Monday, 30 July 2007

What American accent do you have?

On Feeble Mindings, Stephen Carlson links to a nice online quiz on "What American accent do you have?" Well, we've been in America for almost two years now, so I thought I'd see how I faired:

What American accent do you have?
Created by Xavier on Memegen.net

New York City. You are most definitely from New York City. Not New Jersey, not Connecticut. If you are from Jersey then you can probably get into New York City in 10 minutes or less.

Take this quiz now - it's easy!
We're going to start with "cot" and "caught." When you say those words do they sound the same or different?




I rather like the "definitely" in the above. Somehow, I don't think it's set up for British English speakers, but it shows that I've not yet picked up anything of the North Carolinian accent, perhaps surprising in that I can drop "y'all" in a pretty good accent into any conversation now, and I am almost able to do it without feeling self-conscious.

3 comments:

Brandon said...

It determined that I was neutral: "Neutral. Not Northern, Southern, or Western, just American." What a relief! I can still poke fun at others' accents. ;-)

Stephen C. Carlson said...

The New York accent has some things in common with British accents, but you hardly sound like a New Yorker!

css said...

I wound up with two suggestions: Neutral and Southern, which is interesting since most people tell me that they cannot place my accent. I was born and raised in Atlanta, GA; but I have lived in Cincinnati, OH since 1998. That may explain the difficulty.