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Americans and Canadians the Same? No Way!

     People around the world are different, most would agree, but many people who live outside of North America believe that American and Canadian people are very similar; however, in many ways, we are quite different. (34 words)

     One way we are different is in how we behave in public. For example, when the X Files was filmed in Vancouver, the star, David Duchovny, went each day for a coffee at Starbucks; unlike what he would have experienced in America, however, in Canada he was able to quietly read his newspaper and drink his coffee, undisturbed. Another way Canadians and Americans differ is in how we tend to behave when travelling. Once, I saw an American yelling at a railway clerk in France to try to make him understand English. It didnít work. Canadians, on the other hand, are more likely to learn a few words of the local language first. Itís clear that we are different in our public behaviour. (123 words)

     Not only are we different in our behaviour, but also we have great differences in our diet. Anyone who has eaten at an American restaurant can tell something very interesting about the people there. The portions are monstrous: a steak might be 32 ounces, a portion could be a pound of fries, and a regular size drink a 32 ounce Pepsi. Canadians can often share one of these meals together and leave quite satisfied. And this leads to our difference in sizeó physically, I mean! About 26% of Americans are clinically obese (over 30% body fat); however, only 16% of Canadians are so severely overweight. So, we can easily agree that Canadians and Americans are different in how much we eat. (109 words)

     Not just in our diets, but also in how our climate affects us, Americans and Canadians are quite different. Due to our long cold winters, or perhaps because of the long distances between towns, Canadians are the top long distance talkers in the world. In contrast, Americans are only average in their devotion to yakking on the phone. In Vancouver, people go out walking on the worst rainy days and seem to enjoy themselves just fine. In many American locations, people wait patiently for the rain to stop before continuing their walk. If a Vancouverite did that, weíd put him in a mental home. The effect of climate on Canadians is considerable. (112)

     Canadians and Americans differ in many ways, although people outside of North America often donít realize this. One sure way to make a Canadian mad at you is to say to him that he is just the same as an American. Try it and see! (49 words)

Total for the essay: 430 words. This essay was made out of a single paragraph as a demonstration to prove that essays and paragraphs share the same structure. This is first draft writing, done in about 45 minutes. Expect imperfections!

Here's the original paragraph:

Differences between Canadians and Americans

Although many people who live outside of North America think that American and Canadian people are very similar, in many ways we are different from them. One way we are different is in how we react to famous people. When the X Files were filmed in Vancouver, the star, David Duchovny, went each day for a coffee at Starbucks. Unlike what he would have experienced in America, however, in Canada he was able to quietly read his newspaper and drink his coffee, undisturbed. Another obvious difference is our sizeó physically, I mean! About 26% of Americans are clinically obese (over 30% body fat); however, only 16% of Canadians are so severely overweight. One other way Americans and Canadians differ is in how much we talk on the phone. In Canada, people are the top long distance talkers in the world. In contrast, Americans are only average in their devotion to yakking on the phone. Perhaps this is due to our long cold winters, or perhaps itís because of the long distances between towns. Who knows? In any case, Canadians and Americans differ in many other ways, as well, but a paragraph of this size has only room enough for three.

 

 

 

 

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