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    Smile My attempt at a Canadian accent

    Here's me trying to sound Canadian. How accurate is it?

    Putfile - Canadianattempt

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    Re: My attempt at a Canadian accent

    I try to download your file but it was taking literally ages to come through.

    Could you provide a shorter example? Maybe it's just my computer though or sub par internet.

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    Talking Re: My attempt at a Canadian accent

    This is a recording of me pronouncing certain words in a (hopefully) Canadian accent. I used the same words in my previous recording.

    Putfile - Canadian 50

    Mary
    merry
    marry
    pin
    pen
    cot
    caught
    strength
    tomorrow
    sorry
    calm
    ban
    bat
    bad
    bag
    trap
    vague
    kite
    out
    peg

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    Re: My attempt at a Canadian accent

    Just to tell you that it was very quick and easy to download the file. However, I can't be a judge to what you asked since I'm far from being Canadian.

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    Re: My attempt at a Canadian accent

    Quite well done, sniperforlife. Your pronunciation is rather native sounding. Two things I noticed: Final [t] isn't aspirated enough (words ending in [k] I suspect as well) and voiced [d] and [g] need to be voiced more. I understand that in connected speech, speakers don't sustain the final sounds, but when said separately, as in a list, they do.

    Mary
    merry
    marry also [mae]
    pin
    pen
    cot => aspirate [t] more
    caught => aspirate [t] more
    strength
    tomorrow
    sorry
    calm
    ban
    bat => aspirate [t] more
    bad => voice [d] more
    bag => voice [g] more
    trap
    vague => final [g] needs more voicing
    kite => final [t] needs more aspiration
    out => final [t] needs nore aspiration; the vowel is CANADIAN!
    peg => voice [g] more

    All the best.

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    Re: My attempt at a Canadian accent

    Thanks for the replies. I've been in Canada for quite a while but I'm not a native speaker. I'm the type that likes to blend in so it's good hear that I sound much like one.

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