Clearly Canadian

Right now I’m listening to an audiobook by a noted Canadian psychologist that is narrated by the author.

The book is easy to absorb, thanks to the author’s distinct Alberta accent.

I’ve never been able to spot a Canadian from a distance based on appearance. But if one listens carefully, it’s possible to figure it out by speech patterns.

Sometimes one can be fooled into thinking that someone from Minnesota or Wisconsin is from Canada, if you’re not careful.

The one word that seems to be a dead give away is process. Americans will pronounce it “prah-cess” while Canadians will pronounce it as “pro-cess” which hews to proper English.

My subject Kate wasn’t hiding her Halifax roots on our session in Greenwich Village but she had spent enough time in New York to sound like a local. Of course, her provenance became obvious when we started talking about our respective artistic processes.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2300 completed sessions in all 50 US states.

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