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Coffee Hour: Canada

Author: Tsukuba Information Center, Issue: January 2003, Topic: Coffee Hour

Salut la Compagnie! Hi everyone!
Do you speak Francais? Parlez-vous English?

Where is the home of the Moose, the Beaver, and the Loon? No, not the zoo. Poutine? No, not the president of Russia. Pogey, the deke, and the toque (pronounced tuke)? Jim Carey? No, not Hollywood. Bilingualism and multiculturalism? No, not viruses, although difficult for people to understand, explain, and accept at times. Hockey (Ice hockey of course!)? Celine Dion? No, not Las Vegas. Are we getting warmer? The Maple Leaf? Maple Syrup, le Carnaval de Quebec, Niagara Falls, the Great Lakes, and Montreal Smoked Meat? The First word of the National anthem is "O", eh? Are we there yet?

Canada is the place! Ah yes, a very popular country with Japanese tourists, but is Canada only Vancouver, Banff, Anne of Green Gables and Northern Lights? Is Canada just a vast expanse of snow and ice? What's a Canadian? What's the "Quiet Revolution"? Is there rice in Canada? How about tofu and shoyu? Let's discover some of Canada's uniqueness and similarities, and have a laugh with a two-plus-year resident of Tsukuba originally from Montreal, this month's guest: Mr. Cyrille Vandoorne (but please call him Van). Van is an English teacher, and a coordinator of International Relations with a neighbouring Ibaraki municipality.

Date/Time: January 22 (Wed.) 14:00-16:00
Guest: Mr. Cyrille Vandoorne (Canada)
Place: Tsukuba Information Center

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