While I was writing my post “FAQs from Friends and Family”, I couldn’t help thinking about the questions I get asked from the students I teach. I thought I would share some with you:
Are you American?
Do you like Americans?
Are you offended when someone calls you American?
Does McDonald’s (actually they pronounce it MAC- Donald’s) taste better in America?
Have you been to New York?
Students seem much more fascinated with “America” than Canada.
Do you know Drake?
After having been asked so many times, I looked him up and discovered that he is a Canadian actor and hip-hop artist (and, seemingly, the most famous Canadian celebrity among British youth).
Do you know Mr./Mrs.________ (Canadian teacher at their school)?
Do you have school in the winter in Canada?
Can you say something in “Canadian”?
Have you seen a polar bear?
Are you Janine from “East Enders”?
I have been asked this question several times now. “East Enders” is a popular television series here. I have never seen it, but apparently the students at my new school think that I am the actor that plays one of the characters on the show…despite the fact that she speaks with a British accent.
Were you on “One Tree Hill”?
After speaking with another Canadian supply teacher who has also been mistaken for an actor, I am guessing that they somehow equate our "American accents" with Hollywood.
The funniest comment:
After telling a Year 5 class that I am from Canada, I informed them that I was from the “capital of Canada” and asked if anyone knew what that was:
I find it hilarious how little most Londoners know about Canada. But if you think about it, I didn’t know a whole lot about England before I came here!