You’re late!


The idea for this episode came from a Culips listener, Igor, who thought this might be an interesting topic. He was late to meet his friend, and his friend said, “I’m getting old here!” So here’s your episode, Igor. In it, Maura and Harp talk about the importance of being on time and what to do if you’re late in Canada. They also explain Igor’s friend’s expression, and give you a few others you might hear if you’re late!

Maura Harp

Harp: In Canada, it’s very important to be on time.
Maura: It is important to be on time. When you make a plan to meet someone at 3 o’clock, you should be there at 3 o’clock. Seems quite logical to me, but I guess because I’m Canadian, that’s why it makes sense.
Harp: Yup. And we know in other places being late is very often normal and when you say 3 o’clock, everyone knows that you mean 4 o’clock, but here in Canada, if you say 3 o’clock you mean 3 o’clock.
Maura: Right. And it’s easy to figure out because you don’t have to add another hour or be there early. The time that you’re supposed to meet is the time that you should be there. It is of course important to be on time in Canada and the US, but how much time do you think is socially acceptable to be late?

Expressions from this episode included in the Learning Materials:

Better late than never To show up
On time Fashionably late
Who’s counting? Under control
To stand someone up I’m getting old here
I don’t have all day Take a chill pill
A rhyme To waltz in
Without a care in the world From now on
To grace us with your presence

Podcast/Learning Materials: Culips English Podcast, Image courtesy of [sdmania]/

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