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bigbird
Bigbird  (Level: 239.4 - Posts: 3300)
Tue, 26th Jun '07 6:01 PM

GOT A GREAT ONE - WHAT'S YOUR AMERICAN ACCENT QUIZ!

Got this in an email. Lots of fun to take, and it sure pinpointed my area of the country (Northeast). Sorry, I don't think it will work except in the US.


http://www.youthink.com/quiz.asp?action=take&quiz_id=9827

Alice

tuzilla
Tuzilla  (Level: 133.9 - Posts: 3777)
Tue, 26th Jun '07 6:04 PM

Good quiz, eh. I've got a Northern accent, eh.

joanneeberlin
Joanneeberlin  (Level: 184.2 - Posts: 686)
Tue, 26th Jun '07 6:08 PM

I have a midland accent! That is funny. Jo

bushyfox
Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Tue, 26th Jun '07 6:08 PM

It says I'm Midland.......gee, I always thought I had a smattering of "North American West Coast" in the middle of my Ozzarian!



~Bev

("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."

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Tue, 26th Jun '07 6:15 PM

North Central??????? I don't think so.

tuzilla
Tuzilla  (Level: 133.9 - Posts: 3777)
Tue, 26th Jun '07 6:23 PM

wannabe...........bbbbbbbbwwwwwwwwwwwaaaaaaahahahahahaha

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Tue, 26th Jun '07 6:35 PM

Midland? SO not.

felix
Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2500)
Tue, 26th Jun '07 6:56 PM

Mine says Southerner. Me and my dawg ain't a buyin' it.

nancidru
Nancidru  (Level: 10.7 - Posts: 65)
Tue, 26th Jun '07 7:02 PM

Well, kiss mah grits, it sez I'm Midland...Ah'll have tuh work on mah accent more, ya'll.

nancidru
Nancidru  (Level: 10.7 - Posts: 65)
Tue, 26th Jun '07 7:33 PM

Just for the record, that's my Texas accent coming out. (No offense to other Southerners)

aslan
Aslan  (Level: 27.6 - Posts: 356)
Tue, 26th Jun '07 7:41 PM

Midland, which is quite an accomplishment for someone near Pittsburgh, PA.

berylm
Berylm  (Level: 156.3 - Posts: 478)
Tue, 26th Jun '07 7:56 PM

I got Northeastern - which for a Surrey girl (for which read absolutely straight up Queen's English, minus the plum) was interesting!

ladyvol
Ladyvol  (Level: 205.2 - Posts: 5486)
Tue, 26th Jun '07 8:02 PM

It says I'm Midland too Ya'all and I'm from Tennessee...Strange...and Nan no offense taken on yer accent there...
Vickie

margiematt
Margiematt  (Level: 193.9 - Posts: 388)
Tue, 26th Jun '07 8:10 PM

Mine is right on. My accent is Northern and I'm from Chicago.
Margie

phitzy1
Phitzy1  (Level: 66.4 - Posts: 873)
Tue, 26th Jun '07 8:16 PM

Apparently being born and raised inthe south has no bearing on my accent

another Midlander

Well I'll be Dipped in Sh$t!


perhaps there's a quiz out there based on colliqualisms...gotta find out

larrybus
Larrybus  (Level: 307.2 - Posts: 383)
Tue, 26th Jun '07 8:19 PM

My accent is Northern and I'm from da home of da Bears, too.

I've been living in accent-free zones in Colorado and Florida for almost 20 years, but apparently that doesn't make a difference.

kaelin
Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Tue, 26th Jun '07 9:03 PM

What American accent do you have? 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.

=================

That was fun - I know people know I'm from Texas when I talk - but I do talk - not tawk - when I went to Boston back in the early 80's - they knew I was from Texas - when I came back to Texas - they knew I had been to Boston - I'm a "voice chameleon"


violetblue
Violetblue  (Level: 112.2 - Posts: 850)
Tue, 26th Jun '07 9:49 PM

Mine says "Philadelphia accent". Funny, 'cuz I've lived in almost all the big cities in the East except Philly.

