and now it's time to look at the results — what are you going to check?
My questions
My exam results
My grades
My marks

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Celebrate You're really excited about the upcoming long weekend in May. Which holiday will you be celebrating?
Queen Victoria Day
May 2-4
National Patriots Day
Victoria Day

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

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Caramel How many syllables does the word "caramel" have?
Three?
Definitely three
It depends who you ask, but I'd say three
Two (obviously)

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Running sneakers You need to get a new pair of shoes for running — what are you looking for?
Sneakers
Tennis shoes
Running shoes
Runners

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Couch It's time to sell your old couch on Craiglist. What will you list it as?
Meuble
Chesterfield
Furniture
Sofa

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Gummy Bears You and your friends are making a late night run to grab some candy. Where are you going?
Corner store
Variety store
Dépanneur
Convenience store

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Woman crossed arms You're having a really bad day and it shows (unfortunately.) Which word would you use to describe your mood?
Crooked
Cranky
Bibittes
Rank

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Utensils 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?
Cutlery
Utensils
Coutellerie
Silverware

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Decal Which of the following pronunciations of "decal" is correct?
"DEE-cal"
"Deckle"
"DEH-cahl"
I call them stickers.

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Gutters 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?
The roof trough
The eavestrough
The rain gutter
La gouttière

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Kitchen Sink Let's settle this once and for all: what is the name of the kitchen appliance used for grinding up garbage in the sink?
Garburator
You mean a garburator?
You're talking about a garbage disposal, right?
Garbage disposal

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Electricity 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?
Hydro-Quebec bill
Hydro bill
Electricity bill
Light bill

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Soccer ball 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?
Kickball
Soccer baseball
Baseball soccer
I think it's called soccer baseball

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La Croix You're at a restaurant and want to order a non-alcoholic carbonated beverage. What are you going to ask for?
A pop
A soda
A soft drink
A Crush soda

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Toronto Is the final "t" in the name Toronto pronounced or is it silent?
It depends on the accent, but it's usually silent
Softly pronounced
Silent
Pronounced

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Condo 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?
A micro-condo
A studio
A bachelor apartment
A one-bedroom aparment

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Teacher Someone who always sucks up to the teacher is called a what?
Backscratcher
Fawner
Teacher's pet
Keener

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Toronto When you and your friends are talking about the city of Toronto, what do you call it?
Tronno
The 6ix
Toronto
The capital of Ontario

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Couple How do you refer to your significant other?
As my partner
As my boyfriend or girlfriend
As my common-law partner
As my main squeeze

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Smoked Cod When you hear the word "cod" what's the first thing that comes to mind?
Kissing
Fish
Delicious
The direct object

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Poutine 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?
Poo-teen
Poo-tehn
Pou-tin
Chips and gravy

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Donuts Your boss sends you on a coffee run — and asks you to pick up donuts for the whole office. Where are you going?
Starbucks for the coffee, a local bakery for the donuts
Tim Hortons
Tim Hortons, but I'll be ordering in French.
Timmies!

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Knit Cap This type of knit cap is both functional and fashionable — what is it called?
Beanie
Toque
Tuque
Stocking cap

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Canada Map You're colouring in a map of Canada, what are you using to get the job done?
Pencil crayons
Coloured pencils
Colouring pencils
Laurentian pencils

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Chocolate Cake 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?
Powdered sugar
Confectioners sugar
Icing sugar
Powder sugar

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Cabin Ah! It's time for a much-needed vacation — where are you going?
The cabin
The cottage
The chalet
The lodge

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Canadian wife Has anyone ever told you that you have a strong Canadian accent?
I've been told I have a strong French accent.
Yes, I've been told I sound like I'm from the midwest.
No
Yes, I've been mistaken for being Irish a couple of times.

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