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Old 09-14-2014, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Cedar Rapids
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The rest of is speak just like you.
No, no you don't, you have less of an accent, less of a twang, and less of the nasal. Ever been to the south suburbs of Chicago? Cleveland? You guys don't have nearly the nasal accent we have in the US.
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Old 09-14-2014, 09:23 AM
 
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I actually think the typical Canadian accent is much more subdued and educated than the Northern American accent. You don't get that nasal effect nearly as much.

Sometimes you do hear that "aboat" for about, which carries into parts of WI and MN ... however here you often here..

in Midwestern US:
"Naht" for not
"Haaht" for hot
"Theeeaaat" for that
"Dee-ad" for dad

When I hear Canadians say "that" or "dad" .. the "A" is very flat compared to Midwestern Americans.

the nasal "o's" and "a's" virtually stop when you cross from Detroit into Windsor, pretty interesting.
Oh, yes.

I lived in Michigan for years, and I have family in Buffalo, NY, so I know the accent well. You call it a Northern American accent, but I now refer to it as a Great Lakes accent. You hear it throughout Michigan, Chicago, Western New York, and parts of Ohio, Wisconsin and Minnesota. Yeah, it's very nasally and hard on the ears. I'll take a Canadian accent any day over a Great Lakes accent.

FYI, there's currently a thread in the Michigan forum about the Michigan accent.
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Old 09-14-2014, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Cedar Rapids
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FYI, there's currently a thread in the Michigan forum about the Michigan accent.
You shouldn't have told me that, I have too much fun talking about accents. I've already been there and back now.
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Old 09-14-2014, 01:40 PM
 
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I think South Park had a big thing to do with it. Lol
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Old 09-14-2014, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Who Cares, USA
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The big giveaway to me is when Canadians say the word "sorry". It comes out sounding like "soary". I've heard people from BC say it this way, Toronto, Quebec, and even the Eastern maritime provinces. You guys could almost pass for American until you say that word.

Oh, and the word "house". That's another dead giveaway.
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Old 09-14-2014, 06:56 PM
 
Location: Jersey City
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The big giveaway to me is when Canadians say the word "sorry". It comes out sounding like "soary". I've heard people from BC say it this way, Toronto, Quebec, and even the Eastern maritime provinces. You guys could almost pass for American until you say that word.

Oh, and the word "house". That's another dead giveaway.
"Progress" and "process" are other giveaways.
Or if they ask you of you know whether Tim Hortons will make change for a twonie.
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Old 09-14-2014, 07:37 PM
 
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Because you do, reet eh?
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Old 09-14-2014, 07:38 PM
 
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"Progress" and "process" are other giveaways.
Or if they ask you of you know whether Tim Hortons will make change for a twonie.
They goooo to Temmy's to get a dahble dahble and then go "oat" to "Noooo Frells" to get a "bayg" of "melk" for the keds' brackfast. It's quate an engrooosing pro-cess, ya know?
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Old 09-14-2014, 08:07 PM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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Old 09-14-2014, 09:24 PM
 
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Canadians absolutely do say "aboot".

I watch "The National" and the Toronto 11 PM news when visiting in-laws in Michigan (they get CBC in Michigan). The news casters most definitely say "aboot".
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