Canadians 'eh'......

Old Sep 9th 2020, 5:51 pm
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Originally Posted by caretaker View Post
What I find most disturbing is that she attended, and presumably graduated from university. I think in my old high-school class of '72 we received a well rounded education in world history and affairs, but acknowledge that it may have been going to the dogs already. In the late 60's and early '70's my mother worked for the provincial government, and while she was secretary to the minister of education she received letters from teachers all over the province. She mentioned one evening that she was tempted to correct the spelling and grammar and send them back with a mark on the top. For what it's worth, I've met some incredibly stupid people from the UK, but they are definitely in the minority.
My high school history classes consisted of US history, Mexican-American history, and world history which really consisted of lightly touching 1 major topic in a handful of countries.

I do suppose there isn't sufficient time to teach in-depth history about the whole world, so the education people have to decide what is most important.

We learned nothing really about Canada, but it makes sense, I went to school 12 miles from the Mexico in an area that was part of Spain then Mexico then the US, so makes sense Canada wouldn't be on the topic for history, the British and Canada played no real influence on the history of the area and majority of students in my school were Mexican or Mexican ancestry.


I never excelled in history, required too much memorizing random things, something my brain does not do well with such tasks, but I passed because the school needed to maintain their high % of graduating students to keep their funding up.

The politics of education when stats are more important than actually educating.

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Old Sep 9th 2020, 6:44 pm
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Originally Posted by scilly View Post
...Oh, my aunt/cousin/sister lives in Toronto. Do you know her? She works in a shoe shop.
In the 1970s my brother met someone in the pub who was over from Canada. "I wonder if she knows (name) who moved there 15 years ago" says his girlfriend.
"Don't be daft" says big brother.
He was wrong. They knew each other in school.
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Old Sep 14th 2020, 1:00 am
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Originally Posted by dbd33 View Post
Characters in films and on TV flag their being Canadian by saying "aboot". I've never heard it real life but the idea must have some sort of root. Perhaps William Shatner had a speech impediment causing him to say it and now it's seen as a national characteristic.
It's an exaggeration on the clipped vowel sound that "some" Canadians use; so phrases like "out and about" sound more like "oat and a boat".
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Old Sep 14th 2020, 1:42 am
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Originally Posted by Bleepedy Bloops View Post
It's an exaggeration on the clipped vowel sound that "some" Canadians use; so phrases like "out and about" sound more like "oat and a boat".
Yep, agree with that!
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Old Sep 14th 2020, 1:44 am
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Originally Posted by Bleepedy Bloops View Post
It's an exaggeration on the clipped vowel sound that "some" Canadians use; so phrases like "out and about" sound more like "oat and a boat".
Yes I can hear it these days. It's not quite the same phonetic sound as when we type 'aboot', but it is something like that. Anyway, different from British and American 'about'.

One pronounciation that I always enjoy here is the very American voice at UK McDonalds Drive Thru. Please drive for'd to the next window.



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