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What does the “Canberra accent” sound like?

By richiedt 8 May 2015 28

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Yes folks. Apparently it’s a thing so I’m very interested in everyone’s thoughts.

What does the “Canberra Accent” sound like.

My feeling?

It’s a little bit toff with a good measure of Kambah twang thrown in. Vowels are sounded out quite roundly – like our roundabouts.

Would love to hear your thoughts.

If you want to join in the discussion on Twitter, please use #CanberraAccent.

Cheers

@RichardTuffin

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switch 9:40 am 22 May 15

Crazed_Loner said :

When I was in the US recently, someone asked me if I was from New Zealand. Oh, the Horror!

C’mon. They could’ve asked if you were from Tasmania.

As pointed out above, Americans have NFI about accents.

Crazed_Loner 10:43 pm 21 May 15

When I was in the US recently, someone asked me if I was from New Zealand. Oh, the Horror!

shellcase 2:42 pm 14 May 15

In my many daily travels around the ACT the only accent I notice is the “Briddish” thing you get with some Foreign Affairs, National Library or ANU types. My own is of Sydney, Southern Highlands and ACT origins; figure that one out.
Whenever away from the ACT I don’t say I’m from Canberra because I’m not, I’m from Gungahlin. That gets ’em scratching their heads.

ChrisinTurner 2:40 pm 14 May 15

You know they are from Canberra when you try to strike up a conversation and they first ask you “Is this an operational matter”.

Russ 5:57 pm 13 May 15

I had a guy around recently to quote on some work – he had some kind of British accent. About halfway into the visit, apropos of nothing, he asks “so, which part of the South of England are you from?” I had to admit I was born in Watson and had no English relatives whatsoever. I felt oddly self-conscious about my accent for the rest of the visit.

Evilomlap 3:31 pm 13 May 15

arescarti42 said :

Rollersk8r said :

People always picked me as British over Australian while in Canada and USA too, which is a common mistake, I guess?

I can’t comment on Canadians, but based on my experience living there, Americans are useless at identifying accents.

I even had one ask if I was Irish based on my accent.

I’d have to agree. I had the same thing when in the US. Almost everyone I spoke to asked me if I was from England. And, bizarrely, someone even said I sounded like I was from Virginia. That was a new one…

JimCharles 8:46 pm 12 May 15

switch said :

JimCharles said :

The remarkable AQI is fascinating and very confusing to observing foreigners, especially when Canberrans are doing it to each other.

WTF sort of TLA is AQI? Air Quality Index?

Australian Question Intonation.

switch 9:33 am 12 May 15

JimCharles said :

The remarkable AQI is fascinating and very confusing to observing foreigners, especially when Canberrans are doing it to each other.

WTF sort of TLA is AQI? Air Quality Index?

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