Newfie accent

September 8, 2006 at 3:08 pm 9 comments

Newfoundland is a province on eastern Canada, known for the friendliness of its people. Newfies are supposed to be the nicest Canadians around. They are also known for their accent, not that noticeable in the big cities but as you move inland and to smaller communities it becomes more pronounced. I had heard about it but never actually head a newfie speak until the movers came to move our stuff from our apartment in Toronto into storage. There was a young guy among the movers who was very pleasant but whenever he would ask me something or talk to the other guys I would just stare at him and think “that sounds vaguely like English but I don’t understand any of it!”. It was then that Alan told me that he was from Newfoundland. Anyways, Nissan has released a commercial in Canada featuring a Newfie carsalesman and I decided to post it here for those among our non-Canadian friends who are curious to hear for themselves:

Entry filed under: Canada, Language, Newfoundland and Labrador.

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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Dana  |  September 8, 2006 at 6:11 pm

    that’s great! It makes me miss my Newfie friends, who are among the friendliest people I’ve ever met!

  • 2. Naomi  |  September 9, 2006 at 3:22 pm

    don’t understand a thing. never heard of the newfies before. very funny.
    To answer your email about Vall de Nuria I had a look on their website and we stayed up in the vall itself. It was nice – very family and walker friendly.

  • 3. Renee  |  September 15, 2006 at 6:01 pm

    I am very suprised that people are so ignorant to fact there are several different accents exist n the province of NL, which originate from all over the world, places like, England,Ireland, Nissan should do further research before making such a commercial. I have travelled Canada & parts of the United States , & forsure Newfoundlanders are the most friendly & expressive of their language.
    Renee Stanley

  • 4. Alexandra  |  September 15, 2006 at 7:35 pm

    Hi Renee!

    Thanks for commenting. Are you saying Nissan portrayed an accent that isn’t really from NL?

  • 5. Rykc  |  October 19, 2006 at 3:46 pm

    The problem that I have with the Nissan commercial is that Nissan bastardizes a language and stereotypes a unique culture at the expense of Newfoundlanders. Another part of the equation is Nissan does not even provide the service for their products province wide (only poor service in St. John’s). They have one dealership in St. John’s O’Neil Motors and they run that operation providing substandard service implying to Nissan owners “you listen to us! You have no choice because you have nowhere else to get service for your product.” Service anywhere in Nova Scotia is on a scale of 1-10 is a 10 where the customers leave the dealership content that a maximum effort was placed on their service. The rude and ignorant service department in St. John’s avoids at all costs WORK and especially province wide service. It’s not Nissan Canada but Nissan 9 Provinces. Even the territories receive optimal service comparing to Newfoundland. So if you’re not even a supporter of the province how can you ridicule and mock the culture and expect zero retort. Yes Ontario Nissan’s hired production company made a commercial to the expense of and once again ridiculing Newfoundlanders and that is defiantly wrong! Nissan in St. John’s Newfoundland (not the people of Newfoundland) are also wrong for retaliating with an immature “you make fun of us we’ll make fun of you,’ radio spot. And yes you may argue that it was all in good fun and the positives out way the negatives. Well a rapist would assume the same. It felt good and the positives outweighed the negatives. (Facetiously.) Must be right!

  • 6. Derrick  |  December 13, 2006 at 7:56 pm

    Here’s the problem with the Nissan commerical. The guy isn’t a Newfoundlander. He sounds nothing like one either. Why, with all the strong-accented people in Newfoundland would they have to get an actor to do a really bad one?

  • 7. nathan  |  January 19, 2007 at 5:19 pm

    I suspect that the actor is not a Newfie but I still enjoyed the commercial as reminded me of my days growing up in a small fishing village on the Avalon peninsula. Newfoundland is a beautiful place and Newfoundlanders are some of the nicest people in the world.

  • 8. David  |  January 21, 2007 at 3:15 am

    it’s sorta funny but very suprizen to hear me home town accent on a commercial…

  • 9. irishman  |  December 17, 2007 at 4:18 pm

    Very very like the Irish accent especially County Wexford where a lot of the Newfoundland people originally came from. Worth checking out the Wexford accent for a comparison. Uncanny.


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