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accent meme

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

"You have a Midland accent" is just another way of saying "you don't have an accent." You probably are from the Midland (Pennsylvania, southern Ohio, southern Indiana, southern Illinois, and Missouri) but then for all we know you could be from Florida or Charleston or one of those big southern cities like Atlanta or Dallas. You have a good voice for TV and radio.

The West
 
The South
 
Philadelphia
 
Boston
 
North Central
 
The Inland North
 
The Northeast
 
What American accent do you have?
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dnivie
Jan. 1st, 2008 01:57 pm (UTC)
Me
What American accent do you have?
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 Midland
 
The Northeast
 
The South
 
Philadelphia
 
North Central
 
The West
 
Boston
 
What American accent do you have?
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Mind you, I'm fairly sure the results are utterly random for non-natives.
ripresa
Jan. 1st, 2008 05:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Me
i would think that non-natives would sound more literal in their pronounciations: pronouced as it is spelled.

happy new year dear.
ikarpov
Jan. 2nd, 2008 07:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Me
Nope - non-natives usually have accents that are more closely related to their native language than to anything else. Maybe how it is spelled in their native language, Naydeen.
dnivie
Jan. 3rd, 2008 11:42 am (UTC)
Re: Me
Thank you. A happy new year to you too. May you have an interesting and wonderful one. Me I'm a home-daddy in january, Silvia starts working today and so I'm spending my 6 weeks of paternal leave or whatever that's named in english to take care of Wenche and Ronja until they start in kindergarten in mid february.

Actually, from experience, my main problem when talking to english natives, especially the first few hours when I'm out of practice, is to convince them that really, I know english perfectly well, and really, they can keep their normal vocabulary, accent and speed and yes, I'll get it.

Thing is, in a average year I read 10000+ pages of english. I *write* 1000+ pages of english, and I *listen* to perhaps 1000 hours of english. All very high exposures. I *TALK* english close to -zero- In 2006 I think my total hours spent actually speaking english was countable on one hand. (talk is obviosuly somewhat higher when my vacation includes a english-speaking country, still unless I team up with friends there, it's not as if you typically chit-chat for hours with bus-drivers, waitresses or hotel-receptionists, a few short sentences is pretty much it.)

So, my pronounciation utterly sucks compared to my general english-knowledge.

Which gives me people trying to be nice and speak r-e-a-l-ly s-l-o-w w-i-t-h s-i-m-p-l-e w-o-r-d-s and/or frequently ask if I know the meaning of X, when X is a simple word for which I know 20 synonyms.

"Do you know 'comprehend'" -- "yeah, it's understand, grok, grasp, eff, know, perceive, apprehend, include, contain, depending on context. Carry on"

As to accent, nobody in their rigth mind would ever think I was a native english-speaker of -any- variety. They'd be able to identify scandinavia if they've heard scandinawians speak english before, if not, I'd land in the "random foreign accent" bucket I guess.
majcher
Jan. 1st, 2008 08:21 pm (UTC)
Wow. What a ridiculously inaccurate quiz. I don't suppose that we should expect them to have a "nadinglish" category, though.
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