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Old 03-17-2013, 07:09 AM
 
Location: OK
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Does the Prince Edward Island accent resemble the "Newfie" accent?
No it doesn't. Every Maritime area has its own distinct sound.
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Old 03-17-2013, 11:25 PM
 
Location: Pomeroy, WA (Near Lewiston, ID)
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I live in Oregon in a beach tourist town & work at a retreat center. I'm originally from California. In the summer we get a LOT of Canadians, mostly from BC but we get a fair share from Alberta. I met so many from Canada last summer that I can now pick out and correctly guess if someone is Canadian or not. I used to only think it was Canadians from Eastern Canada that sounded different, but if you know what to look for they stand out like a pro-cession of knives from A to Zed. A Canadian (not all of them, but many) will ask me while I'm working the directions to "the washroom." If you listen for the "OA" sounds it is a pure dead-giveaway in the way that eh is. Yes, they do use eh. The Minnesota-Dakotas accent is slightly different. I can tell the difference, but sometimes you'll have to ask if they are Canadian or from MN/ND/SD. I can usually tell the MN and Dakotas accent because it sounds almost Canadian but different.
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Old 03-25-2013, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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I like this Canadian accent. Very warm and comforting!


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Old 03-28-2013, 12:27 AM
 
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Gentlemen and Ladies, the very best English speaking voice came out of the Welsh valleys.
Here he is playing the part of the journalist in the LP/CD War of the Worlds

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEWRqMCxza0
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Toronto
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Ummm....

"I'm not bashing you guys, but I don't like the way you talk. You sound bland, you sound strange, and you talk like robots."

I'm sorry. How is that not bashing? What an arsehole.
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:54 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Ummm....

"I'm not bashing you guys, but I don't like the way you talk. You sound bland, you sound strange, and you talk like robots."

I'm sorry. How is that not bashing? What an arsehole.
do you say 'arsehole' with a rhotic accent? LOL
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Old 03-29-2013, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Toronto
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It wouldn't let me type assh*le
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Old 03-29-2013, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Aloverton
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I had a couple British Columbians down here for a week just recently and learned a new Canadianism. (One is originally a Yukoner so it might be a Western Canadianism but isn't just limited to BC.) They rhymed 'garage' with 'fair haj', accent on the first syllable.

To me, telling most Canadians apart from Michiganders, Sconnies, Minnesotans and Nodaks is always a fun challenge because of the similar vowels. I tend to go by the intonation and the more clipped Canadian word endings. It's actually very funny. Was at Zion National Park watching bighorn, and a couple stopped with Nevada plates. I ran to their window to let them know the sheep were close (to discourage noise that might spook them...a favor to them, since bighorn are not that common at all to see and I wanted them to get to enjoy them). While watching, we talked quietly. After three sentences, I said to them, "So where in Canada are you from?" The wife looked both bemused and rueful. "Is it that obvious?"

I've never heard a Canadian say 'aboot,' except when lecturing me how we all accuse them of saying 'aboot' and how wrong it is. I have heard very, very many say 'aboat.' A lot don't say 'eh' (except when lecturing me about how they don't say it and how wrong I supposedly am, when I haven't even expressed a position on the topic...Canadians can be the absolute kings of the pre-emptive strike on cultural issues), but quite a few do. Many will try not to say it in front of people from the States, because they are sick of being kidded about it; a few will brandish it as if to say "Yes, I am Canadian, I expect crap from you, but my name is Joe and I AM CANADIAN! Take that!" Others might say it when they are comfortable with Americans, if they say it to begin with. Still others, likely many, just never think about it.

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Old 04-19-2013, 05:50 PM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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Is this accent on the wane in Canada?


Avro CF-100 Canuck Part 1 - YouTube
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Old 04-22-2013, 12:06 PM
 
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Is this accent on the wane in Canada?


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That just sounds like old time dictation style to me.

BTW, I think the Bob and Doug McKenzie accent is somewhat of a hoax. It sounds almost like a bad Geordie accent or something.
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