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I have some questions about Canada, I hope our venerable teacher Tara or other people knowing Canada will be able to help me.
I won't ask them all in that post, but my main misgiving today is how to properly greet someone?
I've been in different countries and the greeting gestures, rituals as well as languages are rather different. For example in France, in most of the cases, two men perform a handshake, two females or a male and a female would air-kiss, which consists in touching each other by cheek to cheek and making the kissing noise, then alternating the cheeks, two to four times; the lips don't actually touch the cheek. It's very usual to cheek kiss with your friends, coworkers, your boss or even complete strangers, but of course you won't kiss the post office employee when you're in the line...It may still happen in villages though. The same ritual is applied when you leave.
When I was still in school, I remember every morning all the classmates had to greet each others, it took at least half an hour to greet everyone...
In China, cheek kissing someone is absolutely inconceivable, men may perform a handshake the first time they meet but in other cases there's no physical contact, nevertheless there are very complicated ways to address distinct people and you MUST do it, It differs from province to province and even from town to town.Maybe I'll write something about this matter, I'm sure it will drive you nuts...
I'm not really sure how to greet someone in Canada, I guess it may be very similar to the USA, except in Quebec, perhaps?? I can see that in American soaps people frequently hug each other, I would feel very awkward to hug strangers or even friends....pretty female friends? :-)
Another thing I've heard from a stand-up comedy by Jim Carrey who is Canadian is that Canadian don't say" Hi" but "Hey" and tend to overuse that word, putting "hey" at the end of the sentences...I'm not sure if he was exaggerating to make the caricature more vivid or if Canadians really speak that way. If it's the case, I'll have to train myself finishing all my sentences with a "Hey"!
Thank you for reading me , I'm waiting for your help, have fun hey!
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