Jun 07, 2013 2:48 AM GMT
YVRguysun is still shining. Canadians would recognize it as a Sun Shower. How odd that there isn't an equivalent in most of the US. Is it so common that no one thinks twice about it???
AMoonHawk saidThey got 'group to address a group of 2 or more people' wrong for my area. It should be:
Erik101 saidNo wonder English is such a difficult language to learn.
ART_DECO saidActually in the US I think accents and regional dialects have declined since I was a kid, which I attribute to television, radio, records, and talking films. Children automatically learn the accents around them, and as they've increasingly had exposure to outside sources, especially hours of daily TV when it came along, the effect of US local patterns has been lessened.
In the 1950s we took family trips into Virginia, and also into New England where we had a Vermont vacation home. It was like going to different worlds, with the stereotypical heavy Suthin accent, versus that Pepperidge Farm Man sing-song of the TV ads, for those who remember them.
And I'd retain the accent of the place where we'd last stayed, when I returned for the new school year in Northern New Jersey (with its own distinct accent). I'd either be speaking with a heavy Southern drawl, or talking about our recent trips in Noo Hampshah, my friends finding it hilarious and me unaware of what I was doing.
Yet 6 months ago we drove the length of the US Atlantic seaboard, from Florida to New England and back again, and except for the New York City area I hardly heard any differences at all. And even NYC has lost much of its former Brooklyn flavor.
So that while those OP maps are interesting, and I think largely accurate, those differences are far less than they once were.
gayinterest saidLanguage is awesome, and...
Maps are awesome too!
Two of my favourite things in one study - awesome.
This was interesting. I like the most sporadic examples best - like the word chosen for carbonated drink. Also cool to see how variations are not necessarily just split be east/west, north/south, etc, but a variation. New Orleans seems to be an epicentre of local dialect/accent - perhaps the strong French influence
"family trips into Virginia, and also into New England where we had a Vermont vacation home."
Hopefully in one of these
gayinterest saidErik101 saidNo wonder English is such a difficult language to learn.
It's not really the accents that makes English difficult to learn; its the irregularities of spelling/pronunciation and irregular verb structures. Plus the fact that English has been affected by so much external influence throughout history and has had to adapt to each new influence.
YVRguy saidUpon re-reading I just realized something: running shoes are known as sneakers or tennis shoes in the US. "Running shoes" isn't even a choice, lol!
This is confusing: most American's don't have an expression that describes falling rain when the sun is still shining. Canadians would recognize it as a Sun Shower. How odd that there isn't an equivalent in most of the US. Is it so common that no one thinks twice about it???