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#6. Canadian Citizenship

Published: 7.01.2024
Level 3   |   Time: 2:04
Accent: American, Canadian

Robin considers changing her citizenship from Canadian to American.


triangle Directions 목표 Direcciones Instruções


    It is important to read the vocabulary and background before you watch the video. This will improve your ability to understand the video. It will also help you understand how the new vocabulary is used naturally.

  2. WATCH the VIDEO

    The first time you watch the video, just try to understand the overall situation.


    First, try to answer all the questions from memory. Then rewatch the video and try to answer the questions that you missed.

  4. WATCH and READ the SCRIPT

    Watch the video again while you read the script. Reading and listening at the same time will help you hear each individual word and improve your listening accuracy.


    There are several different activities that focus on listening accuracy, pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, and sentence structure.


    Es importante leer el vocabulario y los antecedentes antes de ver el video. Esto mejorará su capacidad para comprender el video. También le ayudará a comprender cómo se usa el nuevo vocabulario de forma natural.

  2. VER el VIDEO

    La primera vez que vea el video, intente comprender la situación general.


    Primero intente responder todas las preguntas de memoria. Luego, vuelva a ver el video e intente responder las preguntas que se perdió.


    Mire el video nuevamente mientras lee el guión. Leer y escuchar al mismo tiempo lo ayudará a escuchar cada palabra individual y mejorará su precisión auditiva.


    Hay una serie de actividades diferentes que se centran en la precisión auditiva, la pronunciación, el vocabulario, la gramática y la estructura de las oraciones.

  1. 어휘와 배경 읽기

    비디오를 보기 전에 어휘와 배경을 읽는 것이 중요합니다. 이렇게 하면 비디오를 이해하는 능력이 향상됩니다. 또한 새로운 어휘가 어떻게 자연스럽게 사용되는지 이해하는데 도움이됩니다.

  2. 비디오 보기

    비디오를 처음 볼 때 전체 상황을 이해하려고 노력하세요.

  3. 문제에 답하기

    먼저 모든 질문에 답을 해보세요. 그런 다음 비디오를 다시보고 놓친 질문에 답해보세요.

  4. 비디오 보면서 대본 읽기

    대본을 읽는 동안 비디오를 다시 보세요. 읽기와 듣기를 동시에 하면 각각의 단어를 듣고, 듣기 정확도를 향상시킬 수 있습니다.

  5. 액티비티 하기

    듣기 정확도, 발음, 어휘, 문법 및 문장 구조에 초점을 맞춘 다양한 액티비티가 있습니다.


    É importante ler o vocabulário e o histórico antes de assistir ao vídeo. Isso melhorará sua capacidade de entender o vídeo. Também ajudará você a entender como o novo vocabulário é usado naturalmente.


    Na primeira vez que assistir ao vídeo, tente entender a situação geral.


    Primeiro, tente responder todas as perguntas de memória. Em seguida, assista novamente ao vídeo e tente responder às perguntas que você errou.


    Assista ao vídeo novamente enquanto lê o roteiro. Ler e ouvir ao mesmo tempo ajudará você a ouvir cada palavra individualmente e a melhorar sua precisão auditiva.


    Existem várias atividades diferentes que se concentram na precisão auditiva, pronúncia, vocabulário, gramática e estrutura da frase.

triangle Vocabulary 어휘 Vocabulário Vocabulario

  • ☐ ☐ ☐ a hydro bill [n] - an electricity bill
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ biceps [n] - the muscles in the arm
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ a garburator [n] - the machine in the drain of the kitchen sink that grinds up food waste (a garbage disposal) [image] ESL Vocab - Garburator
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ hang out [phv] - spend time relaxing or enjoying oneself with friends
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ You want to go? [exp] - Do you want to fight?
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ the Great White North [exp] - Canada
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ chant [v] - say or shout the same words again and again
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ join in [phv] - participate in an activity with others
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ a slight disagreement [exp] - a small argument
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ the Hoser Hut [n] - a Canadian-themed bar
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ a hoser [n] - a foolish or uneducated person (Canadian slang)
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ file assault charges [exp] - officially and legally accuse someone of attacking another person
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ get deported [exp] - be forced to leave a country
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ a citizen [n] - a legally recognized member of a country
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ Welcome aboard. [exp] - Glad to have you with us.
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ a citizenship test [n] - a test to become a legal member of a country

