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Old 09-16-2014, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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I lived in Canada. People say "aboot".
Right. I live just south of Canada and have been all over the country, and some people say "aboot." Get over it.
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Old 09-16-2014, 12:50 PM
 
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Right. I live just south of Canada and have been all over the country, and some people say "aboot." Get over it.
Isn't it more like 'aboat'?
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Old 09-16-2014, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Jersey City
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Isn't it more like 'aboat'?
Depends on the province.
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Old 09-16-2014, 01:09 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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Isn't it more like 'aboat'?
Depends on where in Canada and the person involved, I suppose. I do not know the breakdown. I do know that a guy in the office who lives in Winnipeg but comes down for a couple days every month clearly says "aboot," and that's just for starters. He also says "eh" all the time at the end of sentences. In some areas of Wisconsin (especially north central, for whatever reason) it's common for people to say "hey" at the end of sentences. Regional ethnic/language backgrounds will alter local structure and pronounciations, and I'm sure there's a rich history (again, that I'm unaware of) of this across the country.
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Old 09-16-2014, 01:16 PM
 
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It's such a stupid stereotype. I am from toronto and I have never in my LIFE heard anyone say aboot. For the most part canadians sound exactly like americans in chicago or something. We don't have an accent.

The only people who talk funny in canada are the newfies and they're like inbred irish fishermen with like a grade 5 education. The rest of is speak just like you. I hope the stereotypes die out eventually.
this is a stupid comment.

What do you mean "we don't have an accent"? Everyone has an accent. Are you implying American accent is the standard English and any deviation from it is an "accent"? Why? Since when American English becomes the standard English internationally? Are you saying the English actually has an English accent, while the Americans have no accents?

Plus, what is an American accent? Seriously? People from Boston or NYC have their accent for sure, not to say West Coast or the south.

You sound offended because some people think Canadian talk a bit different from Americans? Why is that even a bad thing? Why do you want to talk exactly like an American, when you are not American? Isn't Canada pathetic enough to have next to nothing of its own, now you want to argue we all talk exactly like Americans as if it is something to be proud of?
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Old 09-16-2014, 01:18 PM
 
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Canadisns also say "dee" for day and "key-yet" for cat. Bet you didn't know that eh?
haha.

I never heard a Canadian say "key-yet" for cat, but know for a fact that many Californians say "see-ad" for "sad". Jennifer Anniston for example.
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Old 09-16-2014, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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^ lol. I don't know why my fellow canadians are embarrassed about saying aboot? It's quite charming actually and very cute. It makes me sad how when canadians become famous in the states they get rid of their canadian accents (likely from expensive Accent reduction classes) to sound more american. We should be proud of our goofy accent.
Agreed - I love "talkin' sconsin," and so do a good amount of my friends, though I don't have a thick accent in everyday speech. It's part of what makes everyone's little corner of the world more unique.
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Old 09-16-2014, 03:04 PM
 
Location: Seymour, CT
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I can spot a Canadian accent pretty easily.

When I worked for PODS we serviced mostly the USA, but we expanded to Canada and it only takes about 2 or 3 words before I knew I was speaking to a Canadian and would bring up the Canadian service screen and be correct probably 95% of the time (except when said Canadian was living in the USA lol).

Now there is something called a "generic" American accent where people have over the years purposely curbed their regional accents. There are even speech therapists to achieve this for people who have heavy accents (mostly for business purposes). I have a regional accent from CT, but at work I try to drop the accent as much as I can to sound more professional as many others do.

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Old 09-22-2014, 02:58 PM
 
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A strong Canadian accent sounds sort of Scandinavian, or like a North East England accent.
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Old 09-22-2014, 04:05 PM
 
Location: Vernon, British Columbia
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haha.

I never heard a Canadian say "key-yet" for cat, but know for a fact that many Californians say "see-ad" for "sad". Jennifer Anniston for example.
I've heard a few Canadians say "bee-yatch" after looking at the map and noticing that Canada is always on top.

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People who think they "have no accent" should take a dialect quiz. Like this one: Quiz - Which American accent do you have? - YouThink.com .
No surprise here:

North Central: What people call the "Minnesota accent." Sounds almost Canadian. You may have even been asked if you were from Canada before.
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