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Old 01-25-2011, 08:24 PM
 
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Britain is closer culturally to the rest of Europe

 
Old 01-25-2011, 09:13 PM
 
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As an immigrant from North America I would have to disagree: I live in the Midlands and it took me three months to understand what the people here were saying. I was used to the London accents and the Midlands accent was a challenge for me.

Anyone who understands linguistics knows that understanding an accent has to do with one's ear atuning to the accent - and that takes time if it is new. "Head banging" wasn't of much use - but after time, talking and listening to the natives fixed the problem.
It's funny you should say that. I heard a story from a friend from Birmingham (UK, west midlands) about his visit to America. Apparently, one of the locals
complemented him on his English and asked what country he came from

Though, there are many different strong dialects for such a small country. You just have to 'tune in', as you say.
 
Old 01-26-2011, 01:33 AM
 
Location: San Francisco
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US is more like Brazil or something.
In what alternate universe?!
 
Old 01-29-2011, 07:23 AM
 
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Closer to the US.
 
Old 01-29-2011, 02:41 PM
 
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Canadians see the British more akin to Americans and we see ourselves more akin to the Nordic countries.
Americans certainly see the British as Americans with a cute accent. Poll after poll after poll consistently show that Americans view Britain as their favoured friend and ally.............not Canada. Canadians are very cool with that.
Frankly most Americans view Britain as a cute, funny, and unique suburb.
 
Old 01-29-2011, 03:43 PM
 
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Canadians see the British more akin to Americans and we see ourselves more akin to the Nordic countries.
Americans certainly see the British as Americans with a cute accent. Poll after poll after poll consistently show that Americans view Britain as their favoured friend and ally.............not Canada. Canadians are very cool with that.
Frankly most Americans view Britain as a cute, funny, and unique suburb.
But since most Americans can't find Canada on a map I'm not sure we need to take their views seriously.
 
Old 01-30-2011, 12:21 PM
 
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Canadians see the British more akin to Americans ...
Not this Canadian. Who lives in Britain. In fact the ONLY similarity I see between Americans and Brits is the penchant for the press dragging every politicians dirt out in public and splashing it across the newspapers.

IMO, Brits aren't like Americans at all, apart from the above.
 
Old 01-30-2011, 12:24 PM
 
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But since most Americans can't find Canada on a map I'm not sure we need to take their views seriously.
According to one international National Geographic test, 57% of them couldn't find their own country on a world map without labels. But that doesn't mean we should discount what they think. They are a superpower with nuclear weapons. I'm all ears.
 
Old 01-31-2011, 09:34 AM
 
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Canadians see the British more akin to Americans .
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Not sure this is true. Most Canadians who have never been to the UK would expect the country to be quite "non-American". Most who visit the UK tend to be a bit surprised at the ubiquity and omnipresence of American stuff there (TV, movies, music, fast food chains, etc.). Most honestly expect the UK to be more uniquely British - or at least less overtly U.S.-influenced anyway.

Most Canadians realize and think that they are the most American of the big Commonwealth countries, and that the UK-Australia-NZ form a closer bond than Canada-UK does.

Also, I find many Canadians tend to exaggerate how British their own country really is. This is a probably something of an ad hoc defence mechanism against Americanization.

Finally, many Canadians believe they have a commonality with Australians: Commonwealth/British heritage, English-speaking, "new world attitude", countries with a handful of big cities and relatively empty land mass in the rest, etc. Not sure how much Canadians and Australians really have in common culturally, but my experience/observation has been that Canadians and Australians get a long quite well.

Though whether they necessarily get along better than Canadians-Americans or Canadians-Brits, I am not sure...
 
Old 02-04-2011, 09:27 PM
 
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According to one international National Geographic test, 57% of them couldn't find their own country on a world map without labels. But that doesn't mean we should discount what they think. They are a superpower with nuclear weapons. I'm all ears.
National Geographic test conducted by whom?
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