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yvr girl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 08:50 AM
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Do Canadians have a distinct accent?
Can you always tell someone is Canadian as soon as they open their mouths?
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Benfea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 08:51 AM
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1. Take off, eh!
Hoser.
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billyskank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 08:54 AM
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2. I haven't met enough Canadians to be able to say
to my shame.
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rug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 08:54 AM
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3. After aboot one minute.
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Karenina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 11:14 AM
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22. Having bean there...
Yup!
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TallahasseeGrannie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 08:55 AM
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4. They sound "normal" until they
say about.... or aboot. That's the only way I can tell.

Oh, and then ending every sentence with eh?
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purr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 08:56 AM
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5. Yup...
My aunt, uncle, and cousins are Canadian and they have a distinct accent.
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El Fuego Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 08:59 AM
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6. When they go oot and aboot, eh
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Gormy Cuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 08:59 AM
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7. Some of you do.
The French Canadians have distinctive accents too, it's not all aboot the English Canadians.
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Baclava Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 09:01 AM
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8. ...and their beady eyes and flapping heads...
... and their affinity for ice...
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crispini Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 09:02 AM
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9. Just wait for the "out," "about," and "project."
My team once was working with a team in Canada and kept a running total of those on the whiteboard during conference calls, just for giggles.

We later found out they were doing the same thing with our "ya'lls" :rofl:
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Darth_Kitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 09:22 AM
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12. Why do you guys say things like....
awwwwnt instead of aunt? :)

ruff isn't of roof? :)

And we don't say aboot, we say about. :)

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auntAgonist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 11:53 AM
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32. and don't forget...
INsurance instead of inSURance. dallar instead of dollar.
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intrepid_wanderer Donating Member (559 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 09:07 AM
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10. most do...
but... it's regionally specific.. just like the states.

either way, Canadian guys in general are sexy


:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
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Patiod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 09:21 AM
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11. I just noticed it with Howie Mandel last night
My SO loves "Deal/No Deal", and I said "I didn't know Howie Mandel was Canadian" after he slipped and said "oout" (he usually supresses the accent)

But then again, I can usually tell if someone has gone to a Philadelphia-area Catholic school or public school, just from their accent. My ear is pretty good.
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FarLeftRage Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 09:37 AM
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13. Yes.
I can tell the difference when I'm watching CTV or CBC and especially when I'm in Canada.

I live some 40 miles south of the border...
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GOPisEvil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 09:40 AM
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14. Canadians make progress (with "pro" as in "professional")...
also, organEYEzation...

I love listening to Barry Melrose of ESPN. :)
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billyskank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 09:47 AM
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15. Brits and Aussies say that too
It's just you guys. :)
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GOPisEvil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 09:49 AM
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17. Yeah, but Canadians generally sound American with just a few exceptions.
Those exceptions are nice to hear. My favorite waitress in this town is an Aussie. She could read the phone book to me, and I'd be attentive. :P
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gollygee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 09:48 AM
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16. Yes
Canadians have an accent all their own :D
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no name no slogan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 09:49 AM
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18. I can tell them
Edited on Sat Mar-04-06 09:50 AM by no name no slogan
But I live close to the border (relatively speaking) and I've worked with them in the past. I find the Canadian language very interesting and easy on the air. Not quite as proper as the English used in southern England, but not nearly as sonorious as that used in the Middle U.S. An interesting and pleasing tongue, IMHO.

ON EDIT: I also listen to "As It Happens" on the CBC every night, too, so that may also bias me.
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Commie Pinko Dirtbag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 09:51 AM
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19. What are you talking aboot? -nt
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tjwmason Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 10:36 AM
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20. From what I hear it's diminishing.
I know an old-school Canadian who laments the cultural imperialism of all things American (especially as regards spelling and pronunciation). That Canadians know how to pronounce the word missile inter alia is very heart-warming.
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Bucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 11:22 AM
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23. Regional accents tend to make periodic comebacks, tho.
If a region is getting too culturally dominated by another, the locals will sometimes bolster their own "authenticity" by emphasizing their local accents more. Dubya's west Texas drawl is both affected and genuine. At first he needed to fit in, but now the act has become the fact.
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khashka Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 11:39 AM
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28. Yeah we've discussed this
American cultural imperialism grates on my nerves.