[n] - noun,  [v] - verb,  [phv] - phrasal verb,  [adj] - adjective,  [exp] - expression

triangle Background 배경 O fundo Antecedentes

Robin Barney
Robin Barney
  • Ted, Robin, Barney, Lily, and Marshall live in New York.
  • They are all American except Robin.
  • Robin is Canadian.
  • The Hoser Hut is a Canadian-themed bar in New York.

triangle Questions 문제 Questões Preguntas

  1. Robin's ______ bill was very high.

  2. The people in the bar ______ chant anything.
    will not

  3. Robin broke someone's ______ with a chair at the Hoser Hut.

  4. Robin ______ get deported.

  5. Robin seems ______ about becoming an American citizen.

  6. Barney thinks that the American citizenship test will be ______.

  7. Barney thinks that the Canadian citizenship test would be ______.

  8. Barney ______ Robin to become a American citizen.
    doesn't want

triangle Grammar 문법 Gramática Gramática (adjective/adverb)

Directions: 1) Read these sentences from the video and choose the word or expression that you think fits best. 2) Listen again and check your answers.

Instrucciones: 1) Lea la conversación y elija la palabra o expresión que crea que es mejor. 2) Escuche y verifique sus respuestas.

Instrucciones: 1) Leia a conversa e escolha a palavra ou expressão que você criou que é melhor. 2) Ouça e verifique suas respostas.

지시 사항 : 1) 대화를 읽고 가장 적절하다고 생각되는 단어나 표현을 고르세요. 2) 답변을 듣고 확인합니다.

  • That meant sometimes she dressed a little (differently) .
  • Ted, this hydro bill is (bigger) than Louis Cyr's biceps.
  • She hung out at (different) bars, and enjoyed leisure time a little (differently) .
  • It's the (best) country in the world.
  • You know that guy I had a (slight) disagreement with at the Hoser Hut?
  • And now, (apparently) , I might end up getting deported.
  • Well, there's only one (possible) way to avoid getting deported.
  • How do you know the Canadian test is (easy) ?

triangle Sentence Building 문장 만들기 Construção de sentença Construcción de oraciones [ ? ]


This activity is designed to improve sentence accuracy and complexity. Most students can produce the key content words in a sentence. However, they have difficulty with accuracy because the functional words are difficult or can seem unimportant. This activity will help learners eliminate problems with these functional words by giving them immediate feedback on the mistakes they are making. It will also help students develop their use of more natural, varied and complex sentence structures.

TIP: Say the sentence out loud. Notice the types of mistake you make often. Focus on those types of errors. (singular/plural, subject-verb agreement, article use, prepositions, gerunds and infinitives, noun clauses, adjective clauses, word order, and word forms.)


Esta actividad está diseñada para mejorar la precisión y complejidad de las oraciones. La mayoría de los estudiantes pueden producir las palabras clave del contenido en una oración. Sin embargo, tienen dificultades con la precisión porque las palabras funcionales son difíciles o pueden parecer poco importantes. Esta actividad ayudará a los alumnos a eliminar problemas con estas palabras funcionales al brindarles retroalimentación inmediata sobre los errores que están cometiendo. También ayudará a los estudiantes a desarrollar su uso de estructuras de oraciones más naturales, variadas y complejas.

CONSEJO: Diga la oración en voz alta. Observe los tipos de errores que comete con frecuencia. Concéntrese en ese tipo de errores. (singular / plural, concordancia entre sujeto y verbo, uso del artículo, preposiciones, gerundios e infinitivos, cláusulas sustantivas, cláusulas adjetivas, orden de las palabras y formas de las palabras).


이 액티비티는 문장의 정확성과 복잡성을 개선하기 위해 고안되었습니다. 대부분의 학생들은 문장에서 핵심 내용 단어를 생성 할 수 있습니다. 그러나 기능적 단어가 어렵거나 중요하지 않은 것처럼 보일 수 있기 때문에 정확성에 어려움이 있습니다. 이 액티비티는 학습자가 실수에 대한 즉각적인 피드백을 제공함으로써 이러한 기능적 단어의 문제를 제거하는 데 도움이 됩니다. 또한 학생들이 보다 자연스럽고 다양하며 복잡한 문장 구조를 사용하는 데 도움이 됩니다.

