The Toque Tilt: Slight tilting of the head when smiling, shows courtesy and congeniality.
Alternately, absence of the gesture can help you spot a fake Canadian.
Stars and Gripes Forever: Chin jutted out, face blank (or worse, frowning), causing the recipient of the message to assume something is wrong before the traveler has spoken.
American Psycho: A well-meaning but misplaced gesture in which arms are outstretched with palms down, above the heads of others, in an attempt to calm a situation ... a move that usually has the effect of escalating tensions.
The Polka-Loon: Overdoing friendly head tilt in a manner that implies you might need pharmaceutical assistance.
This is all reasonable advice, but body language and Canadian flags alone won't fool anyone.
If you're really going to convince people you're Canadian, here are two more tips to throw into the mix.
Say you're sorry. For everything
"Is it true what they say? If a Canadian apologizes three times the maple fairy brings you a hockey puck signed by Rick Moranis?"
An American friend recently asked me this when I sent him an email apologizing multiple times for being unable to make it to a planned dinner.
Joke all you like, we're proud of our reputation for extreme politeness.
When two Canadians accidentally bump into one another, a bizarre ritual often ensues.
No matter who's at fault, both parties will apologize. Repeatedly.
It's a reflex. If you stick out your leg and trip me, I'll say "sorry" to you. After all, I could have hurt your foot.
"Did you know he's Canadian?"
When a celebrity comes from the Great White North, no Canadian can resist pointing it out to non-Canadians who might be within earshot.
When Pamela Anderson, Paul Anka, Jim Carrey, Leonard Cohen, Keanu Reeves, Ryan Gosling, Ryan Reynolds, William Shatner, Linda Evangelista or Dan Aykroyd come up in conversation, you'll see us fidget and grow visibly agitated till we have a chance to blurt out "Did you know he/she is from Canada!?"
Study this list of famous Canadians before you hit the road. Shout out their nationality proudly to whoever is listening when they appear on TV or their music is played. You'll fit right in.
The only exception is when discussions turn to Justin Bieber or Celine Dion. You Americans can claim them as your own if you'd like. We don't mind.
Happy Canada Day!
Karla Cripps is a Canadian CNN digital producer based in Bangkok. Most people assume she is American until she says the word "about."