Canadian myths

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Many cultures around the world have traditional stories that have been told for many years. We were recently asked whether Canada has any interesting myths, so here’s an episode all about our some of our stories. We talk about Canada’s Bigfoot, a flaming ghost ship, and our lost mines. You’ll have to judge for yourself whether you think these myths are true or not. Thanks to our listeners for suggesting such great topics!

Maura: So Canadians have their own Bigfoot. Interesting. Now, are there any other myths that you heard out West?
Harp: Yes. The other one—I love this one because I love his name—the Ogopogo.
Maura: OK. The Ogopogo. I have to say, I don’t think I’ve ever heard of that. What is it?
Harp: You’ve never heard of the Ogopogo?
Maura: No, tell me about it.
Harp: Well, the Ogopogo is a lake monster, and he exists in the Okanogan Lake.
Maura: OK. So, I have heard of the Loch Ness Monster, which is a really famous kind of thing—monster—that lives in Scotland. It’s the same idea then, right?
Harp: Exactly. The Ogopogo is similar to the Loch Ness Monster.

Expressions from this episode included in the Learning Materials:

To see something through another person’s eyes Word of mouth
That’s just a myth Long-standing
Do tell Bigfoot/sasquatc
That’s the thing A hoax
The Ogopogo and other Canadian lake monsters To give someone the benefit of the doubt
The Ghost Ship of Northumberland Strait Lost mines
Fishy To lose track of something

Podcast/Learning Materials: Culips English Podcast, Photo Canada Post

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