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  • Wow, i was born in texas and have since lived in South Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, and this quiz said I have a Inland north accent. But both of my parents grew up in Wisconsin and my ENTIRE family lives there. People are always noticing that when I say sorry I say Sore-ee instead of Sar-ee, which is what people say where i live. So really this quiz was right on track!

  • Most people don't think they have an accent because all the people around them talk like they do. I've lived in a few states and accents can change from city to city not just region or state. A lot of times in bigger cites you can tell if someone grew up in the north, south, east, west or central part of that city by their accent. So, for the people that are saying that Americans all talk the same except Southerners, you are very wrong. There are thousands of accents in the US, you just have to listen.

  • I love some of the comments. Come on people, this is a fun quiz. My favorite comments are the, "this quiz was wrong, I pride myself on not having any accent and only speaking perfect English!" My next favorite are the, "where I'm from, people don't have accents. Absolutely everyone says so, we are all newscasters here. People say that all the time about where I live."

    This quiz completely nailed me. It was surprisingly accurate for only a dozen or so questions.

    Regional variations are fun, don't be all pricky about it.

  • I agree! The test is stupid! Where the heck is Inland North? Born in Upstate NY, lived 30+ yrs in SO. CA (& have Never dropped my ending consonants-??), school teacher 10yrs. I like the fact that they futher insult me by saying: "You may think you speak standard English straight out of the Dictionary.." blah, blah.. yet, I can pick out an accent within 5 minutes of talking to someone. "Pop"? I don't think I've ever used that word except in the song...huh...I guess accents should be left for what you use to decorate your house with.

  • So NewYorkJulie and Speaks - are you saying that the quiz accurately rates you according to your perceived voice or speaking voice? I was ranked as Inland North (Chicago/Great Lakes), but I am from the DEEP South; the furthest South you can go in the US without entering Mexico. In addition, I have never lived in any state other than Texas.

  • I was born and raised in North Carolina and have lived in New York City for the past 30 years. My friends and colleagues in NYC think I have a strong Southern accent. I am in agreement with them, but I don't think my accent is as strong as those of my friends and family members who reside where I grew up. I found it odd, that the result of this quiz was that I have a 100% Midland accent.

  • The results said Philadelphia, which surprised me, until I realized that I learned to speak English from my mother, who was from Philadelphia, and that obviously had a strong influence on me. Another test I found on the internet also said Philadelphia. After some research, I found the questions on this quiz are well thought out and based on known data for identifying regional dialects.

  • "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.

    That's nice. I'm from Asia, though ...

    Vira Dash
  • I am from North Carolina and I am currently living in West Virginia. I have never been told I sound like I came from anywhere near Philly. I have had extensive vocal training in the past, but I was always told I sounded more mid western than anything else. I have never had any one ffrom Philly mistaken me for being from their area and I have met a lot of people from the area.

  • This is the second quiz I've taken that said Philadelphia and got it wrong. The first quiz gave some other options, stating I was either a "yat" from New Orleans or a rare New Yorker whose "on" rhymes with "dawn." I'm from Manhattan, most of my Manhattan public school and local friends sound similar to me and I don't think we're a rare breed. Is the commenter from New Orleans who also got Philly a "yat?" I still have no idea what that is.

  • I came out 98% Midland. I have no accent, and tend to pronounce my words exactly how they are if you looked them up in the dictionary.

    In my years from birth through college, I have lived in Massachusetts, Mississippi, Arizona, England, Virginia and Colorado. I have resided in Connecticut for the past 20 years. No one can tell where I'm from...

  • Try it again changing your age. I am 42 and was 86% Midland. Entered age 18 and came out 98% West. Tried again at 60 and over and came out as a Northern Midland- meaning Minnesota or someone who gets mistaken for a Canadian! Try it! Very interesting. Truth- I was born and raised in So California and have spent the last 15 here in Vegas.

    Used my husbands answers and played with the age stuff. And guess what?

    No matter what age you can always tell a New Yorker! Can't take NY out of the boy!


  • Well, you all have to remember that we are a product of ALL the places we've lived and our family and friends have lived, not just one particular place. My mother had a thick German accent, my father was from NJ, and we lived in NJ until I was 10 years old. This quiz was right on for me--said Northeast. Interestingly, I haven't lived there for over 50 years, but people tell me I still have a detectable eastern accent. I have no trace of a German accent! I thought this was fun!

  • I scored 100%, it tells me "The Midland"..., I grew up in South Mississippi since 6 years of age (53 now). Just goes to show you can't always judge a book by it's cover. I credit it to good upbringing, good education, proper pronunciation skills & travel around the world experiencing numerous cultures & dialects.

  • Mine said Philadelphia too! And - yep - that's where I am from. And just so everyone knows - the correct pronunciation of "ACME" is Ack-ah-me. Just ask anyone from Philly! Oh- and we drop "d"s off the end of words, ie. "second" is pronounced "secon". Once, while watching the Eagles, the refs were actually calling the game in our favor (a rarity). The one then said "secon" down - explained everything! I jumped up and yelled: "He's from Philly!"

  • As an insurance agent I speak with people all around the US and have been asked many times if I'm from the northern midwest because of my accent. I have lived in southwest lower MI all my life and yes I call carbonated drinks pop. Everyone tells me I have a midwestern accent but of course I disagree, I don't have an accent. Amazing how right on this test is!!!

  • Haha omg. This thing is very very flawed. My result answering truthfully said I had a "midland" accent. The kicker I'm from the south born and raised. Have a fairly thick Southern accent, and when I travel to the north, west, anywhere outside the south really I'm instantly recognized as being from the south. GF accent quiz. You fail miserably.

  • Your Result: The Midland 85%

    "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.

    I think this suits me very well even though i live in New Jersey

  • "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.

    I'm a native Texan.
    Need I say more?

  • I grew up in Monroe, CT. My 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."

    Ummm, no. No one asks me where I am from when I speak and I have never called Coca-Cola 'pop'.

  • I was born and raised in Soutern California. I speak eloquently and WITHOUT any distinct accent (LOL!)I do think I have a pretty good voice for radio or TV which is what a Midland accent has. That was what I was told I had. I am not from the midwest south, or northeast. They are the ones with the funny accents, especially New Jersey and Massachusetts.

  • To everyone saying they got Midland and aren't from there, just to clarify if you read the explanation they gave, you would see they say it means you DON'T HAVE an accent so you could be from anywhere really. You speak normal proper english. The creator probably should have called midland something else to avoid confusion. I got Midland but my girlfriend got The West and it's totally dead on!

  • I'm from South Texas, my parents are from Cleveland and Central Kansas and you put me from Philadelphia???!!! I've never even been to Philadelphia, although I have lived in the Boston area and in Santa Monica, before returning to Houston and Texas. (And, by the way, Texas has SO MANY accents!!) Totally off, and then the star rating do-hickey didn't take my rating but made one up for me!

  • Your diagnosis was incorrect. Nobody has ever mistaken me for Wisconsin or Chicago. Discerning listeners can pick up my slight Pittsburgh accent. I don't speak as heavily as most Pittsburghers but have lived out of the are for more than 20 years. Words like wash (pronounced with an R by many Yinzers)or creek ( aka crick) are dead give aways as are the Steelers (aka Stillers).

  • Philadelphia must have paid the creators of this "quiz". While I have been to the City of Brotherly Love, I am a fourth generation Californian. Born and raised in San Francisco. All education in California. Parents both born and educated in California.

    What does this mean? People in Philadelphia want to live in California so badly they have begun to talk like us.


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