Posted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 3:49 pm
Holy crap .. I've bin missing oot on all dis accent talkin'.
Canada, much like the U.S. has a number of regional accents.
Newfoundland has one that's so thick it can be hard to understand.
The Maritime provinces also have a distinct accent.
Quebec is french - so that's a completely different scene.
Ontario has the accent that most Americans refer to, with the "aboot" and "houwse".
As you move further west that goes away.
Graham - you sound normal - except for the "trout and about" part.
Here's another pronunciation difference :
We say Mazda, Pasta and Nirvana etc .. with the "a" sound as in "pan" or "ban".
While Americans pronounce them with the "a" sounding like "aah"
"Maahzda" .. "Paahsta"
American tourist boarding my bus:
"Well go-olly ... we don't have buses in _____.
Where do y'all put the money at ??"
"In the big farebox right in front of you."
"Well shooo-oot looky there, ain't that fancy. Now how much is it ?"
"It's $2.50, like it says on the sign"
"Dang, I just don't understand your money, can you do it ??"
"Sure, these ones are quarters - just like in hazzard county ... and this one is a dollar, it's easy to remember because it says "ONE DOLLAR" on the coin"
"God bless you .. and the USA."