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Old 04-11-2009, 09:36 PM
 
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. . . Americans think the way you guys say "about" sounds like "a-boot" when it's really "a-boat." Maybe?
It could well differ from east to west but (having lived in Alberta and now in New Brunswick) I don't hear (or say) "a-boat" - I say a-bout (as in a "bout" of the flu) - like out with a "b" - I have been analysing the whole about thing for a while - from what I can tell, the "out" is more clipped in Canada and pronounced longer in the USA - at least that's what my linguistic spidey senses have determined thus far!
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Old 04-11-2009, 11:37 PM
 
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The biggest difference is really the lilt when speaking. When Canadians speak we generally finish on an up-beat. Almost like asking a question.

Americans generally finish on a down tone.
i agree, it is subtle but a way to distinguish between many Canadians & Americans...although of course there are many Canadians who don't have a lilt and finish on a down tone, but i never hear lilt in the US unless in the context of a question or confrontation/ doubt
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Old 04-12-2009, 10:28 AM
 
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I have never heard a Canadian say Aboot. We say about just like the Americans, Well Americans without an accent. I have no idea where they got the idea that we say aboot.
Maybe to the less atuned ear it sounds like a boot? Maybe by the same people that cannot distinguish the difference between an Aussie accent and a NZ one?

The first time I heard aboot for real, was in Scotland.
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Old 04-12-2009, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, BC
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It could well differ from east to west but (having lived in Alberta and now in New Brunswick) I don't hear (or say) "a-boat" - I say a-bout (as in a "bout" of the flu) - like out with a "b" - I have been analysing the whole about thing for a while - from what I can tell, the "out" is more clipped in Canada and pronounced longer in the USA - at least that's what my linguistic spidey senses have determined thus far!
Exactly.

Now, I have heard "a-boat" from some Canadians - especially if you listen to guys who grow up in rural parts in Canada. Some people say it that way, but many say it a-bout (as in "bout" of flu/"out" with a B in front of it). It's not the American a-baaaout and it's not a-boat. It's the happy medium.
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Old 04-13-2009, 11:15 AM
 
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i had eh and ah-BOAT bad when i left vancouver to florida
drove my sister in law nuts-lol with the eh after every sentence.....
now i only have ah-BOAT and nroot---ie..enoute when i talk, comes out strong ive been told when i drink lots of beer---lol
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Old 04-19-2009, 06:56 AM
 
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I work with many Canadians and there is definitely a difference with the way they speak. The primary words they say differently....about, schedule, progress, process, against, and zed. They also raise their voices up at the end of sentences....there have been studies of the differences in Canadian vs American speaking patterns and it can be marked. When I was in Canada there was a show on TV about it...very different. Interesting.
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Old 04-21-2009, 05:48 PM
 
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Yeah I agree that it sounds more like A-boat than a A-boot. Also, I love how Canadians say the word "against".
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Old 04-21-2009, 05:59 PM
 
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Also, I love how Canadians say the word "against".
... and how is that?

I've heard "against" pronounced amongst Canadians two ways:

1. against - where 'gain' rhymes with cane

2. against - where 'gain' rhymes with hen.

Are these particularly Canadian pronunciations?
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Old 04-21-2009, 06:41 PM
 
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... and how is that?

I've heard "against" pronounced amongst Canadians two ways:

1. against - where 'gain' rhymes with cane

2. against - where 'gain' rhymes with hen.

Are these particularly Canadian pronunciations?
The one where it rhymes with cane, I hear it a lot when I am watching Hockey. The majority of Americans pronounce it like it rhymes with hen.
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Old 12-10-2009, 12:04 AM
 
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Default Do you think the "Canadian Accent" is weakest in Vancouver?

There is such a thing as a "General Canadian" accent, that is different from the various Northern US accents in various ways. However, to me, the traditional "Canadian accent" seems to be most prevalent across the Prairies, Northern areas or rural/ smaller towns.

I have noticed in my time across Canada that it seems those in Vancouver generally seem to have the least strong-sounding Canadian accent (not as pronounced 'ou's) especially among the younger generation who may be increasingly more exposed to U.S. media.

In the same light as those in California having a more neutral-sounding "General American" accent with less 'twang' than those from other U.S. regions.

Considering such a diverse and vast country, Canada generally does not have very clear accent differences (except for Quebec, Newfoundland)...but do others notice that in Vancouver, the stereotypical "Canadian" accent is generally not as strong?
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