Thursday, November 30, 2006

As if there had been any doubt

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Northeast

Judging by how you talk you are probably from north Jersey, New York City, Connecticut or Rhode Island. Chances are, if you are from New York City (and not those other places) people would probably be able to tell if they actually heard you speak.

Philadelphia
The Inland North
The Midland
The South
Boston
The West
North Central
What American accent do you have?
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This actually was a pretty cool quiz: By which I mean I like it b/c it asks mostly about things I tend to listen for on my own. The Mary-marry-merry test is one of the first things I came up with when I moved from Brooklyn to Virginia--as most of my friends know.

3 comments:

Johan said...

(I wouldn't say I have any American accent at all, but anyway.)

Your Result: The Inland North

You may think you speak "Standard English straight out of the dictionary" but when you step away from the Great Lakes you get asked annoying questions like "Are you from Wisconsin?" or "Are you from Chicago?" Chances are you call carbonated drinks "pop."

The Northeast
Philadelphia
...


Somtimes, to my own great horror, I pick up something pretty close to a southern accent without even noticing, though. I haven't got the slightest idea why.

//JJ

Hans Persson said...

It claims I'm from the northeast as well, and that's true. Way up in the northeast. Sweden, to be exact. ;-)

When talking to others, Americans usually think I'm a Brit and Brits think I'm an American. I'd say I have more an American accent than anything else.

Barry said...

The only problem with that quiz is that it ignores the emerging Californian dialects (such as what most would call "Valley". See http://www.stanford.edu/~eckert/vowels.html)

There's also chicano English. Still, it's a pretty interesting quiz. It says I speak "midland", which may be beause I tend to say "cot" and "caught" differently. C'est la vie.

In an informal setting I tend to turn into "Californian" though.