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One of the more interesting aspects of keeping up this blog is seeing what people search (in Google, Yahoo or whatever) that gets them to An Italian-Canadian Life.

There’s been quite a few people who search for Italian-Canadian “wedding” or “dating.” It made me raise an eyebrow – it’s a topic I didn’t expect.

Western Canada (includes Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba): Residents of Canada's western provinces are generally more open, relaxed, friendly and direct than other Canadians (comparisons are often made with inhabitants of the western United States).

Here’s a sample of what people search for:“italian canadian dating” “italian love phrases” “italian boyfriend family” “italian breakup dating” “what it means to be italian canadian”I’ve also received emails from some readers who are looking to understand more about their boyfriend’s or girlfriend’s Italian-Canadian family.

So what is it about dating an Italian-Canadian that is so darn interesting or confusing?

While each family is unique, there’s certainly a few things I can recognize as typical of Italian-Canadians (as tongue-in-cheek as this is! You won’t meet his or her family for a little while. Whatever you don’t eat, don’t worry, will be packed up for you to take home.

Italian-Canadians generally don’t bring anyone home unless there’s something serious going on in the relationship. Also, when you are asked if you want more, don’t bother saying “no thank you”, these words have been blocked out from all Italian’s ears – it’s a hereditary thing.4. You don’t just miss cousin Francesca’s confirmation because you are busy. You stay quiet during the church and you stuff yourself at the dinner.

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