My American Accent
|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.
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Very Interesting!. Above is the result of what I got the second time I did this test. Apparently, I had a change of heart on a couple of the questions. The first time I did this test it indicated I had a North Central accent like people in Minnestota. "I could be mistaken for a Canadian."
Below is what I wrote the first time around.
"My cousin suggested I do this little test. It turned out that in the United States I could be thought to be a Canadian. Well! I am.
When I lived in New England I was often identified as a Canadian by my accent. I might have thought my stay in the US would change my accent somewhat. Even more so my living in a French Canadian community might alter my accent somewhat. French words do slip into my speech, I risk being accused of speaking Quebec English. But this test was not testing for that.
My mother insisted we speak the Queen'e English so some effort was made to have me speak "correctly" (proper pronounciation). We were instructed insuch things as never dropping the "g" on the end of words ending in "ing". Of course, even more characteristic is being encouraged to pronounce "been'" to sound like "seen" rather than "bin".
I never could hear the distinctive Canadian sounding "ou" in words such as "house" and "about". (The Canadian raising diphthong) This gave me away as a Canadian in the US every time
Accents and local word usages interest me. I have recently been reading about Southern Appalachian speech. ( Listen to the audio files on this site to hear some colourful Smokey Mountain speech. )
Sadly, I think TV and travel and more education tends to weaken some of the more interesting and colourful ways of speaking. The TV standard for news readers is much like the Canadian accent, which is why so many Canadian broadcasters find careers in the US."
I guess my years in the US did alter my accent somewhat. I have never spent much time in any of the States where the Midland Accent is widely heard. Perhaps, I watched too much TV when I lived in the US! I would have thought I'd have had elements of the Northeast accent. I do know when we lived in Boston and named our son Parker, we knew we could not stay,. . . for in a Boston accent he would have been "Parka". Unacceptable!
Accents, regional and foreign, are interesting and culturally enriching.