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21. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

I grew up in east Montreal, so my accent is pretty slim, but I get picked out as an anglo when I make terribly embarassing mistakes (le chaise/une auto/de la beurre). However, my name is about as "tête carée" as you can get, and it gets mangled shamelessly.

I too say "ab-ehout", although I'm the only one in my family to do it. I don't know where it comes from. South Park, maybe?

22. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Quoting dpd

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!

Never Indian ?

23. Posted by MattXIII (Full Member 272 posts) 11y

The minute i speak natives normally go "Luvly jubbly", cos i've got a very cockney accent.....even tho im not from London. Im just common i guess

24. Posted by Shante (Inactive 18 posts) 11y

[quotin tway]
In France people knew off the bat I was "une petite Canadienne" but when I speak English I'm usually mistaken for an American.

I totally agree cause i also speak english and french... Thought when i speak french I have a little acadian/quebequer accent because i know live in quebec but used to live in nova-scotia ;)so its somewhat confusing for some
Chantal

25. Posted by vagabond (Full Member 104 posts) 11y

my accent is pretty easy to recognize... if you've heard an Indian accent before.

26. Posted by BritHockey (Full Member 34 posts) 11y

Having lived in the US I can recognise the diff between a Canadian and an American unless the American has a thick Wisconsin or Michigan U.P. accent, then I have to listen a little longer.

I met a girl from Zurich a couple of years back and recognised her as not only being Swiss but from Zurich. I lived in Bern for 4 years ;o)

As for my accent, having lived abroad for 12 years I have lost a lot of whatever London accent I had. People think I am from Australia. I send them home to watch the Croc Hunter for a few hours and come back and tell me I am Australian.

27. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

People can never figure where my accent is from when I am speaking in the telephone. I look latin (see profile and judge for yourself hihihi) so they know it is Spanish but if they didnt see me they cant tell. I have a New Yorker (thats where I learned my English), northeastern accent most of the time with a bit of my spanish tongue mixed in there. Possibly, my almost gone German is also sort of mixed in there and the Chinese I never learned from my ancestors too, who knows.

My dad is German, his father was Chinese, my mom is Peruvian and her father was Italian. I am a total mix with totally different accents heard while growing up. I am sure some of that comes out when I speak. Likewise, people think I am Hawaiian, or Philipino, or Brazilian, or Italian, I always get Colombia, Venezuela, they never guess Peru...

28. Posted by Monalisa (Budding Member 17 posts) 11y

I was so impressed with Irish when I visited Ireland. They knew at the second I opened my mouth that I was French-Canadian. I speak good English but my accent is terrible.

I hate when I go to France that they don't want to understand what I say when I speak their own language. They are so stubborn with Quebecers. They use more English words than us.

29. Posted by Caroline25 (Full Member 27 posts) 11y

I've only traveled to Spain. I attempted to speak Spanish, and strangers thought that I was British/Canadian/American (which I am). I try so hard to roll my R's, but I just can't. I participated in my friend's wedding in Spain (in front of 450 people), and had to say the word "rogemos" and you can imagine how that turned out. I felt so embarrassed, but I knew if I tried to fake it I would sound even worse.

30. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y

Most people pick out my Canadian accent, although some people think I am from the United States and that pisses me off! haha