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Old 07-16-2012, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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I watched a few episodes of "Holmes on Homes" last night. I have to admit the accents were quite thick from Mike and the others!

On the other hand, I think many Americans don't recognize Canadian accents. How many people below the 49th recognized you as Canadian when you came down here?

I don't think it is accurate to say that French-speaking Quebeckers have "French" accents. To me, that would be like saying Americans speak with English accents! Is there a more accurate term?
For the comparison to be valid, we would have to be talking about Americans speaking languages other than English, and the accent they have. I would have to give this some thought - do Americans sound different from Brits when speaking French or Spanish? Hmmm.

As for French-speaking people in Quebec, certainly in French they are not thought of as having a ''French'' accent. Their accent is very distinctive and is called Québécois or French Canadian. When speaking in English, it is also a distinctive accent when compared to that of France, although in this part of the world - including the NE US and Florida - the accent of Québécois speaking in English is what most people would call a ''French'' (sic) accent because that is the one they most often hear.

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What kind of accent would you say this lady has?


Genevieve Bujold on Clint Eastwood - YouTube
Definitely Québécois. Fluent and comfortable but accented English. If I go through extended periods without speaking any English my accent tends to sound a bit like this.
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Old 07-16-2012, 10:53 AM
 
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What we in the US call a "Canadian" accent can also be heard in Northern Wisconsin, the upper peninsula of Michigan and a few other areas on the Northern Border.

You can also hear Canadian French and its accent in English in some border areas of New England. The American writer Jack Kerouac, born in Lowell Mass. was of French Canadian extraction. His birth name was Jean Louis Kerouac and he spoke French-Canadian dialect called Joual until he learned English at age six, not speaking it confidently until his late teens. He wrote two of his early novels in French and began his famous work "On The Road" in the french language later rewriting it in English.

Are there any other Canadian writers who wrote in French?
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Old 07-16-2012, 09:08 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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What we in the US call a "Canadian" accent can also be heard in Northern Wisconsin, the upper peninsula of Michigan and a few other areas on the Northern Border.

You can also hear Canadian French and its accent in English in some border areas of New England. The American writer Jack Kerouac, born in Lowell Mass. was of French Canadian extraction. His birth name was Jean Louis Kerouac and he spoke French-Canadian dialect called Joual until he learned English at age six, not speaking it confidently until his late teens. He wrote two of his early novels in French and began his famous work "On The Road" in the french language later rewriting it in English.

Are there any other Canadian writers who wrote in French?
There is an entire national literature that exists in French here. Here is some info on it:
Quebec literature - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 08-01-2012, 01:05 AM
 
Location: The heart of Cascadia
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Default Can you understand this accent?


newfoundland accent - YouTube

Lmao, is that even English?
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Old 08-01-2012, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Verde Valley
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Yes, about 95% of it....maybe you have to be Canadian to understand it!
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Old 08-01-2012, 08:05 AM
 
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Regional dialects eh! love em.
Heres some mountain dialects from Appalachia Appalachian English - YouTube

Then theres Peter Mackay exhibiting another Canadian dialect Franglais.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gY_G_aVt0Yg&feature=plcp

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Old 08-01-2012, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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I can understand most of it but I have had a lot more exposure to English than most francophone Canadians.
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Old 08-01-2012, 10:22 PM
 
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I don`t think that`s actually hard to understand, it`s the fact that it`s mid way through conversation, if you just jump into the middle of any conversation it`s a little hard to figure out what there saying.
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Old 08-16-2012, 12:07 AM
 
Location: The heart of Cascadia
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Default How do American accents sound to Canadian ears?

Would you say that they sound similar to the way Southern accents sound to the ears of non-Southern Americans?

The way I see it, there is a spectrum from north to south in American dialects, from clipped and rounded to drawly and 'oval'. The clipped/rounded sound increases with latitude and the drawly and oval sound decreases with latitude.

Would a Canadian be able to pick out the 'Americanness' of speech from a border region such as the Pacific Northwest, Upper Midwest or northern New England? Would it sound slightly drawly and tonal to their ears? Or would they not be able to distinguish it from the way a Canadian would talk?

I took a trip to Toronto four months ago and I found that the accent of people in Ohio sounded quite strange and almost 'southern' after being in Ontario for 10 days then being in Ohio on the way back home.
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Old 08-16-2012, 12:30 AM
 
Location: Canada
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Yes, I can generally hear the accent of people from Northern States when I'm in them, although sometimes Americans from these states unconsciously tone down their accents when in Canada, so Northerners can often pass as Canadians, especially if they're in a city as people in cities often end up with accents closer to "American Standard". I don't know what to tell you though about how they sound to me. American accents do all seem to sound a bit more drawly, yes, although I'm not going to confuse a Vermonter with someone from the South any time soon even if he does sound different from me. I mean, my ears aren't broken, it`s the same accent you hear...
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