팁 : 문장을 크게 말하세요. 자주 저지르는 실수 유형과, 이러한 유형의 오류에 집중하세요. (단수 / 복수, 주어-동사 일치, 관사 사용, 전치사, 동명사 및 부정사, 명사절, 형용사절, 어순 및 단어 형태)


Esta atividade foi desenvolvida para melhorar a precisão e a complexidade das frases. A maioria dos alunos pode produzir as palavras-chave do conteúdo em uma frase. No entanto, eles têm dificuldade com precisão porque as palavras funcionais são difíceis ou podem parecer sem importância. Esta atividade ajudará os alunos a eliminar problemas com essas palavras funcionais, dando-lhes feedback imediato sobre os erros que estão cometendo. Também ajudará os alunos a desenvolver o uso de estruturas de sentenças mais naturais, variadas e complexas.

DICA: Diga a frase em voz alta. Observe os tipos de erro que você comete com frequência. Concentre-se nesses tipos de erros. (singular/plural, concordância sujeito-verbo, uso de artigos, preposições, gerúndios e infinitivos, cláusulas substantivas, cláusulas adjetivas, ordem das palavras e formas das palavras.)

Directions: Write sentences about the video clip using the words given. You can change the word form or add words, but you cannot change the word order. Use a present time frame (tense).

Instrucciones: Escriba oraciones sobre el videoclip usando las palabras dadas. Puede cambiar la forma de la palabra o agregar palabras, pero no puede cambiar el orden de las palabras. Usa el tiempo presente.

Instrucciones: Escribe oraciones sobre el videoclip usando las palabras dadas. Puede cambiar la forma de las palabras o agregar palabras, pero no puede cambiar el orden de las palabras. Usa tiempo presente.

지시 : 주어진 단어를 사용하여 비디오 클립에 대한 문장을 씁니다. 어형을 변경하거나 단어를 추가할 수 있지만 어순은 변경할 수 없습니다. 현재 시제를 사용합니다.

Sentence 1

because / Robin / grow / up / Canada / she / sometimes / talk / dress / act / little / different

Because Robin grew up in Canada, she sometimes talks, dresses, and acts a little differently.

Sentence 2

even / though / Barney / Ted / make / fun / Canada / Robin / insist / it / best / country / world

Even though Barney and Ted are making fun of Canada, Robin insists (that) it is the best country in the world.

Sentence 3

however / Barney / prove / people / will / chant / almost / anything / bar / except / Canada

However, Barney proves (that) people will chant almost anything [in/at] [a/the] bar except "Canada."

Sentence 4

later / Robin / find / out / she / might / get / deport / because / she / break / someone / nose / bar / fight

Later, Robin finds out (that) she might get deported because she broke someone's nose [in/during] a bar fight.

Sentence 5

only / way / she / can / avoid / get / deport / be / become / America / citizen

The only way (that) she can avoid getting deported is [to become/becoming] an American citizen.

Sentence 6

however / she / seem / reluctant / give / up / Canada / identity

However, she seems reluctant to give up her Canadian identity.

Sentence 7

Barney / encourage / her / take / citizenship / test / and / even / offer / help / her / study

Barney encourages her to take the citizenship test(,) and (he) even offers to help her (to) study.

Sentence 8

he / also / rude / question / why / anyone / would / want / become / Canadian / citizen

He also rudely questions why anyone would want to become a Canadian citizen.

triangle Listen & Repeat 듣고 따라하기 Ouça e repita Escuchar y repetir [ ? ]

Listen & Repeat

This activity has two purposes.

The first purpose is to improve listening accuracy. Learners can often understand the general meaning of a video but still not hear and understand many of the words that are said. This is because native speakers tend to say the functional words unclearly. (eg. don’t know, going to, want to, can’t, must have) This activity is designed to help learners improve their ability to hear these words.

TIP: Learners should listen, and then try to repeat exactly what they hear. Then they should click “Show” and read the sentence. After reading the sentence, learners should listen again and try to hear each word.

The second purpose is to improve pronunciation.

TIP: Learners should listen to and read the sentences at the same time. Then learners should try to copy the pronunciation and intonation of the speaker exactly.

