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Newfoundland and Ireland: Where accents collide (VIDEO)

They’re not talking too fast, you’re listening too slow.

A fog blows into the harbor in St. John's, Newfoundland
A fog blows into the harbor in St. John's, Newfoundland
Image: HE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

IT’S NO SECRET that the Newfoundland and Irish accents have more than a few things in common, but did you know they have this much in common?

A conversation between an comedian and a travel writer shows just how familiar it sounds. Asked where they picked up their special ‘language’ they said they’ve had it since birth (or ‘bert).

They also explain how people from Britain and Ireland came in Newfoundland and settled in one place. Comedian Mark Critch explains that settlers from Cork all stayed together and that’s why there are pockets of Newfoundland that sound unnervingly like you’ve been transported to the rebel county.


Uploaded by TravelYourself via Reddit

Redditor Gadzookeys has brought this video to our attention. How many Irish-tastic phrases can you spot? Here’s a few we picked up on:

  • “Not much boy, what are you at?”
  • “Deadly”
  • “Have a friggin’ deadly old time altogether”
  • “I’m from the bay, boy”
  • “Are yeh going up to the mall or wha’?”
  • “Arsehole”

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