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Samuel Dravis
01-05-2007, 05:53 PM
So I ran across this accent tester thingy (http://www.gotoquiz.com/what_american_accent_do_you_have), and it made me wonder what sort of accents you guys have (and how yours compares to the thingy). So, out with it! Mine is:

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.

That's pretty accurate. I live near Austin, Texas and very few people have noticeable accents here. About the most accent I have is the sort of words I might use, particularly "y'all" and "coke" to refer to any soft drink. :p However, if you go either east or west much you start having people with incomprehensible accents...

RoxStar
01-05-2007, 06:03 PM
What American accent do you have?
Your 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."

It's true, except I don't use Chicagoan slang.

ET Warrior
01-05-2007, 06:04 PM
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.

Makes sense, most Coloradans don't have noticeable accents.

Det. Bart Lasiter
01-05-2007, 06:14 PM
"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've got a Boston accent and've been made fun of for it. Hmm.

jon_hill987
01-05-2007, 06:17 PM
I don't have an accent, I just pronounce English properly. :P

jebbers
01-05-2007, 06:23 PM
Your Result: Philadelphia

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.

Funny I live in Western New York... no where near Philly

Boba Rhett
01-05-2007, 06:40 PM
Midland here. Right on the ball.

Taos
01-05-2007, 07:13 PM
The West. No major shock here. :)

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MrWally
01-05-2007, 07:33 PM
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 am from Chicago... but I don't sound like people from Wisconsin. :D



I'd like to see a test where you actually speak into a microphone and make vowel sounds and say words and such to see whether you have an accent or not.

RoxStar
01-05-2007, 09:46 PM
I don't have an accent, I just pronounce English properly. :P

Psh, you english are incredibly off-colour in your habits.












:p

milo
01-05-2007, 09:50 PM
"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.

Yeah I didn't think I really had an accent either. I've lived in a lot of places so I've picked up different accents and mannerisms from everywhere.

Mercid
01-05-2007, 09:57 PM
"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.

Hmm, that would be right. Say, does it count if you spent lots of time in the north and then spent time in the south killing any accent you might have had before?

IG-64
01-05-2007, 09:58 PM
"'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."

I'm from Houston. :p

"You have a good voice for TV and radio."

Hey, I've always thought that too. :P

Samnmax221
01-05-2007, 10:05 PM
"North Central" is what professional linguists call the Minnesota accent. If you saw "Fargo" you probably didn't think the characters sounded very out of the ordinary. Outsiders probably mistake you for a Canadian a lot.

I've never been mistaken for a Canadian, although when I was in Texas 5 years ago I constantly got "You aren't from around here are yah?". I was born in Missouri but moved out a little after I turned a year old. Honestly I don't sound like anybody from Fargo.

boinga1
01-05-2007, 10:22 PM
"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.


This is a really vague answer. It basically says they dunno where I'm from. I am, in fact, from the South, very medium-sized city.

Monkey Mania
01-05-2007, 10:38 PM
It's says I have a southern accent. Pretty accurate.

Commander Obi-Wan
01-05-2007, 11:41 PM
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."

Sounds true. :p

Tyrion
01-05-2007, 11:50 PM
"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."

The second closest was The West, so they're fairly accurate.

Jeff
01-06-2007, 01:13 AM
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."

Pretty true. I live in Michigan so I'm right by the great lakes, and I call pop pop :p

Bob Lion54
01-06-2007, 09:27 AM
"Your Result: The South
That's a Southern accent you've got there. You may love it, you may hate it, you may swear you don't have it, but whatever the case, we can hear it."

Well, I've lived in South Louisiana my whole life, so I guess they got me.

Pho3nix
01-06-2007, 10:28 AM
Your Result: The Inland North

Haha I always thought I had a Finnish accent. :D

PR-0927
01-06-2007, 03:17 PM
"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.


Makes sense, I live in northern Ohio. Although, I got a bit confused in the words and pronouncing them because I actually thought about it...kinda screws me up.

But, I also call pop, "pop." So...

And yeah, I do have that radio-like voice.

I love Boston accents BTW. Southern accents kinda start to piss me off after a while...

LOL.

- PR-0927

edlib
01-06-2007, 03:36 PM
Wicked pissah,.. it told me I hava Bahstahnn akcint...

