Canadian Idioms

We have changed our Canadian Idioms section! You will now find the idioms divided into sets by theme. Select a set below to start learning.

OK, so you move to Canada and all of a sudden you realize that people speak differently here. Each conversation is spiced up by phrases that sound familiar but actually don’t make much sense. Don’t worry; these are idioms (idiomatic expressions) and they’re at the core of every language. If you think about it, you use idioms every day in your 1st language. Canadian English uses idioms too.

Some idioms are transferable from one variety of English to another. For example, the phrase I’m broke, which means I have no money. You can go to the UK, the USA, Australia or India, say I’m broke and everybody will know what you mean. Some idioms, however, are specific to a local culture. For example, in Canada we say double-double, which means a coffee with double cream and double sugar. If you go to South Africa and say I want a double-double, you might get a few puzzled looks as it’s not an idiom used there.

Below you’ll find our most recent Canadian idioms lessons, as well as sets of lessons grouped by theme. We have cool infographics for you, quizzes, and discussion questions. You’ll also have a chance to share your favourite English idioms on the discussion forum.

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Idiom Sets

Idiom Set: People & Personalities

Group of happy multiethnic people raising hands together

In this idioms set you’ll find Canadian idioms relating to people and personalities. Click on each lesson for informative presentations,… Read more »

Idiom Set: Body Parts

Image of a newborn baby's feet

In this idioms set you’ll find Canadian idioms relating to the human body. Click on each lesson for cool infographics,… Read more »

Idiom Set: Emotions & Feelings

Two plush emoticons in a lunchbox covered in emoticon images.

This set of idioms lessons includes phrases about feelings like surprise, excitement, happiness, sadness and anger. Click on each lesson… Read more »

Idiom Set: Family & Relationships

Mother and daughter cuddling and laughing in a car

In this idioms set you’ll find Canadian idioms relating to family, friends, and relationships. Click on each lesson for cool… Read more »

Idiom Set: Food

Vegetable skewers, corn on the cob, and meats on a barbeque.

In this idioms set you’ll find Canadian idioms relating to food and eating. Click on each lesson for cool infographics,… Read more »

Idiom Set: Holidays & Celebrations

Fireworks in a dark sky.

In this idioms set you’ll find Canadian idioms relating holidays and celebrations that are observed in Canada. Click on each… Read more »

Idiom Set: Leisure & Sports

Runners on a rural gravel road.

In this idioms set you’ll find Canadian idioms relating to sports and leisure. Click on each lesson for cool infographics,… Read more »

Idiom Set: Making a Difference

Volunteers collecting and sorting recyclables.

In this idioms set you’ll find Canadian idioms relating to elections, the environment and volunteering. Click on each lesson for… Read more »

Idiom Set: Miscellaneous Idioms

Two men having a conversation outdoors in winter.

In this idioms set you’ll find Canadian idioms relating to miscellaneous topics including colours, numbers, trees and books. Click on… Read more »

Idiom Set: Multiculturalism

Children from a variety of backgrounds working on a multi-colored diversity mural together

In this idioms set you’ll find Canadian idioms relating to multiculturalism. Click on each lesson for cool infographics, quizzes, and… Read more »

Idiom Set: School & Learning

An apple and a stack of textbooks

In this idioms set you’ll find Canadian idioms relating to back-to-school, reading and learning. Click on each lesson for cool… Read more »

Idiom Set: The School of Life

Couple walking through a park in Winnipeg, Manitoba

In this idioms set you’ll find Canadian idioms relating to various life experiences, both good and bad, that you have… Read more »

Idiom Set: Time

A clock sitting in green grass.

In this idioms set you’ll find Canadian idioms relating to time, night, and day. Click on each lesson for cool… Read more »

Idiom Set: Weather

Weather icons: sunny, thundershowers, snow

In this idioms set you’ll find Canadian idioms relating weather—heat, cold, rain and snow. Click on each lesson for cool… Read more »

Idiom Set: Work & Business

An in/out box on an office desk.

In this idioms set you’ll find Canadian idioms relating to employment, money and business. Click on each lesson for cool… Read more »

Idioms Set: Seasons

The sun setting over the Assiniboine River in Winnipeg, Manitoba, while people skate on the Forks River Trail.

In this idioms set you’ll find Canadian idioms relating to seasons of the year in Manitoba. Click on each lesson… Read more »

Recently Added Idioms

Personality Idioms 2

Group of happy multiethnic people raising hands together

Study the power point to get to know this week’s idioms. Personality idioms 2 Final from English Online Inc.

Clothing Idioms

Two men having a conversation outdoors in winter.

Study the power point to get to know this week’s idioms. Clothing idioms from English Online Inc.

Computer and Internet Idioms

Two men having a conversation outdoors in winter.

Study the power point to get to know this week’s idioms. Computer and Internet Idioms from English Online Inc.

Appearance Idioms

Group of happy multiethnic people raising hands together

Study the power point to get to know this week’s idioms. Appearance idioms from English Online Inc.

Summer Idioms

The sun setting over the Assiniboine River in Winnipeg, Manitoba, while people skate on the Forks River Trail.

Study the power point to get to know this week’s idioms. Summer idioms from English Online Inc.

Personality Idioms

Group of happy multiethnic people raising hands together

Study the power point to get to know this week’s idioms. Personality idioms from English Online Inc.

Argument Idioms

Couple walking through a park in Winnipeg, Manitoba

Study the power point to get to know this week’s idioms. Argument idioms from English Online Inc.

Age Idioms

Group of happy multiethnic people raising hands together

Study the power point to get to know this week’s idioms. Age idioms from English Online Inc.

Environment Idioms

Volunteers collecting and sorting recyclables.

Study the power point to get to know this week’s idioms. Environment Idioms from English Online Inc.

Driving Idioms

Runners on a rural gravel road.

Study the power point to get to know this week’s idioms. Driving Idioms from English Online Inc.

Luck Idioms

Couple walking through a park in Winnipeg, Manitoba

Study the power point to get to know this week’s idioms. Luck idioms from English Online Inc.

Problems & Solutions Idioms

Couple walking through a park in Winnipeg, Manitoba

Study the power point to get to know this week’s idioms. Problems and Solutions Idioms from English Online Inc.

Activities Index

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