Here's a breakdown of the Canadian accent, and the letters we say differently!

This might be one of my favourite things I’ve seen lately: It’s a guide on how to speak Canadian English!

The makers of it, EnglishAndImmigration.com, say that there’s such a thing as a distinct Canadian Accent, which doesn’t really waver no matter where you go in the country! (Except Newfoundland, of course!) They say that it’s similar to how Americans speak, and much more nasally then the Brits!

You can read the breakdown below, or click here to find out more!

  1. Sound ‘r’

Canadians pronounce ‘r’ sound in all the words where it is written, including ‘r’ at the end of the words. For example:

car // for  //  where  //  four  //  your  //  work  //  ever  //  party  //  smart  //  after  // forever  //  prefer

  1. Sound ‘t’

Canadians don’t seem to like the sound ‘t’. (There’s a joke about it: “Canadians don’t like ‘t’ – they like coffee.)

  1. a) ‘t’ changes to ‘d’

In the middle of the word:

better –> bedder

water –> wader

thirty –> thridy

party –> pardy

computer –> compuder

city –> cidy

  1. b) ‘t’ disappears

twenty –> twenny

center –> cenner

Toronto –> Toronno

most –> mos

just –> jus

must –> mus

might –> migh (sounds like ‘my’)

interesting –> ineresting

internet –> inernet

Atlantic –> Atlanic

integration –> inegration

  1. c) ‘t’ changes to ‘ch’ (especially when followed by ‘r’)

trip –> chrip

travel –> chravel

try –> chry

attract –> achract

  1. Sound ‘a’

In many words ‘a’ sounds like ‘e’ (long and loud, open mouth). For example:

master //  staff  //  fan  //  stand  //  answer  //  ask  //  spam  //  fast

  1. Sound ‘o’

Short sound ‘o’ is often changed to sound more like a short ‘a’. For example:

hot  //  got  //  dot  //  a lot  //  not //  top  //  nod

  1. Sound ‘g’

In spoken language, ‘g’ often disappears at the end of the words like:

getting –> gettin

kidding –> kiddin

cutting –> cuttin

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