Canadian Idioms : Canadian Fall Celebrations Idioms

Step 1

Study the Powerpoint slides to learn this week’s idioms.

Step 2

Listen to the dialogue for better understanding and pronunciation.

Step 3

Read the following dialogue to see the idioms in context:

Teacher Alex:OK, class, today we’re going to talk about the Canadian Celebrations taking place around this time of the year – the fall. Can you name some? Should be easy as pie!
Jay:Thanksgiving, Halloween and Remembrance Day!
Teacher Alex:Very well. Let’s talk about them in turns. Thanksgiving…
Jay:It’s when we count our blessings and gratitude is expressed to family and friends.
Teacher Alex:That’s right!
Jay:There is a problem with this celebration though…Food is ingested in huge quantities. Even people who eat like a bird all year seem to gobble up.
Teacher Alex:Well, I’ll take that with a grain of salt, although there is some truth in it. Next, Halloween…
Jay:Yes, it’s a holiday observed on Oct 31st with mixed religious origins but I think these days it is largely non-religious. It is just a pretext for sweets to be imparted to children and funny costumes to be worn. Apparently this is how “evil spirits” are buttered up and frightened away. Witches, hobgoblins, fairies and demons come to be associated with the day.
Teacher Alex:Correct. How about Remembrance Day?
Jay:It’s when our heroes and veterans are remembered and revered.
Teacher Alex:Right! Anything else?
Jay:Poppies are worn on November 11th, and we say “Lest We Forget” to remember the courage and sacrifice of the ones who fought for our freedom.
Teacher Alex:Excellent, thank you, Jay! You will all have to write an essay of around 500 words describing how any and all of these Canadian celebrations have been celebrated this year. Any questions?

Quiz Time

Click to flip in the bottom right corner to see a definition. Click the next arrow to go to the next expression. Click Choose a Study Mode to select a different type of quiz for this vocabulary set.
Remember! Practice makes perfect.


To "Mark Complete" you must login and complete all the lesson topics.


Please login to view e-facilitator contact information.

CC BY-NC-SAText of this page is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA, unless otherwise marked. Please attribute to English Online Inc. and link back to this page where possible. For images and videos, check the source for licensing information.