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Old 05-29-2005, 07:16 PM   #1
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For anyone who doesn't know this, I am a Canadian girl, living in Texas.

So I am on the phone with someone the other day (who wanted one of the puppies from my neighbours dog) and after about 2 minutes of talking to me he asked me if I was from "up north" I said that yes, I am from Canada. Then he said that his next question was going to be "Am I Canadian?"

I really don't think I talk all that different from Americans, certain words maybe. But after two minutes my accent was so strong he could tell! I didn't even say eh or anything...not that I know of anyway.


So, opinions from others....do us Canucks really talk so different from Americans?

And to Canadians....isn't eh seriously one of the best words in the English language? haha. I say it sometimes without even realizing it.
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hey that is okay we talk differnet than you canucks it's just the fact that you are living in the Us that makes you have the accent if I went to canada I am the one with the english accent.

did you say "all a boot" he he

it's not only the "eh" that tips people off their are other things that you folks say that we don't and it's the way you say it.

but be proud of your accent and don't try and change it for anything.
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I've had people in my travels pin me as being Canadian, but only one person was able to tell what Canadian city I live in. I was pretty amazed.

I hardly ever say eh, but I'm guilty of letting the odd one slip here & there
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Canadians talk different, for sure...eh?

There's a difference in accents in Canada, but I haven't yet had enough exposure to be able to distinguish them...but I can say, without a doubt, that there is a noticeable difference between any American accent and Canadian ones. The only people I think wouldn't know the difference are people who live close to the border, simply because they probably have similar accents!
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Even in the States; Western, Southern, and Northern accents are very different as well.
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As tadpole said, there are many different accents in the US. I live in WI (which is rather clsoe to Canada) so everyone arouind here talks normal! No in all honesty, i get made fun for my "midwester accent" which is just a variation of the Canadian accent.

My brother moved to TN so he points it out all the time.

What you said about people noticing - i used to work at a call center that took call for a major casino. The chain was predominately based in the south so most people visiting were southerners. Hhaha they loved calling where there was a bunch of us midwesterners! 2 secs onthe phone and theyd be like 'you're not from here are ya?"
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hehe, you guys pronounce anything with an 'ou' in it funny, you say it like it's spelt with 'oo'. For example, house, mouse, about = hoose, moose, aboot in Canadian. Yep, that's when the Canadian accent shines, along with all the eh's of course. I love it
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No, they dont, not really. I lived with two guys from calgary for a while... They sounded perfectly regular except when they decided to "canuk it up." My co-worker from vancouver was the same.

however, people from michigan and wisconsin and minnesota have that funny vowely thing. they make me giggle..
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I think there is a slight accent. People used to say I sounded Canadian (WTF?)...maybe b/c my mom is British and I picked up some of that and some American...??
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If someone from Texas asked me if I was from "up north" I'd laugh! Isn't the majority of North America (both states AND Canada) north of Texas, which would also mean that if you spoke anything different then what they were used to then you'd most likely be a northerner.

Seriously though... I find people generally hear that there is an accent when others speak, but they have trouble defining where it's from most of the time. My slight Polish accent gets confused with French all the time (they are not even close), but I don't mind. As for generalizing things like "All canadians say 'eh' or aboot" is like saying all Americans have a southern drawl or all British use cockney - it just isn't so!
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As for generalizing things like \"All canadians say 'eh' or aboot\" is like saying all Americans have a southern drawl or all British use cockney - it just isn't so!
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That’s the thing about accents, you think you don't have one and then you leave your home and bam! You have an accent, I live and have lived in Texas all my life and never considered my self to have an accent, but when I leave the state people can pick up on it. I think it has something to do with what I say rater than how I say it.
Ex: fixin to, ya'll, reckon, yonder, and when I’m too drunk all the words get real slow and drawn out. One time when I was in Mexico I was hinging out with some girls from New Jersey, they were all drunk talking with sever east coast accents and I was wasted spiting out a real slow draw. Man it was like two completely different languages.
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I have a newfoundland "townie" accent. everyone in the world has some sort of accent.

I've never said aboot or pronounced mouse like moose in my life.
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I'm a Canadian, married to an American and have lived in 7 different states, as well as overseas. There's no question Canadians speak differently, but I don't think it's as obvious as "eh" and "aboot", which is NOT the way we speak! My husband can usually understand me, but his friends don't always, especially my sense of humour. It's more in the expressions, rhythm and speed of speech, I think. And I think the influence of Britain in our culture plays a big part in that, too.
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Anything above Virginia and Kentucky is considered the "North".



Here is a map of the dialect tregions of the US. Each region sounds noticable different.

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Originally posted by benna2@May 29 2005, 06:15 PM

And to Canadians....isn't eh seriously one of the best words in the English language? haha. I say it sometimes without even realizing it.*
For sure, eh? hahahaha....

It gets even weirder in Toronto, when the 1st generation Canadians speak with a mixture of their native accent, Canadian accent and urban slang.

As in... "Yo, that is wack eh!" hehehe
Personally the only "eh" i say a lot is "...I know, EH!"

Hahaha...never heard anyone say "A boot" though.
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I never say aboot I really don't know anyone who does...but I do say eh sometimes and if someone mentions me saying I tend to say it more its funny eh
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I 100% agree with tumblez it's more the rhythm of speech than how we say things... Toronto and Southern Ontario dips into the states so people say we sound just like them (or they sound just like us.. either way) you can definetly tell the difference...

On an added note... I looked up why Canadians say "Eh" and it's actually a form of politeness (not that most of us know that) it's a way of inviting someone else's opinion into the conversation.

"This is great food Eh?"
in a way it's a substitution for "What do you think?"
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the best accent I've ever heard was newfinese...a mix of newfoundland and chinese accents.
hard to understand but sounds wild!
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Depends on the Canuck, in my experience. I know some Americans that sound more Canadian than some Canadians I know.

They do, generally have an 'accent' depending on what part of the country they're from. (just like you can tell an American from Minnesota apart from someone from Alabama)

Course, in Texas, everyone who isn't Texan talks funny!
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