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Re: accents

Not really for us Canadians, but the US girls will find this fun...

http://www.youthink.com/quiz.cfm?action=go_detail&sub_action=take&obj_id=9827

 

what does your answer say?

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Re: Re: accents

  • NukkeNukke member
    Fifth Anniversary

    here's mine:

    North Central

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

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  • Which American accent do you have?

    My Results:

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    Neutral

    You`re not Northern, Southern, or Western, you`re just plain -American-.  Your national identity is more important than your local identity, because you don`t really have a local identity.  You might be from the region in that map, which is defined by this kind of accent, but you could easily not be.  Or maybe you just moved around a lot growing up.

    I find this funny since my family from Calif. think I have the worst NY accent now lol. 


  • My Results:

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    Neutral

    You`re not Northern, Southern, or Western, you`re just plain -American-.  Your national identity is more important than your local identity, because you don`t really have a local identity.  You might be from the region in that map, which is defined by this kind of accent, but you could easily not be.  Or maybe you just moved around a lot growing up.
     
     
    I have friends from this area who say I have an accent. I must of answered a question or 2 off.  
  • I was raised in Texas, but have occasionally had people ask me if I were from the Northeast, so I find these results kind of interesting.  The quiz didn't seem to ask many southern questions, like if you dropped the ends of your words (kinda' instead of kind of) or said ole instead of oil.  If it had, I probably would have scored more southern.

    Which American accent do you have?

    My Results:

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    Western

    Western is kind of neutral, but not quite since it`s still possible to tell where you`re from.  So you might not actually be from the West (but you probably are).  If you really want to sound "neutral," learn how to say "stock" and "stalk" differently.

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  • NukkeNukke member
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    image erindworley:

    I was raised in Texas, but have occasionally had people ask me if I were from the Northeast, so I find these results kind of interesting.  The quiz didn't seem to ask many southern questions, like if you dropped the ends of your words (kinda' instead of kind of) or said ole instead of oil.  If it had, I probably would have scored more southern.

    I don't think this kinda/kind of thing is strictly southern.  I say it, and I'm Canadian.  The ole thing is interesting though!

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  • image Nukke:

    here's mine:

    North Central

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

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    I had this, as well. Not sure why...born and raised in California.

    And I've never been told I sound Canadian lol
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  • My Results:

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    Neutral

    You`re not Northern, Southern, or Western, you`re just plain -American-.  Your national identity is more important than your local identity, because you don`t really have a local identity.  You might be from the region in that map, which is defined by this kind of accent, but you could easily not be.  Or maybe you just moved around a lot growing up.

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  • I got Neutral.  Makes sense, being as I was born and raised here in KC.
  • I got Neutral as well.  That's was some-what expected considering I was born and raised in South Jersey and we don't really have a 'known' accent here. 

    Neutral

    You`re not Northern, Southern, or Western, you`re just plain -American-. Your national identity is more important than your local identity, because you don`t really have a local identity. You might be from the region in that map, which is defined by this kind of accent, but you could easily not be. Or maybe you just moved around a lot growing up.

     

  • This is what I ended up with...I was born and raised in Texas and both of my parents (and my entire family) are from upstate NY...

    Which American accent do you have?

    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.

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  • TisharpTisharp member
    image erindworley:

    I was raised in Texas, but have occasionally had people ask me if I were from the Northeast, so I find these results kind of interesting.  The quiz didn't seem to ask many southern questions, like if you dropped the ends of your words (kinda' instead of kind of) or said ole instead of oil.  If it had, I probably would have scored more southern.

    Which American accent do you have?

    My Results:

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    Western

    Western is kind of neutral, but not quite since it`s still possible to tell where you`re from.  So you might not actually be from the West (but you probably are).  If you really want to sound "neutral," learn how to say "stock" and "stalk" differently.

    I got the same results and I'm from Oklahoma.  One question didn't understand was something about if you say horrible, do you say it like horse or like hot.  I can't image not saying it like both.  That one didn't make sense to me.  I've heard people say it like "whore-able" and I've heard people say it like 'har-able" but I can't figure out the difference between horse and hot's "o" sound.


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  • TisharpTisharp member
    ALSO, "On" "lawn" and "John" - how do they not all rhyme?  How would you say them not the same?  lol

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    image TishaPayne:

    I got the same results and I'm from Oklahoma.  One question didn't understand was something about if you say horrible, do you say it like horse or like hot.  I can't image not saying it like both.  That one didn't make sense to me.  I've heard people say it like "whore-able" and I've heard people say it like 'har-able" but I can't figure out the difference between horse and hot's "o" sound.

    whore-able is the same long "o" sound as horse.

    hot is the same short "o" sound as octopus, or what you wrote as "har-able".

    I'm guessing that this quiz is either not right, or people aren't reading/answering the questions carefully.  When I did this quiz with my hubby, he got "neutral" as his first answer.  I gave him the side eye and went over the quiz with him again.  He didn't even HEAR that he was pronouncing some words like "hawk" "hock" differently.   The second time around he got "northern" which included the area he grew up in.

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  • image TishaPayne:
    ALSO, "On" "lawn" and "John" - how do they not all rhyme?  How would you say them not the same?  lol

    I pronounce lawn much differently than on and John.  Lawn is like dawn...I pronounce the w in them.  Where as on and John have the "o" sound like in box. 

