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Old 04-20-2012, 05:45 PM
 
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the acadians had to choose between pledging allegiance to the british crown and renouncing their catholic faith or being cast off to sea on a dingy

who in their right mind would pick the latter is beyond me

its not like the brits were the bad guys and the french were saints or like they were joining the waffen SS and satanism
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Old 04-20-2012, 05:54 PM
 
Location: Caribou, Me.
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Very interesting. I've often wondered if any of the Pelletier family or their employees (from the show American Loggers) speak French. A few of them have accents very similar to an old hockey coach of mine. He was born and raised just outside of Montreal and immigrated to the United States after college and still retained a thick French Canadian accent and of course spoke French fluently. The guys on American Loggers seem to have the accent, but I wonder if its because French is/was their first language or because it's just the predominate accent of the area where they grew up?

Deere, I would bet they do speak French. That is a thick accent they have, and it typically goes with bilingualism up here.
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Old 04-20-2012, 05:57 PM
 
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the acadians had to choose between pledging allegiance to the british crown and renouncing their catholic faith or being cast off to sea on a dingy

who in their right mind would pick the latter is beyond me

its not like the brits were the bad guys and the french were saints or like they were joining the waffen SS and satanism
The British lied to the Acadians. The Acadians only agreed to have an oath to the British Crown on the condition that they were to remain neutral during the war. They didn't want to side with France or Britain. British troops lied to the Acadians, pretending to accept their neutrality stance, then later demanding that the Acadians side with Britain. The Acadians said NO.The British began plotting to expel the French-speaking settlers from where they were living. Those who accepted British rule stayed. Those who didn't were expelled. Those who were expelled didn't want to be ruled by the British. They didn't see themselves as British, therefore, refused to be subjected to the British Crown.
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Old 04-20-2012, 06:18 PM
 
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I was just about to mention Evangeline (one of my favorite poems) when I read your post.
And most importantly, Evangeline is purely fiction, although many Canadians are surprised at that fact.
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Old 04-20-2012, 06:21 PM
 
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How bout the difference between a brit and an australian??

The australians Ive met get offended if you ask them if they are british, as do the British-
from a distance, they sound similar to me- but close up, I can usually tell the difference
I do enjoy listening to both, very intriguing accents.

from a brit, and an australian, im sure they sound nothing alike
How about the difference between a Canadian and an American eh?
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Old 04-20-2012, 06:26 PM
 
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Ummmm...no. They both have the same roots. Geographical separation of the two societies by a mountain range on the Iberian Peninsula resulted in some divergence as the languages developed, Brazilian Portuguese is even further divergent due to greater separation. Having learned Spanish, I had little difficulty in communication living amongst Portuguese.

However, rather than argue based on personal experience, I'll take the easy way out and just point you at the wiki:

Differences between Spanish and Portuguese - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The differences between European French, Canadian French, and the Acadian and Cajun dialects have similar divergences caused by geographical separation, with each retaining or discarding influences from other languages.
Canadian French to others ears is described as'' joual'', the differences are very complicated.
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Old 04-21-2012, 06:57 AM
 
Location: Log "cabin" west of Bangor
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Canadian French to others ears is described as'' joual'', the differences are very complicated.
Yeah, I was a little screwed up at first when I studied [European] French in school, after having become accustomed to hearing the pronunciations of the Canadian French at my friend's house...especially when it came to reading and writing- words that I had previously only heard spoken were spelled rather differently from what I thought they were.
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