TIP: Exaggerating the intonation and feeling of the speaker is useful. It may feel awkward or funny, but it will help you sound more natural.

Escuchar y Repetir

Esta actividad tiene dos propósitos separados.

El primer propósito es mejorar la precisión auditiva. Los estudiantes a menudo pueden comprender el significado general de un video, pero aún no escuchan ni comprenden muchas de las palabras que se dicen. En particular, los hablantes nativos tienden a decir las palabras funcionales (p. Ej., No sé, voy a, quiero, no puedo, debe haberlo hecho) de manera poco clara. Esta actividad está diseñada para ayudar a los alumnos a mejorar su capacidad para escuchar estas palabras.

CONSEJO: Los alumnos deben escuchar y luego intentar repetir exactamente lo que se dijo. Luego deben hacer clic en "Show" y leer la oración. Después de leer la oración, los alumnos deben volver a escuchar e intentar escuchar cada palabra.

El segundo propósito es mejorar la pronunciación.

CONSEJO: Los alumnos deben escuchar y leer las oraciones al mismo tiempo. Luego, los alumnos deben intentar copiar la pronunciación y la entonación del hablante.

CONSEJO: Es útil exagerar la entonación y el sentimiento del hablante. Puede parecer incómodo o divertido, pero te ayudará a sonar más natural.

듣고 따라하기

이 액티비티에는 두 가지 목적이 있습니다.

첫 번째 목적은 청취 정확도를 높이는 것입니다. 학생들은 종종 비디오의 일반적인 의미를 이해할 수 있지만 여전히 많은 단어를 듣고 이해하지 못합니다. 특히 원어민은 기능적 단어 (예 : 모르겠다, 갈 것, 갖고 싶어, 가질 수 없어야 한다)를 불분명하게 말하는 경향이 있습니다. 이 액티비티는 학습자가 이러한 단어를 듣는 능력을 향상시킬 수 있도록 고안되었습니다.

팁 : 학습자는 듣고 나서 말한 내용을 정확하게 반복해야 합니다. 그들은“Show”를 클릭하고 문장을 읽어야 합니다. 문장을 읽은 후 학습자는 다시 듣고 각 단어를 들어야 합니다.

두 번째 목적은 발음을 향상시키는 것입니다.

팁 : 학습자는 동시에 문장을 듣고 읽어야 합니다. 그런 다음 학습자는 화자의 발음과 억양을 따라 해 보아야 합니다.

팁 : 화자의 억양과 느낌을 과장하는 것이 유용합니다. 어색하거나 재미있게 느껴질 수 있지만 더 자연스럽게 들리는 데 도움이 됩니다.

Ouvir e repetir

Esta atividade tem dois propósitos.

O primeiro objetivo é melhorar a precisão auditiva. Os alunos geralmente podem entender o significado geral de um vídeo, mas ainda não ouvem e entendem muitas das palavras que são ditas. Isso ocorre porque os falantes nativos tendem a dizer as palavras funcionais de forma pouco clara. (por exemplo, não sei, vou, quero, não posso, devo ter) Esta atividade é projetada para ajudar os alunos a melhorar sua capacidade de ouvir essas palavras.

DICA: os alunos devem ouvir e tentar repetir exatamente o que ouviram. Em seguida, deveriam clicar em “Mostrar” e ler a frase. Depois de ler a frase, os alunos devem ouvir novamente e tentar ouvir cada palavra.

O segundo objetivo é melhorar a pronúncia.

DICA: os alunos devem ouvir e ler as frases ao mesmo tempo. Em seguida, os alunos devem tentar copiar exatamente a pronúncia e a entonação do falante.

DICA: É útil exagerar na entonação e no sentimento do falante. Pode parecer estranho ou engraçado, mas ajudará você a soar mais natural.

Directions: Play the audio clip and try to repeat what you hear. Click "Show" to see the text.

Instrucciones: Reproduce el clip de audio e intenta repetir lo que escuchas. Haga clic en "Show" para ver el texto.

Instrucciones: Reproduzca el clip de audio e intente repetir lo que escucha. Haga clic en "Mostrar" para ver el texto.

지시 사항 : 오디오 클립을 재생하고 들리는 내용을 반복해 보십시오. 텍스트를 보려면 "Show" 를 클릭하십시오.

Clip 1

That meant sometimes she dressed a little differently.

