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What American accent do you have?

Discussion in 'Et Cetera, Et Cetera' started by rawbone8, Jun 23, 2007.

  1. rawbone8

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    I have no idea how useful or accurate this test is, but my result confirmed my accent is Canadian. Duh!

    Can it recognize regional accents? Give it a try.


    What American accent do you have?
     
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    I already know regardless of my trying to skew the test I have a Southern accent.
     
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    My Canadian origins were identified, too, Rob.
    And it said, at the bottom of the test, that "[FONT=verdana,arial,helvetica]People from outside North America probably think you're from the States, but over here we wouldn't make such a mistake."
    Not so true. When I've traveled in the States, I've often been asked what state I'm from ... and seldom asked if I were Canadian.
    Also, after writing the test, I wanted to give the exact wording that I quoted five lines above, but I hadn't copied the sentence. So I ripped through the test quickly and this time was told I had a 'Midland' accent, which is supposed to be the most neutral, much sought after by media types.
    And checking back, I found I'd inadvertently changed only one answer of the 17 required ... surely proof that the accents are very similar.
    [/FONT]That was question 11: Do you say ABOUT and MOUTH with the same vowel sound as LOUD and DOWN? First run through, I said, correctly, that I say them differently (though very similarly). Second run through, I said, incorrectly, that I say them the same.

     
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    Northeastern This could either mean an r-less NYC or Providence accent or one from Jersey which doesn't sound the same. (People in Jersey don't call their state "Joisey" in real life)

    My real accent is a combination of Kiwi/Ozzie/Received Pronunciation.
     
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    What do you mean by 'received pronunciation'?
    'Received' where?
     
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    Ha! I 'received' it when I received my CELTA - Cambridge University English Language Teaching - Adults Diploma ;)
     
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    Yup. Thought so. Tnx.
     
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    Well holy shit it nailed mine to the tee. Raised in Indiana and moved to texas but thank God I lived in Indy long enough so that I didnt pick up any speech patterns from the south. Apparently I used to have a northeastern accent before my family moved to Indiana though.

    [FONT=verdana,arial,helvetica]("Midland" is not necessarily the same thing as "Midwest") The default, lowest-common-denominator American accent that newscasters try to imitate. Since it's a neutral accent, just because you have a Midland accent doesn't mean you're from the Midland.[/FONT]
     
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    Northern. Right on----Michigan.
     
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    I have practically no accent. Having come from Oak Ridge, my friends came from all over the world, so I could choose any accent I wanted. Sounding like a typical east Tennesseean was just too "hicklike" for me to bear. I can't help but associate it with elements of humanity that are unpleasant, though I know this is a prejudice. I have many friends with a rather thick local accent who are the sweetest and smartest people you could want to know.
     
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    HEY!!! Another Indiana-to-Texas transplant! I lived in Indiana all my life until last year, but live in San Antonio now.
     
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    And here's mine...being from Indiana it's what you would expect:

    What American accent do you have? (Best version so far)

    Midland
    ("Midland" is not necessarily the same thing as "Midwest") The default, lowest-common-denominator American accent that newscasters try to imitate. Since it's a neutral accent, just because you have a Midland accent doesn't mean you're from the Midland. [​IMG]

    (although most people think I have a Southern accent. That used to be heavier than it used to be, and now people think I have more of a Midwestern accent)
     
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    Midland - lowest common demonimator American accent.

    But I'm from out west.
     
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    I had a northeast accent. I guess that's pretty accurate I am from Maryland.
     
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    How odd, the test indentifies my accent as Midland. A close personal friend from Atlanta, who prides himself in being able to place any American's accent within 100 miles of their hometown, told me the same thing. He travels a lot for business. I always thought I had a default West Coast accent but I guess not; of all the places I've lived in the world, I have only lived in California when in America.

    I learned English in Orange County, Southern California starting 1985 and Sesame Street really helped. My diction is rather old-fashioned and proper. Due to previous training in Toastmaster's as well as being an ESL teacher, I don't use much slang. However, growing up trilingual, I am easily influenced by the speech patterns of the people around me.
     
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    I'm Midland. And I live in Kansas City, but I'm from the South, so I don't know what that means...
     
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    I've lived in the South all my life, yet this test says my accent is Midland. What the fuck?

    And yet... Once, in another country, someone asked me if I was from Canada.

    I still say "y'all", "fer", and a carbonated beverage is a "Coke".
     
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    What people call the "Minnesota accent." Sounds almost Canadian. You may have even been asked if you were from Canada before.

    They got that right.
     
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    Yup, this is me:

    Northern

    You have a Northern accent. That could either be the Chicago/Detroit/Cleveland/Buffalo accent (easily recognizable) or the Western New England accent that news networks go for.
     
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    CaNaDiAn!!


    North Central What people call the "Minnesota accent." Sounds almost Canadian. You may have even been asked if you were from Canada before.


    yeeeee!
     
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