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51. Posted by funnygal (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

I love threads like this! I've been to the US 5 times and not once was I ever asked if I was from Australia. Funny how people here have said Aussie and British accents are similar, yet people used to constantly ask if we were from New Zealand! So there you go.

And by the way, many people from the state of South Australia, primarily their capital, Adelaide, have a distinct accent, they pronounce some words differently, like chance, dance etc, they pronounce it with an "aahh" sound as in "ma", most other Aussies use the flat "a" sound as in "cat". They almost have a slight English accent, and you can usually tell when someone is from South Australia after speaking with them for a while.

I'm from Sydney and I have to say that I don't hear different accents between Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane cities.

52. Posted by CanadaBoi (Budding Member 31 posts) 10y

Call me just a crazy fool but is it just me and my lack of international experience or do western Canadians and some of dem der Americans have the least overall accent, in other words the most plain (not to be mean or demeaning) and generic accents in the world. I am a western Canadian, so mebbe I am just biased, but I don't see how most of us have an accent at all.

53. Posted by mat44 (Full Member 58 posts) 10y

Quoting CanadaBoi

Call me just a crazy fool but is it just me and my lack of international experience or do western Canadians and some of dem der Americans have the least overall accent, in other words the most plain (not to be mean or demeaning) and generic accents in the world. I am a western Canadian, so mebbe I am just biased, but I don't see how most of us have an accent at all.

yes i know exactly how you feel but trust me, to the Australian ear and most likely every country outside of N. America you guys do have a fairly strong accent... its very.. um.. american/canadian haha. Australian accents seem to be percieved in a very exagerated manner but to us we have no accent. How do other countries see the aussie accent?

54. Posted by Peter P. (Budding Member 35 posts) 10y

CanadaBoi, its somewhat true what you're saying, but you are biased J. Apparently the northeastern North American dialect (metropolitan Toronto, for example) is considered to be the most neutral one in the English speaking world. I've been told, in fact, that many actors come from out of town to learn the accent so that they may be clearly understood by everyone else. This is especially true within North America - It's somewhat like the south Sydney accent for Aus or... I think it's the Cambridge accent in England... I'm not sure if that where it's from... The "stereotypical" British accent that is neither the Queen's English nor Cockney, and neither South England nor North.... "Cambridge" sounds right.
Anyway, to answer – yes there's an accent that you don't hear because you're used to it, but it's also right in the middle of the English accent spectrum (from Queen's to Texan I guess), making it relatively neutral.

Oh, and mat44 – we, like most other people in the world, find the Australian accent very attractive for the most part... Depending on who's speaking it of course! ;)

[ Edit: Edited at Aug 16, 2006 8:47 AM by Peter P. ]

55. Posted by CanadaBoi (Budding Member 31 posts) 10y

Ok well I am glad to hear I am completely crazy, but this topic has obviously gotten way over my head. haha

56. Posted by Canadian1 (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

Well I live in a border city, Sault Ste Marie,On. We border with Sault Saint Marie, Mich I can drive across the bridge (1.3km) enter the United states and it is a whole different world there ! the americans speak to me differently like I am from far away. " Ur from up in Canada!" " It sure is nice up in Canada !" And I think to myself damn! we can see each other from across the river ! so I will type a phrase the way a canadain would say it then type it the way someone from Michigan would say it
Canadian " we are going to get some pop and sit up on the roof of the college and see if we can shoot a bear"
Michiganer" We's goin ta git a soda and sit up on the ruuf of the callage and see if we's cant shoot a bar"

57. Posted by osborne (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

I think the different is mostly comming from spritrul difference. Canadians are more conservitive. You'll feel it even they say the exact accent

58. Posted by china_cat (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

Quoting Isadora

We say it and it rhymes with out - they say it and it rhymes with boot.

When I say about, it rhyms with "out"!! haha

59. Posted by purplebutt (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

I am a Canadian (Winnipegger), who was in Texas for about 5 or 6 months, and it freaked me out (owt, not oot), when one day I used y'all and eh in the same sentence. lol

60. Posted by TeflonCDN (Full Member 128 posts) 10y

" we are going to get some pop (or beer?) and sit up on the roof of the college and see if we can shoot a bear"

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I thought this was a post about accents, not silly notions about how Canadians live. (Hmmm, this would make a great new thread).

Anyway, everyone knows the best place to hunt bear from the roof of a school is probably Churchill Manitoba! Bring large a calibre rifle... those bears are big, and mean, and white.