November 29, 2006

Is this what I sound like?

I did spend four years in Philadelphia, but I don't think anyone there would think that I sound like one of them... In any case, you can take the test here (via Razib). I took an test like this once before, here.

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.

The Inland North
The Midland
The South
The West
North Central
Posted by David Boxenhorn at November 29, 2006 03:55 PM | TrackBacks
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Entertaining, but... don't tell me they can't distinguish between New York City and New England accents!

Posted by: Zman Biur at November 30, 2006 09:40 AM Permalink

The test didn't have any questions about the features which distinguish a New York accent. Nothing about "r", for example. Or that special New York "a" (found in "all", "ball", etc.)sound.

Posted by: David Boxenhorn at November 30, 2006 10:01 AM Permalink

While staying at Mayfair hotel, I came across 3 Americans from different parts of USA. It seems to me from West, South and North. I understood well that of the South, but the rest I even did not try to. They speak like they have water in their mouth.It is really hard to understand their speaking. As I found out later, they even did not speak with one another, as the accent was so strong, that probably the only way to communicate was in written form. I know these parts are even composing their new words, known just by that part of population. Yeh, really difficult situation, but it is caused first by the near countries. As for example in South states, close to the Spanish community, the Americans are speaking Spanglish, i.e. Spanish+English, mixture. But such a problem is spread world wide, and soon we won't have a pure languages, just combinations of them.

Posted by: Julya at December 5, 2006 09:17 AM Permalink

The test said I am a Northeasterner too and I am Australian!

Posted by: John Ray at December 12, 2006 08:37 AM Permalink

The test said I am a Northeasterner too and I am Australian!

No doubt that you do share with Northeasterners the particular features they test for.

Posted by: David Boxenhorn at December 12, 2006 10:29 AM Permalink

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