Fun quiz.

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 256.8 - Posts: 3936)
Tue, 26th Jun '07 11:09 PM

Mine is Northern, but no doubt the Western New England variety, rather than that of the Great Lakes cities.

Meanwhile, Beryl, your diagnosis is no surprise from an American point of view. The "Boston Brahmin" variety of accent is about as close as we get to an English accent. A lot of the vowels come out similarly.

salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.3 - Posts: 5315)
Wed, 27th Jun '07 12:35 AM

I have midland accent, which is close to the truth .. probably north central would have been closer to the truth.

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Wed, 27th Jun '07 1:07 AM

Funny that no one comes out from the northwest. I wonder if its even an option.

missashlee
Missashlee  (Level: 125.6 - Posts: 543)
Wed, 27th Jun '07 1:37 AM


I found this a hard written test, when how I "speak" in my head is different then what comes out of my mouth! Alice, I am a victim of education!!! When I considered the options, I was drawn to my education, not how I talk!!! Watching cable TV does not help. The "Midland" accent is acknowledged as no accent in America.

I will share this, as it is a passive behavior. When I am amongst New Englanders, My pronunciation eventually modulates, and equally so amongst North Carolinians. As I am in Arizona now, and amongst many transplants, I have no accent. Yah, you believe that ...

Anyway, I enjoyed this one more than the populist "What is your ___ name?"



missgeorge
Missgeorge  (Level: 63.0 - Posts: 388)
Wed, 27th Jun '07 2:17 AM

Mine is northern. Even after leaving Minnesota and living in Georgia for 27 years people still say "you're not from here, are you."

pafork
Pafork  (Level: 132.0 - Posts: 537)
Wed, 27th Jun '07 2:29 AM

I got the no-accent 'midlands', though I do often have people guess I'm from California when I'm traveling (I've lived here all my life). Maybe if the quiz gauged how many times you say 'totally' per sentence...

Phitzy, here's your colloquialism quiz: http://www.blogthings.com/whatkindofamericanenglishdoyouspeakquiz/

I got 70% General American English, 10% Dixie & 10% Upper Midwest. (I skipped one question because none of the choices applied.)



bigbird
Bigbird  (Level: 239.4 - Posts: 3300)
Wed, 27th Jun '07 5:26 AM

I am apparently -


45% General American English
30% Yankee
20% Dixie
0% Midwestern
0% Upper Midwestern

I don't know what that means, except that I seem to be messed up! And not from the midwest.

Alice

surreyman
Surreyman  (Level: 260.5 - Posts: 2770)
Wed, 27th Jun '07 6:49 AM

Well, my 'Prince Charles' accent (will I ever get rid of that barb!) seems to be Northeast.
Didn't cover the 'Z's in 'Zurrey' though!

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Wed, 27th Jun '07 7:05 AM

50% General American English

25% Yankee

15% Dixie

0% Midwestern

0% Upper Midwestern

There went my Midlands accent.

cjar855
Cjar855  (Level: 133.4 - Posts: 838)
Wed, 27th Jun '07 7:37 AM

Mine is Northeastern . I think it is right on!



revdodd
Revdodd  (Level: 68.7 - Posts: 775)
Wed, 27th Jun '07 7:40 AM

I've been called lots of things in my life...but Midland ain't one of them.

The tell-tail trappings of a Southern accent seemed to be lacking in the quiz.

Anyone happen to see a few g's I dropped around here?




tallactor
Tallactor  (Level: 153.1 - Posts: 423)
Wed, 27th Jun '07 8:20 AM

As an actor, I've striven to eradicate any Southern accent from my speech, and many have remarked on my lack of a Southern accent. Yet according to this quiz I have one after all. Most odd.