Clip 2

What, you leave the garburator on all night, eh?

Clip 3

Make fun of the Great White North all you want. It's the best country in the world.

Clip 4

Okay, you know, what does that even prove, okay? You chant anything, people will join in.

Clip 5

You know that guy I had a slight disagreement with at the Hoser Hut?

Clip 6

And now, apparently, I might end up getting deported.

Clip 7

Well, there's only one possible way to avoid getting deported.

Clip 8

I was born there. My family's there. It's who I am.

Clip 9

But, Robin, if you want to live here, work here, and throw chairs at people here, you have to do this.

Clip 10

You have to do it.

Clip 11

But you know, it's not going to be easy, this test.

Clip 12

How do you know the Canadian test is easy?

Clip 13

Question one: Do you want to be Canadian? Question two: Really?

triangle Discussion 논의 Questões de discussão Discusión

  1. What are some uniquely Canadian expressions that they mention in the video? Do you know any others?
  2. What are some of the stereotypes about Canadians that they show or mention in the video?
  3. What other stereotypes do people from your country generally have about Canada?
  4. Why do you think Robin is reluctant to become an American citizen?
  5. Would you be willing to change your citizenship to stay in a country? Which countries would you consider changing your citizenship for?
  6. Do you think it is important to maintain your cultural identity when living in a different country? Why? Can you share any personal experiences related to this?
  7. Do you think you could pass an American citizenship test? How about a Canadian citizenship test?
  8. Do you think you could pass a citizenship test from your country? What types of questions would be on it? Try testing your partner or group.
  9. Here are some other Canadian expressions. Can you guess what they mean?
    • How many Canucks do we have here tonight?
    • I got pulled over by a Mountie and got a speeding ticket.
    • Put on your toque. It's cold outside.
    • Tim Horton's is having a special. You can get a double double for a toonie.
    • Do you want a pop with your poutine?
    • Can you add a little extra cheese to my KD?
    • Don't worry. Just give'er. You might win.
    • We just bought a new chesterfield for our living room.

    a Canuck = a Canadian
    a Mountie = a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)
    a toque = a winter hat, a beanie, a knit cap
    a double double = a coffee with two creams and two sugars
    a toonie = a two-dollar coin
    a pop = a soda (Coke, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper)
    poutine = French fries, cheese curds, gravy
    KD = Kraft Dinner (macaroni & cheese)?
    give'er = give 100% effort, try hard
    a chesterfield = a sofa or couch

triangle Script 대본 Roteiro Texto

Narrator: Kids, as you know, Aunt Robin grew up in Canada. That meant sometimes she dressed a little differently.

Robin: Okay! Let's do this!

Narrator: Sometimes she talked a little differently.

Robin: Ted, this hydro bill is bigger than Louis Cyr's biceps. What, you leave the garburator on all night, eh?

Narrator: She hung out at different bars, and enjoyed leisure time a little differently.

Robin: You want to go? You want to go?! Come on!

Narrator: Make fun of the Great White North all you want. It's the best country in the world.

Barney: Social experiment. U.S.A., U.S.A., U.S.A.

Group: U.S.A., U.S.A.

Robin: Okay, okay. You know what? Okay, you know, what does that even prove, okay? You chant anything, people will join in.

Robin: Canada, Canada, Cana... Okay, they won't chant anything.

Robin: You guys will not believe this. I've been talking to my lawyer all morning. You know that guy I had a slight disagreement with at the Hoser Hut? He's filing assault charges. I broke his nose with a chair. And now, apparently, I might end up getting deported.

Ted: Well, there's only one possible way to avoid getting deported. My lawyer said I could become an American citizen.

Barney: Perfect. Problem solved. Welcome aboard.

Robin: Well, it's not that simple. I'm a Canadian. I was born there. My family's there. It's who I am.

Barney: I know, and it's provided us with a lot of laughs. But, Robin, if you want to live here, work here, and throw chairs at people here, you have to do this.

Robin: Well, there's a citizenship test tomorrow. I'll think about it.

Barney: No, you have to do it. I'll help you study. But you know, it's not going to be easy, this test. It's not like the Canadian citizenship test.

Robin: How do you know the Canadian test is easy?

Barney: It's Canada. Question one: Do you want to be Canadian? Question two: Really?