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  • I have lived in California for 35 years after growing up in Wisconsin. I tested 100% inland north and I DO call soft drinks:pop, a pocket knife:jack knife, a turn signal: blinker and a water fountain: bubbler. You can take the girl out of Wisconsin, but you can't take Wisconsin out of the girl.

    shasta
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  • I agree about #8, "Mary" and "marry" are the same for me. I also agree that there was not enough to demonstrate southern accents; a few questions on syllable count and rhyming would have helped a lot. You put me in the northeast. I was born in the south and have lived in Texas for thirty years. I don't have a huge Texas accent, but I certainly don't sound like I'm from New York.

    BaronRidi
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  • I took the quiz & the results were accurate, but its title isn't - "accent" is so commonly misused that hardly anyone thinks twice, but what the quiz is trying to determine is "dialect," NOT "accent" which describes the influence of another language or nationality! Where's the quiz for vocabulary?

    HeatherJ
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  • I've taken this quiz twice: first time I was from the northeast, second time from the Midwest (where I've spent at the most 5 days). While I've lived in New England for 40 years, I'm from East Texas & have never completely lost the accent; the pronunciations I use for words in the quiz have not substantively changed since I was a child. Way off the mark.

    Mack Woodward
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  • Your Result: The West

    Your accent is the lowest common denominator of American speech. Unless you're a SoCal surfer, no one thinks you have an accent. And really, you may not even be from the West at all, you could easily be from Florida or one of those big Southern cities like Dallas or Atlanta.

    Well, I'm from the South, so it's fine with me...

    Irish Girl10
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  • I'm a Dallas girl! Raised in Big D and I have been told all of my life I have a Texas accent. After taking the quiz, I am considered a Midland or no accent girl...maybe because I was an English major in college. I pronounced words a little differently than most who live in the South or specifically, Texas. In any event, I am still a proud Texas girl whose nonaccent could be from Dallas

    Texbeth1618
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  • Wayyyyyy off. Says I'm from Philadelphia area. I was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH and have lived in Wyoming for over 30 years. Tho, to be fair, when growing up in Ohio my cousins in Michigan said I had an accent different from the rest of my family (mom, dad, 5 bros & 1 sis) Maybe that's it...mixed with living in the north west for so long (MT, SD, & WY)

    WyoLady
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  • My results indicated I am as Philadelphia as they come! I have spent only a total of about 3 weeks on separate occasions in Philadelphia, after I was 50. My Dad was military - we lived mainly in the sunbelt. As an adult, I spent years in AZ, CA, LA, then a stretch in northern VA, NC, and WI. I took the test carefully, said the words out loud, so Philly is a mystery to me!

    auntiemo
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  • 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.

    lorelie
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  • I got:

    *"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.*

    ~TT_Twin_G irl :)

    TT_Twin_Girl
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  • Actually I'm from the west - Western Montana to be exact - and descended from English, Norwegian, Greek ancestors with a little Native American tossed in the melting pot.To be honest all my southern friends say they enjoy Montana because it's like never leaving the south. You don't suppose no accent means too much t.v. and too many movies?

    lulubelle
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  • Your Result: The West

    Your accent is the lowest common denominator of American speech. Unless you're a SoCal surfer, no one thinks you have an accent. And really, you may not even be from the West at all, you could easily be from Florida or one of those big Southern cities like Dallas or Atlanta

    holy s--- how'd you know!!!!!!!!? (about where i lived)

    Angel of Hell
    1
  • 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.

    ciara212
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  • 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.

    YAY I ALWAYS WANTED TO BE AN ACTRESS

    xoxoKASEYxoxo
    1
  • I got 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.

    Well, I'm from Michigan. Good quiz!

    Cheaz X Balle
    1
  • That's very interesting. I'm a Scots (not Scotch!) teacher interested in the English language and linguistics and I'm looking into how immigration affected the formation of accents in the US. My accent is closest to the Boston accent - as could be expected from the number of Scots/Irish immigrants to that area a couple of centuries back.

    curious_imp
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  • I'm from New York but I scored the Midland (no distinct accent - could be from anywhere). The last line said that this accent would be good for radio & TV, which made me laugh because I spent four years in college studying Radio / TV and announcing (and now work in the field) - working hard to lose that distinct New Yawk accent. ;-D

    maya
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  • 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.

    Thats right i'm from columbus

    DirtyBillionaire
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  • I ended up with 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.""

    I'm Norwegian and I have never been to the States! Haha..

    magda
    1
  • "Your accent is as Philadelphian as a cheesesteak! If you're not from Philadelphia, then you're from someplace near there like south Jersey, Baltimore, or Wilmington. if you've ever journeyed to some far off place where people don't know that Philly has an accent, someone may have thought you talked a little weird even though they didn't have a clue what accent it was they heard."

    I'm not even american and English is my second language???

    potterfan
    1
  • That's interesting. It said "Inland North." I'm a Southerner, but my mother, who'd lost her accent to further her law career, started working on mine when I was but a wee child. I get a lot of comments from other Southerners asking if I'm a Yankee, and from confused Northerners asking me to explain where I'm from.

    Steph
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  • I got the Inland North (Great Lakes) accent, which seems about right because I *am* from WI (Appleton, which is kind of near Green Bay). But I don't use the word "pop"; I say "soda". And could someone please explain to me the difference between the Inland North accent and the North Central (Upper Midwestern) accent? I'm really curious. WI has both and I honestly can't tell them apart.

    aunttravelingmatt
    1
  • The West! I guess that's pretty accurate considering it said that "outsiders probably mistake you for a canadian"! Well that's good considering I am one! And proud of it! But I guess this quiz really isn't made for anyone outside of the US...what's new. A little inclusion would be nice every once in a while. Honestly we're just like you, we just spell a few words like the British! We don't live in igloos, eat blubber, and say eh all the time up here!

    Alexandra Elizabeth
    1
  • The answer to the quiz says that I am from Philadelphia or nearby New Jersey. Well, I am from New Orleans. New Orleans natives, especially those over 40, have an accent similar to New Jersey or Brooklyn. People born and raised in New Orleans do not have a southern accent like people from Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas and northern Louisiana. We have a unique accent that is similar to that of New Jersey natives.

    Johnny
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  • I actually took this quiz a while back and it said I had a Western accent. I've no clue what those sound like, though. Meh, like I said before, all Americans sound the same, with the exception of the ones with thick Southern accents. From another person's point of view, what do North Floridian accents sound like? Central Floridian? I've heard they differ, which I find a bit odd.

    Schmusername
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