You can understand the indirect way of speaking Canadians use to communicate. For example “Would you mind waiting here for a minute?” means “Wait here for a minute.” To learn more, click Discover Canadian Communication Style.
You can correctly interpret North American body language. Canadian body language is different than body language of other countries but similar to that of United States. To find out more, click Body Language in Canada.
Being able to speak Canadian English means:
You can use the polite language expressions, for example “Would you like…?” and “Could you please…?”, and match the appropriate expression with the right situation in which it needs to be used. Using polite words (sorry, please, thank you, etc.) is not enough – you need to learn the correct use of modal verbs to sound polite. To learn more, click Speaking Politely in Canada.
You know which topics are appropriate for Small Talk/casual conversation and which are ‘taboo’ in Canada (for example the question “How old are you?” is not acceptable with anyone older than 24). In Canada, there are many taboo topics in casual conversations. To learn more, click What Canadians Talk About.
You can communicate clearly, concisely and to the point which shows respect the other person’s time (that’s important in email and other business communication).
You are aware of your own body language and have the ability to adapt it according to the situation.