Canada is super multicultural, and where an abundance of nationalities mingle and an even higher variety of languages are spoken. The official languages are English and French, however, there are also 70 indigenous tongues spoken all across the country. No matter what form of communication one uses in Canada though, it's impossible not to notice the infectious slang words and unusual, sometimes hilarious phrases that the local folk use so effortlessly in everyday chit chat.

To understand what's going on during a visit to Canada and to avoid being bamboozled by the local lingo, having learned these following Canadian words and phrases might just save the day when trying to fathom what on earth these people are talking about. Whether you're just a few "klicks" from enjoying a "Timbit" at "Timmies", or a couple of "loonies" short of a beer to add to your "Molson muscle", be sure to memorize these vital words and phrases for any future Canadian adventure.

11 Eh?

Pronounced “ay", this is one of the most Canadian words out there used every single day - much to foreigners' amusement and confusion. This little word - that's more of a sound than a word - is a vernacular to suggest that something has not been understood, that the speaker wants a response, or that the speaker can't believe something is true.

The meaning and usage are very similar to the US and UK English terms "what?" "right?" "huh" and "isn't it?" To use the word correctly, one can make a statement, such as "that moose is huge!" and by adding "eh" to the end, it's turned into a question - to which the responder might say "it sure is!"

10 Molson Muscle

Folks with guts stand tall and proud, tuck in that tight T-shirt, and show off that glorious bloated stomach, for this one is for the beer lovers whose bellies have cost them a small fortune to grow over the years. A "Molson muscle" is what the Canadians call a beer belly, which is named after "Molson" - a Canadian brand of beer. The slang term's earliest documented use dates back to the 1980s when the Toronto Star appeared to have coined it first.

9 Loonies And Toonies

Visitors who go shopping or wining and dining will likely come across this slang term very quickly. A "loonie" is the term for a Canadian one-dollar coin named after the loon - a common bird in Canada that typically spends a lot of time in the water. This species of bird is displayed on the coin, which is where its slangy name comes from. But what's a "toonie"?Well, when Canada introduced the two-dollar coin in the 90s, the new nickname "toonie" was born, which became so through a genius combination of the words "two" and "loonie".

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8 Timmies

Tim Hortons is a famous coffee and donut chain popular all across Canada, and most Canadians refer to it as "Timmies" or "Tims". Classic orders at Timmies include a “double-double” - a coffee with two creams and two sugars, and a "Timbit", which is an order of bite-sized morsels the chain's traditional donuts that come in a variety of tasty flavors.

7 What You Sayin’?

Much to non-Canadians' confusion, this term can be bizarrely misleading. Similar to the phrases "what are you doing?" and "what are you up to?" the term is used to ask someone what they're doing or what's going on. If someone asks "what you sayin' this afternoon?" one could reply with "not much, just gonna head to Timmies for a double-double and Timbit."

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6 Klicks

A comedic Canadian unit of measurement, a "klick" is used to unofficially state distance in kilometers. For example, if a local says "it's 800 klicks from Toronto to Quebec", then they're stating the distance in kilometers. Interestingly, the word comes from an old military term for a kilometer that was once commonly used by US soldiers in the Vietnam War. It didn't really catch on in the US, however, Canadians loved it and consequently adopted it into their language.

5 Give’er

"Give'er" is a wholesome slang verb that translates to "give it your all" when nothing seems to be going right. It can be used as an empowering term to cheer someone up when all has failed and to motivate them into getting up, dusting themselves off, and giving it their best. It can be used in any context, such as sports, work, drinking, hard times, or in any activity or time that requires a person to pull their bootstraps up, buckle down, and get whatever it is that needs to be done, done.

4 Pop And Soft Drinks

Ordering drinks can be confusing for non-Canadians, especially those who're from the US. In the neighboring USA, a "coke" is an umbrella term under which many different carbonated drinks are classed. However, ask for a "coke" in Canada, and that's exactly what you'll get - a Coca-Cola. Visitors craving a carbonated drink should ask for "pop" instead, which is the blanket word for "coke" or "soda" that the majority of Canadians use outside of Quebec, whilst English-speaking Quebecois Canadians normally like the term "soft drink".

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3 Canuck

"Canuck" can be heard all over the country, but even more so when Canadian sports teams are playing on television as the crowd cheers proudly. It's a slang word that means "Canadian" - as in a Canadian person. And it's not just used in daily speech; it's also used in the names of sporting teams, such as the famous Vancouver Canucks.

2 Toque

Anyone who visits Canada in the winter will probably come across this one. A "toque" is a knitted winter cap better known as a "beanie", "bobble hat", or "pom pom hat" by folks around the English-speaking world. Toque is the most common spelling of the word, but it can also be spelled "touque" or "tuque" as well.

1 Keener

Ending the list is quite a tame and a rather cute term coming from the word "keen" - meaning "enthusiastic" or used to describe someone who really likes something. "Keener" is a Canadian slang name applied to someone who is super positive or eager about something - be it sports for example, work, a particular hobby, or just life in general.

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