Wow, big surprise there. :rolleyes:

Jeff
01-06-2007, 03:59 PM
Your Result: The Inland North

Haha I always thought I had a Finnish accent. :DIts just American accents I think ;)

Sabretooth
01-06-2007, 11:43 PM
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.

I actually have a cross between a Brit and an Indian accent.

Datheus
01-07-2007, 12:00 AM
I got the midland too.

I actually have a strange blend. I'm from Vermont, and people in Vermont talk kind of funny compared to the rest of New England. It's not very noticeable, but a few words here and there are just kind of.. off. Combine that with being near Canada, the big New England cities, and then moving to the south, my pronunciation can be all over the place. Down here, I'm made fun of for how I say things like "car". That's right. I park the cahr in the Hahvahrd yahrd. Though, when I visit my friends in New England, they like to give me a hard time for sounding southern.

MrWally
01-07-2007, 12:02 AM
Like Naveen Andrews?

He sounds sooooo cool.

Datheus
01-07-2007, 12:18 AM
He sounds pretty British to me. I don't hear much Indian in there.

Rogue15
01-07-2007, 10:55 AM
midland, about right as i've lived in pa, michigan, new york, and florida.

Daft Adidas
01-07-2007, 11:24 AM
mines was New York, even though i'm not American i've given it a try.

TiE23
01-07-2007, 11:48 AM
Your Result: Your Result: The West

Hellz yea! I was born in Southern California and came to Washington when I was 13/14 three years ago.

Top accent influence.

The Midland
Boston
North Central
The Inland North
Philadelphia
The South
The Northeast


Random: When I'm lazy I talk like I have a slight stereotypical English accent.

Titanius Anglesmith
01-07-2007, 02:28 PM
Mine was The Midland with nothing else coming close to it except for The West. I guess that's pretty accurate, me being from Tennessee.

Dagobahn Eagle
01-07-2007, 03:50 PM
I'm from Philadelphia. Except I'm not, I'm from Norway. Oh well.

I don't have an accent, I just pronounce English properly. :P:rofl:

Joetheeskimo
01-09-2007, 10:56 PM
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.

Makes sense, most Coloradans don't have noticeable accents.

That's what I got too, although I live in the Northeast. I guess by "Northeast" they're thinking of Maine accents...? The funny thing is, a Northeastern accent was very last in the rankings.

Southern accents kinda start to piss me off after a while...

LOL.

- PR-0927

Same here, but it's not like it's their fault. :p
OOC: How long have you been PR-0927? I must be out of the loop...anyway, it's a bit harder to remember than Majin Revan...;)

Mace MacLeod
01-10-2007, 09:47 AM
Midland accent. Surprising considering I'm Canadian.

Alegis
01-11-2007, 05:48 PM
This thread is useless without voice clips.

We demand voice clips

Dagobahn Eagle
01-13-2007, 03:06 PM
I've been told repeatedly that I talk like Arnorld Schwarzenegger, so just listen to him.

Or maybe they were referring to my enormous muscles. Or maybe not:p.

Reclaimer
01-13-2007, 08:46 PM
"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.

Bleh.

Kenjuu
01-13-2007, 11:33 PM
I don't have an accent, I just pronounce English properly. :P

Rawfull, this made me laugh. In otherwords, you have an English accent.

I got THE WEST, also very close to THE MIDLAND, BOSTON, and NORTH CENTRAL. I'm not American though.

martmeister
02-07-2007, 04:14 PM
"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."

Ironic, seeing how I've lived in the South all my life. Then again, after hearing clips of my voice from my teenage years, one would swear that I was a SoCal surfer.

Pfff, never considered being a radio jock.

BongoBob
02-07-2007, 06:16 PM
zOMG MAJOR THREAD BUMPAGE!

JKLE_Cougar
02-07-2007, 06:19 PM
What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Inland North


its funny cause i was born in ohio but i live in RI now and north east scored the highest

i dont care if this is bumping or not i found it quite amusing :p

Q
02-07-2007, 06:37 PM
"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.Thank God!

I've lived in southwest Virginia for 15 years and I STILL don't sound like a redneck!:xp: w00t!

Agen
02-13-2007, 09:05 PM
Apparently I have a Boston accent, despite sounding like Desmond from Lost...

O_o

And Midlanders don't have accents? Don't make me laugh. :D
Every American has an accent!