The Canadian Experience. Talking Canadian. (English speech of Canadians)
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Jan 24, 2004

A note to Canadians (and those who have access to CBC Television)

On Thursday, January 29 at 9pm (EST), the CBC will be showing "The Canadian Experience. Talking Canadian. The English speech of Canadians today, and in the future"

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How to speak Canadian or whatever Jan 24, 2004

Pronounciation and Grammar:

combining two vowels to make one
used in words with "out"
(eg. aboot a-bow-t)
used in words with "ue"
(eg. Tuesday Tooz-dee)

Changing vowel location
ie. diffurnt, cumpnee

Silent vowels
dropping the vowel if it starts with a vowel (eg. mazin', maircan)

Replacing Y with two E's
ie. Mundee, Calgree

An inconstant consonant
pronouncing t as a d (eg. priddy) or as a t (eg. boycott)
taking out consonants in some words (eg. Tronno) but adding some consonants in others (eg. fambly)

Verb Tenses
leaving out have or has (eg. I seen that film already)

Present Tense
adding s to the word to make it past (eg. I goes into the hotel)

Joining prepositions with words
when using a preposition (eg. to, in, until) combine it with the nearest word (eg. coupla, uptilate)

use instead of huh, ya know, etc.
short form for what did you say, would you repeat that please, etc.

use when you don't know what to say
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eh? Jan 24, 2004

My British friends, now repatriated to the Southern US (ooooh.... another topic altogether...) thought that 'eh' was not really true, like the sasquatch (from British Columbia, fyi) and the tooth fairy (she's worse than the mafia, that one).;-)
But on attending a birthday party here in our little corner of Eastern Ontario, they had to admit that next to the f*** word (much more noticeable both in frequency an volume, as the night wore on and our world-famous brew was consumed in unequalled quantities), 'eh' was popping up all over the room, as a punctuation, an emphasis, a request for agreement with the speaker's views, and a short-form version of: pardon, could you repeat that, your accent is hard to follow through the beery haze...
Just part of our national heritage, eh?

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repatriation Jan 25, 2004

NancyLynn wrote:
My British friends, now repatriated to the Southern US (ooooh.... another topic altogether...)

Best of luck to your friends Canadian English won't be very useful at Guantanamo Bay, eh?

[Edited at 2004-01-25 06:25]

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