The problem with being half-Canadian, and having a Canadian accent, is that it seems like half my conversations with new people (whom I meet a lot of in my line of work) go like this:
“Where are you from?”
“Australia originally, but I spent 9 years in Canada, hence the accent.”
“Oh, I’m so glad you’re not American, I can’t STAND Americans!..<insert 5 minute detailing why>”
It’s not THAT big a deal but it’s very annoying how frequently it occurs: it’s like the woman I occasionally work with who thinks it’s a hoot to make fun of my accent. Don’t they realise I’ve heard it all before and probably less than an hour before?
One of these days I’m going to tape someone’s spiel so I can just start playing it when the next person starts theirs.
I think it’s funny that people in Australia are mocking anyone’s accent. Frankly, the only people who should be allowed to mock the Canadian accent are Americans - we’re the only ones who can mock it correctly.
I can do this. Of course, I live in Western NY, so I could drive from my houses to Canada in less time than it would take to drive to another state, and I usually listen to a Canadian music station, so maybe it doesn’t count. It doesn’t sound like oot, or oat to me either btw.