Adjusting to Canadian weather is just one of the many changes that newcomers face.
Agnes Nowicz teaches English As a Second Language, or ESL. That includes teaching weather.
“I think it’s really important because it affects every aspect of their lives,“ Nowicz says. “Starting from the morning when we get up and get ready to go to work , to go to school, to send our kids off.”
“I’ve learned snow, snowstorms,freezing, windchill,” says Sady, a student in the class. “All of these words are new for me! In Cuba we don’t use them.”
“Breeze. A very soft wind, and it's very enjoyable,” says Effat, another student joining the class from Iran.
“Learning” Canadian weather can be a challenge, but it also helps newcomers to cope.
“It is important that my learners know about the weather to assimilate into the culture, to feel more Canadian and to feel comfortable making small talk conversation in the work place, in school or on the street,” explains Nowicz.
“Canadians definitely love to talk about the weather,” says Masha, another student from Russia. ”Every day in the elevator I have small talk about just weather. Weather, weather and weather. I'm just surprised, but it's good.”