This Guide To Speaking "Canadian English" Claims We Never Use T's
We jus' don' like 'em.
While there are plenty of distinct accents across Canada, we don't often think about them too much. That's probably from being immersed in them all the time. However, a guide on Canadian pronunciation points out all the little things we do, even if it does seem to be based on one specific accent.
The guide, created by EnglishAndImmigration.com, aims to provide immigrants with a lesson on .
Right off the top, it says "Canadians speak very much like Americans," which seems like far too general of a statement, but is kind of true. However, it also says that we "speak through [our] noses."
The guide then moves on to talk about specific letter sounds in Canadian English, which is apparently so different from British English that it might be hard for someone to understand.
Apparently, Canadians always pronounce the Rs in words as they are written. Of course, mileage can vary on those kinds of pronunciations, especially in the, where the R is hit especially hard.
The biggest takeaway from this guide though is just how many sections there are about howthe Ts in words. That is to say, we apparently don't pronounce them at all.
Apparently (or "apparen'ly") there is even a joke that we like coffee, and not "T." That might be why we keep Tim Hortons in business.
The first section on the letter T claims that we tend to change it to a D sound. For example, we say "bedder" instead of "better," or "pardy" instead of "party."
While that just seems like fairly normal pronunciation, it's the next two sections on T that really highlight how differently it's used in our home and native land.
For example, we say things like "twenny," "cenner," and "Toronno." To be fair though, has anyone ever pronounced the second T in Toronto?
Finally, the guide claims we sometimes pronounce Ts like "Ch" when paired with an 'R'. Examples include "chravel," "chrip," and "chry" (travel, trip, and try).
As strange as it seems, try (or chry) saying these words out loud. You might just notice that your Ts become Ds, or that they disappear completely.