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 256.8 - Posts: 3936)
Wed, 27th Jun '07 8:22 AM

35% GAE, 35% Yankee, and a 15% splash of Dixie. Two questions I left unanswered because my answers weren't available.

salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.3 - Posts: 5315)
Wed, 27th Jun '07 10:02 AM

Whoa! Guess my Nebraska roots are showing. My score was 85% General American English, 5% Midwestern, 5% Upper Midwestern and 0% for Dixie and Yankee.

twoxfourman
Twoxfourman  (Level: 82.4 - Posts: 153)
Wed, 27th Jun '07 10:16 AM

North Central

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

Yes, I've been accused of being Canadian...

nancidru
Nancidru  (Level: 10.7 - Posts: 65)
Wed, 27th Jun '07 10:53 AM

No wonder I'm a confused person...


55% General American English
25% Dixie
10% Yankee
5% Upper Midwestern
0% Midwestern




geophile
Geophile  (Level: 159.3 - Posts: 1520)
Wed, 27th Jun '07 11:03 AM

David Stiers tried in M*A*S*H and came very close... but a Boston accent can never be duplicated by anyone who didn't grow up with it. Attempts by several actors to try one on never sounds right. I regret losing my accent to California, where everyone sounds like a bad movie script. But I had to in self-defense - no one knew what I was saying. Now I speak generic Californian, but sofer (sofa), idear (idea) and deer (deah) slips in every now and then and people will say.."you're from Boston." And that's okay with me!

lettermanfan1
Lettermanfan1  (Level: 88.3 - Posts: 486)
Wed, 27th Jun '07 9:59 PM

I got Midland, which I can't wait to tell my sons, who constantly tease me when I say y'all.
Leah

banomet
Banomet  (Level: 174.7 - Posts: 266)
Wed, 27th Jun '07 10:21 PM

40% General American English
25% Dixie
25% Yankee
5% Upper Midwestern
5% Pirate

nancidru
Nancidru  (Level: 10.7 - Posts: 65)
Wed, 27th Jun '07 10:26 PM

Pretty funny, Banomet. Arrrgh.


joey
Joey  (Level: 28.9 - Posts: 82)
Wed, 27th Jun '07 11:20 PM

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.

linenlady
Linenlady  (Level: 159.1 - Posts: 306)
Wed, 27th Jun '07 11:56 PM

Well, they nailed me right on with Northeast for an accent. As for colloquialisms, I came up with:
50% Yankee
20% Dixie
20% General American English
5% Upper Midwestern
0% Midwestern
I will never know where the dixie came from, and the whole thing came out to 95% so I'm 5% something undescribable, apparently.
Diane

chickfbref1
Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2012)
Thu, 28th Jun '07 12:13 AM

Northern...big shock!!

chickfbref1
Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2012)
Thu, 28th Jun '07 12:17 AM

70% General American English

20% Upper Midwestern

5% Midwestern


aquamar
Aquamar  (Level: 178.6 - Posts: 909)
Thu, 28th Jun '07 3:43 AM

I'm Midland of course. That Indiana coming through even though I live on the West Coast now.

Cathy

oldcougar
Oldcougar  (Level: 219.7 - Posts: 1935)
Thu, 28th Jun '07 4:50 AM

It said I was Canadian, can't fool it.

cymru
Cymru  (Level: 73.5 - Posts: 108)
Thu, 28th Jun '07 5:36 AM


Welsh with a Southern accent. The mind boggles.
Then i do come from South Wales!
Lynette..

geniuswaitress
Geniuswaitress  (Level: 52.1 - Posts: 381)
Thu, 28th Jun '07 7:32 AM

Mine turned out Northern and I live in Tennessee.

lisap369
Lisap369  (Level: 61.1 - Posts: 992)
Fri, 29th Jun '07 3:41 AM

The first one said I have a Midland accent... the 2nd one said:

50% General American English

20% Yankee

15% Dixie

5% Midwestern

5% Upper Midwestern

..... 20% Yankee?... and Yankee/Dixie Canadian? lol


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