    (I will admit that my family must've rubbed off on me at some point when it comes to those types of o's)

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  • TisharpTisharp member
    I took it twice, and tried to say all of the words outloud, but got the same response, even though did change one answer (can't remember which one now).

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  • NukkeNukke member
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    Haha, I made a mistake too!  My hubby pointed out to me that I actually used to say pass-ta, and I actually started saying paw-sta when I met him.  My answer has changed because of that single answer.  Now I got full-on Canadian.

    Canadian

    People from outside North America probably think you`re from the States, but over here we wouldn't make such a mistake.

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  • My husband just took it and it said neutral and he has a "Texas" accent.  So I agree - I'm not so sure about the accuracy here!
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  • NukkeNukke member
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    Something fun that my hubby does that I love to hear is... he sorta pronounces the L in words like "balm" and "calm".  Do any of you guys do that?  It almost sounds more calming when you throw an l in there!
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  • TisharpTisharp member

    image Nukke:
    Something fun that my hubby does that I love to hear is... he sorta pronounces the L in words like "balm" and "calm".  Do any of you guys do that?  It almost sounds more calming when you throw an l in there!

    I don't think I have ever heard someone NOT say the "L" sound in those words.  lol  So would it be like "bawm" and "cawm"?


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    image MC22:

    image TishaPayne:
    ALSO, "On" "lawn" and "John" - how do they not all rhyme?  How would you say them not the same?  lol

    I pronounce lawn much differently than on and John.  Lawn is like dawn...I pronounce the w in them.  Where as on and John have the "o" sound like in box. 

    (I will admit that my family must've rubbed off on me at some point when it comes to those types of o's)

    I still can't "hear" the difference.  I can't figure out how lawn and dawn and john don't all have the "on" sound.  Do you say "on" like "awn" or some other way?  It sounds like "awn" when I say it.  So dawn, lawn, john, awn, on, fawn, maw, pawn, saw, vaughn, yawn, all sound the same to me.


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  • DyorkDyork member
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    I got Northern. 

    Which American accent do you have?

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    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.

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  • image TishaPayne:
    I still can't "hear" the difference.  I can't figure out how lawn and dawn and john don't all have the "on" sound.  Do you say "on" like "awn" or some other way?  It sounds like "awn" when I say it.  So dawn, lawn, john, awn, on, fawn, maw, pawn, saw, vaughn, yawn, all sound the same to me.

    I wish I could record my voice and post it - haha!

    So "on" when I say it sounds like "ahn" - not sure if that helps.  Or think like box - the way the o sounds in that word. 

    Whereas, dawn sounds like dawn...with the "aw" clearly sounded out.

    One that I didn't get was Mary, marry, and merry.  How would those sound different?

    And, Nukke, I also pronounce the "l" in calm...I've also not ever heard it without it.

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    image TishaPayne:
    I still can't "hear" the difference.  I can't figure out how lawn and dawn and john don't all have the "on" sound.  Do you say "on" like "awn" or some other way?  It sounds like "awn" when I say it.  So dawn, lawn, john, awn, on, fawn, maw, pawn, saw, vaughn, yawn, all sound the same to me.

    I wish I could record my voice and post it - haha!

    So "on" when I say it sounds like "ahn" - not sure if that helps.  Or think like box - the way the o sounds in that word. 

    Whereas, dawn sounds like dawn...with the "aw" clearly sounded out.

    One that I didn't get was Mary, marry, and merry.  How would those sound different?

    And, Nukke, I also pronounce the "l" in calm...I've also not ever heard it without it.

    This! How do those not sound the same?? I think I said it to myself ten times trying to "hear" a difference. I think I will have to take this one with Lance because I can't "hear" myself saying things the same or different. If that makes any sense :)   

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    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.


  • I'm with Tisha.  John, lawn, on, and even box, all have a "ah" sound.  The only time I have ever heard it pronounced differently is when people say John with two syllables, like "Jowan" (more of a New Jersey pronunciation).

    And everyone I know says calm and balm with the "l" pronounced.

     Ashlee/Tisha, some people in the Northeast say Mah-ry insead of Mairy. 

    I also find it interesting that there is not a single person who has gotten "Southern" as a response, which further illustrates my point that they did not ask questions that would identify a Southern accent.  That is strange, to me, since Southern is such a known accent.

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  • NukkeNukke member
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    Tish--when I say "balm" and "calm" it does sound more like how you wrote it "bawm" and "cawm".  For example, "bomb" and "balm" are exactly the same to me.

    erin--they did ask some Southern accent questions that I noticed. Like, the "ah" when you pronounce an "I" like in ride and dive. 

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  • NukkeNukke member
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    If anyone wants to hear my accent, here's a vlog I posted a few years ago while I was in University. 
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    image Nukke:

    Tish--when I say "balm" and "calm" it does sound more like how you wrote it "bawm" and "cawm".  For example, "bomb" and "balm" are exactly the same to me.

    erin--they did ask some Southern accent questions that I noticed. Like, the "ah" when you pronounce an "I" like in ride and dive. 

    Maybe it's a Canadian/American thing. I've never heard anyone pronounce the "l" in either of those.

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    image nfp147:

    Maybe it's a Canadian/American thing. I've never heard anyone pronounce the "l" in either of those.

    That's a definite possibility, because--as I said too--I didn't hear this l pronounced until I met my (American) husband.

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