And the Brits are the worst, never mind Canadians. Language, spelling, everything thrown aside so they end up sounding like a crap American soap opera.

Khash.
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GirlinContempt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 12:06 PM
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33. Freakin' newfies
Edited on Sat Mar-04-06 12:06 PM by GirlinContempt
That'll NEVER go away
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5thGenDemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 10:41 AM
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21. To a Michiganian, Ontarians do
The only part of Canada I've been to is between Windsor or Sarnia and Montreal (lower Ontario, basically). Plus, I worked as a hockey writer for five seasons and of course met a lot of Canadians in the course of doing that job.
To me, the "eh" and "oot" and "aboot" stuff is more an Ontario thing than a Canadian national one. I know folks from, say, Vancouver and those from, say, Toronto sound different to me.
And in Montreal, it's like they're speaking a whole different language!
John
What's up with that, anyhow?
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GirlinContempt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 12:28 PM
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38. Montreal, uh, isn't in Ontario.
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auntAgonist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 11:23 AM
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24. I'm told that I do have a distinct accent.
I live in Michigan and I think people here have an accent. They tell me I speak 'quite proper', whatever that means :)

aA
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khashka Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 11:34 AM
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25. Yes!
But it's cute and kinda sexy :)

Canadians have a distinct way of pronouncing the word "sorry". It's unique and very appealing.

But "Canadian" covers a lot of ground. Newfoundlanders have a very different accent from people from Toronto or Quebec or Edmonton.

So there is no Canadian accent, but there are definitetely Canadian accents.

In fact I was talking to a woman a few days ago and eventually asked what part of Canada she was from. "How did you know I was Canadian?" "Your accent."


Khash.
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Parrcrow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 11:35 AM
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26. I'm told I do
Here in Kansas, I get alot of double takes when I'm speaking to the locals. They usually can't place it though. My wife's kids love hearing me say out, about, house, couch and so on. also fifteen (apparently I say fif-deen). When I listen to the CBC, I can hear the accent now myself.
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Benfea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 11:41 AM
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29. Are you a newfie?
The only Canadians I can ever identify by accent are newfies. All the other English-speaking Canadians are pretty much indistinguishable from Americans as far as I'm concerned.

I can sometimes identify Quebecois, but not by accent. If I identify them, it's by the combination of French accent with Canadian personalities or North American mannerisms.
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Parrcrow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 12:17 PM
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36. Nope
I'm from southern Ontario
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leftofthedial Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 11:39 AM
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27. what's this thread aboot, eh?
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RevolutionaryActs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 11:41 AM
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30. Yup.
There's just this little something. At least to me anyway. :shrug:
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flamingyouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 11:43 AM
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31. I'm soory to say, yes
;)
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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 12:14 PM
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34. Some
I usually ask them to recite the alphabet if I really wanna know.

If they say "zed" at the end, I got em!
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xmas74 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 12:15 PM
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35. Yes.
In my region it sounds like my old home.

I usually ask them if they are from the North.
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Aristus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 12:26 PM
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37. I'm sore-ee to say, but you Canadians doo hyave a very
distinctive accent, but that's something to shoat aboat, so don't worry. B-)
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progmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 12:28 PM
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39. you can even guess where in canada they're from....eh?
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tenshi816 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 12:33 PM
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40. Not sure about that myself.
I grew up in Georgia but have lived most of my adult life in England. Many people, both in the UK and in the States, think that I'm Canadian because of what my accent has become. Make of that what you will.
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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 12:34 PM
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41. To my ear it sounds a lot like a Minnesota accent
even if you're out west in British Columbia, eh.
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BikeWriter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 12:38 PM
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42. My Friend in Prince George, British Columbia sounds normal.
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u4ic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 12:45 PM
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43. There's also a distinct accent
for Ukrainians descendants who have settled in the Prairies (can't say about Manitoba, but definitely Saskatchewan and Alberta).
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meow2u3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 12:51 PM
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44. One of the Olympic commentators mentioned this
He said some of the other athletes, including the hockey players, thought the members of the US curling team were Canadian. Could it be because Minnesota is so close to Canada? :shrug:
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