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952 hits Rate me! Share Favorite | Flag 19 years ago by dimension

Can you tell the difference between the American and Canadian accents?


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19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 6/26/03 - 5:18:50 PM EST (GMT-5)
Only when Canadians say "been" and "about".
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 6/26/03 - 5:27:22 PM EST (GMT-5)
Not only those words, they just talk funny.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 6/26/03 - 5:27:45 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes. Another word they pronounce differently is "again." In Canada, it's pronounced /uh GAIN/. Another one is "capillaries". They pronounce it as /kuh PILL uh rees/ instead of the usual /CAP uh LE rees/. Another one is "laboratory": /luh BOHR uh toh ree/ There is a distinctive difference how Canadians pronounce that short /a/ sound as in the word "crappy". Their short /a/ sounds like there is a slight flavor of the short /e/ as the first e in "elegant".
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 6/26/03 - 5:28:01 PM EST (GMT-5)
Depends on where in each country a person is from. I don't really think that my "accent" is different at all from someone who lives in Washington state, but it's quite different than someone who lives in Quebec, Newfoundland or many other parts of the southern and eastern states.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 6/26/03 - 5:28:38 PM EST (GMT-5)
They pronounce been like it's spelled (bean) whereas in America it's pronounced bin.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 6/26/03 - 5:30:16 PM EST (GMT-5)
The American short /a/ sounds like there is that long /e/ sound before that very short /uh/ sound. The Canadian short /a/ is pronounced like the American short /a/ with a lower jaw, thus opening the jaw a little bit more.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 6/26/03 - 6:43:16 PM EST (GMT-5)
eh? :)
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 6/26/03 - 8:22:00 PM EST (GMT-5)
ooo geee yes, they are only slightly different though...like soooory, or sooory
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 6/26/03 - 8:58:15 PM EST (GMT-5)
they talk funny we don't so ya
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 6/26/03 - 9:20:08 PM EST (GMT-5)
I always can by the way they say about or house - Canadians turn 'ou' into 'ooh'
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 6/26/03 - 9:20:57 PM EST (GMT-5)
not may Canadians here.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 6/27/03 - 3:54:59 AM EST (GMT-5)
they sound exactly the same to me!
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 6/27/03 - 4:08:18 AM EST (GMT-5)
Sometimes you can tell the difference, although i've made the mistake of asking a canadian if he was American and he wasn't best pleased.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 6/27/03 - 8:25:50 AM EST (GMT-5)
ive made that mistake too, its harder i guess for non-north-americans to tell the difference.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 6/27/03 - 8:31:15 AM EST (GMT-5)
No, I can't really tell, but my canadian friend always goes on about the word "about"...
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 6/27/03 - 8:34:27 AM EST (GMT-5)
I talk to Americans and Canadians all the time. It depends where your from in the US or Canada. People in ALberta and Saskatchewan say things a bit differently than BC, and people in Newfoundland is a whole new language all together. In the US i notice a bit of a difference in California, and a larger difference in Texas(usually). Not to mention the Mississippi areas. Both of our countries are riddled with weird little accents. I don't really notice much of any accent in Vancouver, we've got too many people from all over the world to have a particualr accent.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 6/27/03 - 8:36:15 AM EST (GMT-5)
Oh, also, for the words, "about" and things like that, I'm not positive about elsewhere, but I've never really encountered any fellow Canadians who pronounce it "a-boot", unless they are talking to some Americans, and they find it funny to act stereotypical. no offense intended here, they just do it
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 6/27/03 - 8:41:18 AM EST (GMT-5)
I suppose you can't generalise because even in the uk which is a hell of lot smaller you have tons of regional accents.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 6/27/03 - 8:44:29 AM EST (GMT-5)
lots of regional accents in the UK and i can tell mjost apart because im from here
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 6/27/03 - 8:48:31 AM EST (GMT-5)
They sound the same to me, Exceptions of english dialect popping out here and there.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 6/27/03 - 9:16:48 AM EST (GMT-5)
Aboot. I enjoy that.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 6/27/03 - 9:19:04 AM EST (GMT-5)
Canadians don't have accents, Anyone who thinks they actually say "aboot" is an idiot.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 6/27/03 - 9:22:14 AM EST (GMT-5)
Well, uh, that's what they say in the movies, so it MUST be true, Trips.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 6/27/03 - 11:00:43 AM EST (GMT-5)
"Canadians don't have accents" is a pretty idiotic thing to say too!
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 6/27/03 - 11:09:29 AM EST (GMT-5)
Thanks Trips & dimension. I like the line "Well, uh, that's what they say in the movies, so it MUST be true". Yeah, right.

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