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    I've got a question about Canada. As I'm travelling to Canada later this summer I want to discover which dialect of English is spoken there - American or British. It seems to me that American English is spoken in Canada, as most of Canada's major cities are situated along the border with the States

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    Canada has two official languages: French and English, and like the States, there are many different dialects. If you can understand American English and British English, you'll be able to handle Canadian English.

    If you want, there are sites online that list the differences between American and Canadian English, mostly pronunication, and it isn't that big of a difference.

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    Thanks for your answer! I think I can understand both American English and British English. So, as you said in your post, I probably won't have any difficulty in undestanding Canadians. My problem is that I've been learning British English since I started learning English (about 4 years ago) and consequently I'm vaguely familiar with American/Canadian pronunciation. I know that there is a considerable difference between the two diaclects but I think that you'll understand me all the same, won't you?

    I have gone through a couple of sites listing the difference between AmE, CanE, and BrE but most of the info on these sites seem to be intended for native speakers. I don't know so many words - most of the words they listed on those sites were either fairly old or too formal.

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    You'll find that you will pick them up- I really wouldn't worry too much about it.

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    You're both right on the money! I'm not worrying *too* much about it. I just wanted to determine which dialect is spoken in Canada and what problems I can face once I come there. Thanks a lot for your help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flash
    You're both right on the money! I'm not worrying *too* much about it. I just wanted to determine which dialect is spoken in Canada and what problems I can face once I come there. Thanks a lot for your help!
    You're welcome. I wouldn't worry too much about pronunciation. Remember that Canada is multi-cultural, so you're going to run into a great deal of people who speak (Canada) English with an accent. Moreover, it's not the pronunciation you have to prepare for, it's the speed of speech. Native speakers don't usually speak at the same rate as a language provider or teacher. Be prepared for the speed.

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