Curious Question #16 – Kisses in Canada

Everywhere around the world there are different customs for greeting. Here in Montreal you can often see people kissing each other on the cheeks. So what is normal here? And what is normal for Canada? In this episode, Robin and Harp kiss and tell!

Kiss In Canada

Expressions included in the learning materials

  • To hug
  • To bow
  • Kisses.To wave
  • No set rule
  • Professionally
  • Rarely

Sample transcript

Harp:So today’s question is from Asami who is originally from Japan, but she is currently living in Montreal and she’s asking about Canadian culture, I guess, and she is saying: What is the custom when saying goodbye or hello in Canada?
So she wants to know about how to greet someone in Montreal and in the rest of Canada. She says that she often sees people kiss each other on the cheek, but she has also seen people hug or do nothing. So what do we do here in Montreal?
Robin: She says she has often seen people kiss each other on the cheek, but she has also seen people hug or do nothing. So what do we do here in Montreal?
Harp: Exactly, so now just so you understand, this is a cultural question, she is not asking about English, but she wants to know the action that people do, whether they kiss on the cheek, whether they hug or whether they do nothing.


english PodcastAudio/Learning Materials: Culips