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Some differences between Canada and Australia… March 27, 2007

Posted by April Ayres-Griffiths in australia, canada.
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Thought I’d do the obligatory cross-country comparison since I’ve now been in Canada for almost two months. Just some random observations really…

Language

Everything in Canada has two languages on it. It’s helping me recall my high school French though. Also, some other little differences:-

  • paddock = field
  • capsicum = peppers
  • mobile = cell phone
  • car boot = trunk
  • windscreen = windshield
  • manual = standard (referring to a car)
  • beanie = tuque (i think that name is cute – better than beanie anyway)

Currency

Well, in Australia the money is plastic literally being printed on acetate sheets while its paper here in Canada. Also, Why is the nickel ($0.05) bigger than the dime ($0.10)? Well, we are guilty of the same thing, with our $1 coin being larger than the $2 coin. Australia also does not have quarters ($0.25), yet we have the twenty cent piece, and of all things, the fifty cent piece.

Phone Charges

One of the things I noticed when I got here was that phone calls are billed to both parties. In Australia, the cost of the call is paid only by the person who initiates the call. I have a pay-as-you-go phone here and people calling me just wipes out my credit quickly. So if you have no credit left, you can’t answer calls or receive text messages! Well its certainly making me answer my phone less… 😉

Internet Charges

Wow internet in Australia really sucks. Even the most basic plans are capped and speed limited. The plans seem very generous here in comparison. For example, in Australia, about $50 will get an artificially speed limited connection (512k), with 12 Gigabytes of downloads. When you exceed the download quota, you get your speed artificially capped to around 64k. Heeello dial-up..

Anyway, that’s about all I can think of at the moment.

-April

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