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