Canada and cold weather

Good morning, afternoon evening, 

something about Canada. 

1. Why do people in Canada go on vacation in January instead of August the way we do? 

2. When is the first snowfall? 

3. What is "ice time" for Canadian people who like hockey? 

4. What's the range in temperature in winter time? 

5. Related to cars, what's an electrical outlet for? 

6. Do we need to use remote car starters? What are they for? 

7. What do you think of the shopping mall Stefanie Guillard mention in her interview? 

8. Any other American English words you know in addition to the ones in the article about Canada? 


 Enjoy your English

Anna - Coordinator

Source: Speak Up, November 2014 


0 #5 caterina 2015-01-09 12:33
I went to Canada some years ago in August when temperature was very warm. I visited the underground city of Montreal . It is really very big , you can find every things you need . Ther'are banks, post offices, insurance agencies, restaurants , cinemas cafè and ther'is a good temperature in winter as in summer when outdoor is very hot. You can find also medical centers and chemist's shops.
Walking through the mall you forget to be in a closed area, you can find also green zone, so at the end, you will miss only cars!!
0 #4 Fabio Barsotti 2014-12-19 12:58
1. In most of Canada the temperature in winter is very cold. January is the coldest month of the year, and sometimes the temperature falls to -30°C! So people usually go on holiday in January, instead of August, like Italians do. The Canadians go abroad searching lovely and warm destinations.
2. The first snowfall is in November.
3. In “ice time” the Canadians play ice hockey, sometimes as early as 5 a.m.
4. In winter time the range is between -10°C to -30°C.
0 #3 Fabio Barsotti 2014-12-19 12:56
5. In winter time, Canadian people use electrical outlets for keeping the cars’ engine warm overnight, so that it doesn’t freeze.
6. The remote car starter is used to start one’s car from distance, so the driver’s seat is warm when you get into. Usually we don’t need it. It isn’t a common car accessory.
7. The West Edmonton Mall is one of the biggest shopping mall of the world. It is like a small city, with shops, restaurants, cinemas and other entertainments. I like it, but I prefer walking outdoors.
8. Sincerely I don’t know. I can’t appreciate the difference between English and American English words.
0 #2 Francesco Arrighi 2014-12-10 13:51
5)The cars have the electrical systems to warm the engine and protect it from low temperatures
6)Yes , we need to use remote car starter to warm the engine first to use the car. This remote system can to be started from home, for example, in the morning first to go out to work .
7)I think these shopping malls , with amusement parks , cinemas and others things, could be a magnific idea for our cities , above the winter period .A Livorno the shopping mall "Le Fonti del Corallo" even if it contains only shops, an ice cream shop and two bar is a hangout alternative to the central Via Ricasoli.
8)Honestly, a few others .... soccer and football, then, apartment and flat.
0 #1 Francesco Arrighi 2014-12-10 13:51
1)The Canadians go on vacation in January because it is the more coldest month. The people go on vacation to Mexico Florida and other hot countries.
2)The first snowfall is in November , in this period the Canadians are beginning to wear the winter clothes .
3)Canadians call it ice time, 5 a.m., when hockey fans start to play.
4)In November the temperature is about - 10 ° C, in December -20° C, and in January, the more coldest month, can reach -30 °C .

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