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11. Posted by Kapuchok (Full Member 101 posts) 11y

Quoting Wocca

Do travellers pick your nationality as soon as you speak?

No way... mostly say.. "oh you are Spanish or Italian...I went mad!! eheheh
NO! NO! I´m portuguese!!! lololooo

12. Posted by dpd (Full Member 138 posts) 11y

I've always thought my accent was easy to pick out especially if I've had a drink. But I've been told it sounds anything from American to New Zeland but never indian strangly enough!

13. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 11y

I find that sometimes you can tell the difference between a Canadian and American accent (excluding the distinct accents in both countries). I don't know what it is. I guess Canadians tend to sound more home-maker-from-the-fifties than Americans (don't ask, it makes sense in my head).

As for getting picked out as Canadian, it has happened. In the U.S., everyone seems to know immediately that I'm from Canada. This one guy said to me that we look like normal Americans, and then when we open our mouths he knows right away that we aren't. I've also been told I say "eh," but I've tried to listen to myself and I still can't hear it. I just think it's a really bad stereotype. In Europe, I was assumed to be American everywhere but France. In France, they knew I was an anglophone Canadian. When I asked why, a few people said that I speak French without the "awful" Quebecois accent (their words, not mine!). When assumed to be American, I wasn't treated that well. One time a very old, very drunk Italian man came up to me swearing about Americans ("bleep-ing Americanos!"). This is the reason why us Canadians wear our flags all over the place. :)

Cheers,
Katie ;)

14. Posted by brad_cat (Budding Member 15 posts) 11y

Very true Katie... I've already had a couple people assume I was from the States and I've only been in Australia for half a day. With all the American TV I've watched over the years I probably sound similar I suppose. I still catch myself saying "eh" all the time though...

Brad

15. Posted by ragnhild (Budding Member 16 posts) 11y

Having lived 5 years in the Higlands of Scotland, nobody seems to be able to hear that I am really from Norway. But the strange thing is that all the Scottish people seem to think I am from Ireland and the Irish people think I am from Scotland! So recon I must come from Isle of Man.

16. Posted by NiuMei84 (Full Member 113 posts) 11y

Usually peeps think that I'm from England or something.;)Well,when I started studying english in school we were taught to speak with british words and sorta accents too but ever since my english sounds like american english..these days it's mixed by australian accent too..well,what can you expect if you spend 10 months in that lovely country!

17. Posted by Cbppc25 (Full Member 75 posts) 11y

Wow, no american posts yet? We americans usually get pegged as americans...figures. Or english. Not all of us absurdly nationalistic, you know. That's why we love to wear canadian flags all over the place!
When i was in france with a couple of friends last year we went horseback riding. When the ride guides found out we were american they all laughed in disbelief. Apparently we weren't fat enough to be americans:( haha.
I can pick most accents, but i do have trouble with the aussie, NZ one.

chad

18. Posted by noemagosa (Full Member 355 posts) 11y

I have a southern France accent when I speak French (grew up there;)), a "porteno" accent (from Buenos-Aires) when I speak spanish, and well... French accent again when I speak English, but curiously, people told me, I have no accent while speaking German :) !! I have been mistaken as a native in Rome... as a Greek in London... as a Spanier in Canada!! Oh well!...

19. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

Americans and Canadians can pick out that I am Canadian, but anyone from overseas can't tell the difference.

Canadians tend to draw out the o sound in words like south, house or about. Americans say we say "aboot" instead of "about," but really it's more of a "abowt." The eh is easy to spot too. Canadians will tend to say "eh?" at the end of any sentence where they are asking a question, or looking for confirmation that you are following or understand them.

When I was in Tanzania, I actually had locals asking me if I was British, which I sound NOTHING like. It's probably just a case of me being white and speaking English more than my accent.

20. Posted by travelover (Respected Member 494 posts) 11y

My cousins laughed at me everytime I said eh when I was in England! And I most definitely say it a lot... cannot get rid of it as a matter of fact (not that I want to!). I think anyone who knows the "stereotypical Canadian" (eh, aboot, etc) can identify an "eh" sayer easily (if anyone noticed the play on words I beg your pardon, that was particularly cheesy). And I don't really think it's a bad stereotype. We all say eh. But the whole aboot thing depends on where you're from in Canada I think. Some areas do have the heavy "oo" sound while others (including myself) don't have it at all.

But to answer the question, people outside of North America immediately peg me as an American, people in North America can pretty much guess I'm Canadian, and francophones in Quebec know I'm an anglophone despite the fact that I don't have a hideously english speaking accent when I speak french!