How To Speak Canadian [The Full List]

Amrit
Amrit
Feb 9, 2018 · 2 min read

A couple months ago, I moved to Toronto, Canada. Even though I speak English fluently and lived in the States for more than a decade, I found myself struggling to pronounce many “Canadian” words. 🇨🇦

For example: Toronto‘s “Times Square” is the Yonge-Dundas Square. Yonge? Is that Yonjee or Yongay? Neither, it’s Young.

Also, Queens Quay, Quayside and Quay West are streets and neighbohoods in Toronto — but how do you say Quay? Apparently it’s just Key.

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Here’s the full list of words and how they’re pronounced:

Toronto — Tron-OH
Quay — Key
Bloor — Blue-er
Strachan — STRAW-n (‘cha’ are silent)
Wellesley — WELLZ-li
Trethewey -TREH-thoo-wee
Yonge — Young
Euclid — YOU-clid
Dupont — Doo-pont
Geoffrey — Jeffery
Tecumseth — Tek-CUM-see
Etobicoke — Eetoe-Bee-Ko
Grosvenor — GROVE-ner
Roncesvalles — Ron-SEZ-vale or “Roncey”
Eglinton — Eg-lin-ton
Sherbourne — Sher-burn
Vaughan — Von
Glencairn — Glen-kar-n
Dufferin — Duff-er-in
Shuter — Shooter
Spadina — Spa-DIE-nah
Gloucester — GLOSH-ter
Adelaide — Ad-a-laid
Ossington — OZ-ing-ton
Dundas — Done-dass
Mississauga — Mrs. Saw-ga
Glencairn — Glen-care-n
Osgoode — OZ-good
Sheppard = shepherd
Wroxeter = rock-sitter
Kensington = kens-ing-tin
Kew Beach = Q beach
Regina = Ree-ji-nah
Scarborough =Scar-BRO

Um so how do I pronounce the pronunciations?
If a pause is necessary, it is indicated by a space. If it’s hyphenated, it means the syllables blend together. If it’s been capitalized, that’s the part you emphasize more than the rest”

Got suggestions or ideas? Write a comment here or send me a tweet.

Thanks.

Canada150ish

Hi, I’m Amrit.

Amrit

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Amrit

Turning ideas into reality since 1986. Product Manager. Accidental Journalist. Tweets at @amrit_sharma.

Canada150ish

Hi, I’m Amrit. Canada150ish is this 30-something tech guy’s way of saying thanks to Canada for allowing him to call this wonderful country home.

Amrit

Written by

Amrit

Turning ideas into reality since 1986. Product Manager. Accidental Journalist. Tweets at @amrit_sharma.

Canada150ish

Hi, I’m Amrit. Canada150ish is this 30-something tech guy’s way of saying thanks to Canada for allowing him to call this wonderful country home.

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