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User avatar #83 - ruebezahl (10/17/2013) [-]
Stupid question from a non-American: Are Americans or Canadians actually inherently able to tell whether someone is from Canada or the US based on their accent? I mean, ok, if someone has e.g. a thick southern accent, then I guess it's a no-brainer. But what about people coming from areas with less noticeable accents?

I am asking, as I never noticed any significant difference, and the Canadians who I know personally never say "eh" or "aboot" or anything like that. I was just always wondering if people in the US watch e.g. Star Trek and immediately think "A Canadian captain??" when Shatner appears.
User avatar #93 to #83 - raamageddon (10/17/2013) [-]
I've never been able to tell. And neither are some other people.

Take for instance. I'm from Las Vegas, my dad was from California and my mother from Michigan, but I live in Ohio. People have suggested that I have an "accent" of some kind, but I think it's more or less just dialect. I have a very... Distinct sound, I guess?

However. Talking with someone from New Zealand, he asked if I was from Canada. So someone from another country wasn't able to tell the difference.

I've talked with a lot of Canadians over XBL, and I usually can't tell the difference. But, that said, after they've told me, I can mentally "connect" the way they talk. It's not that they have an accent, or even that they talk differently than people I know in America, but there is a kind of tone to their voice that I've noticed that's common for people in Canada. There's this subtle undertone that I don't know how to describe, and I suppose it could be possible for someone who's particularly attuned to pick up on it.
User avatar #97 to #93 - mylazy (10/17/2013) [-]
Is it apologetic?
User avatar #101 to #97 - raamageddon (10/17/2013) [-]
Heh. A for effort (Or maybe I should say "Eh"). But, no. Not apologetic, but not really sure how to describe it. Definitely more upbeat, but that's not it either.
#85 to #83 - conwadconwad (10/17/2013) [-]
eastern Canadians tend to have accents (Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, Labrador, New found land) but as you go west people lose the accent or are Asian/Indian. Across the entire country you can find people with native accents (reserves) and up north there are Inuit (I've only ever met 2 outside the territories).
User avatar #84 to #83 - neoexdeath (10/17/2013) [-]
Comedic Response: They apologize a lot and refuse to drink milk that has not been in a bag at some point. Furthermore, they never double park their moose and take maple syrup intravenously every three hours.

Serious Response: Its mostly an accent thing and how they handle themselves in society. Most of the time, if you see someone who's acting foreign, and is white, they're Canadian. Simply because we share a border with them, and its much easier for them to get over here then, say, a European.
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