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Old 23.04.2014, 10:40
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Re: "American English" or "English English" in a job application

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I'd have to disagree - I spend quite some time in Toronto (I have relatives there). While there may be other areas of Canada where that particular sound is stronger, it's still very clearly present if you concentrate on it. Then again, I studied dialectology and sociolinguistics and actually do routinely concentrate on linguistic markers. That said, Toronto is a hugely divers city and unless you know that someone actually grew up there, it's hard to judge where people are from.
Definitely going to have to dissagree with your analysis here. Toronto, if anywhere, will be very void of the 'oot' sound. In Toronto there is essentially no tell-tale accent due to the diversity (as you conversely metioned) If one was forced to identify a common accent in Toronto, an Urban Indo-Caribbean would be high up in the list.
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Most people (myself included) cannot tell the difference between an American and Canadian accent.
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Just listen to the "ou" sound in words like "out" or "about". It's not as bad as they make it out in Southpark, obviously, but it's very noticeable.
When in doubt - act offended.

Not only will a Canadian jump to say "I'm sorry" faster than an American, but it's also clear with the pronounciation.

It's particularly effective when it's clear there is nothing to be offended by. Americans, as with most of the world, will usually act 'stunned'.... a Canadian is genetically prone to be unneccesarily apologetic.
(the pronounciation is a plus )



Having said this, any (English speaking) child who grew up without the TV series "Degrassi Junior High" is at a distinct disadvantage to picking up the Canadian accent.
"aboot" "I'm saw-ry".... I still struggle with it actually.


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