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Old 11-02-2011, 11:51 PM
 
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My results: 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.

Interesting. I am from that area, but I've been told I don't have an accent from that area anymore. I guess the way I pronounce those words still give me away!


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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.


This is true! I don't have a local identity!
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Old 11-03-2011, 12:32 AM
 
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My results were the same as Mr. Sensai ---- Neutral.

Probably because I was born in New England and spent three years there, then moved to North Carolina for a year before ending up in Texas. But I also spent 5 years in Canada in my late teens / early 20s. And my Vermont mom and Westchester County, New York dad's speech undoubtedly influenced my speech as well !!!
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Old 11-03-2011, 02:01 AM
 
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My accent was neutral. I blame it on my parents (teachers) and higher education as well as moving around a bit as a child.
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Old 11-03-2011, 02:04 AM
 
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Northeastern for me.....which is pretty dead on for my location! Although....I do say my r's!!!

Northeastern
This could either mean an r-less NYC or Providence accent or one from Jersey which doesn't sound the same. Just because you got this result doesn't mean you don`t pronounce R's.(People in Jersey don`t call their state "Joisey" in real life)


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Seriously? I'm a native Texan, and my people are from the deep South (Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, & Louisiana) so I just don't see how it could be possible that anybody thinks I sound like a Yankee. Maybe it's because there aren't any questions about the correct pronunciation of y'all!
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Neutral here, too. Although I think I have a pretty thick Boston accent!
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Old 11-03-2011, 03:12 AM
 
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Mine was Western which is funny because I do not live in the West and never have. The only place in the west I have ever even been to is Las Vegas .
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Accurate for me
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Old 11-03-2011, 03:19 AM
 
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Mine was Western. I am in Oklahoma, and the map showed only the panhandle. It's close enough though!


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I grew up outside of Chicago so I guess that is pretty accurate. The funny thing is that I have lived more years in south Louisiana than I did growing up in Indiana. I guess you just can't get the Yankee out of me!
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Old 11-03-2011, 03:52 AM
 
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Here's mine, and right on the money. I've never lived anywhere but in the West.


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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Old 11-03-2011, 04:12 AM
 
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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.

Definitely!!!
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Old 11-03-2011, 04:23 AM
 
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Ha-ha! I've lived in Alabama all my life! I think mine is a result of: My Mom who always corrected my words, my vocal training as a voice major in college, and my teaching voice too I think(?) Anyway, I don't think I sound like the typical southerner that you hear and see in movies and t.v. Well, that was fun! Thanks y'all!
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Old 11-03-2011, 04:26 AM
 
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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 lived in the south until 8th grade, then spent a decade or so in Ohio, and now I've spent almost a decade here in Texas. So neutral makes perfect sense. Although I can do a great Southern accent if I want to.
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Old 11-03-2011, 04:28 AM
 
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It said I had the North central (I believe) or otherwise known as the Minnesotan accent. Guess I can't get rid of my accent since I have not lived in Minnesota for years.
People sometimes ask me where I am from because of my accent but I feel that I don't talk any differently than they do. I currently live in Iowa, so it isn't that far off
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Old 11-03-2011, 04:37 AM
 
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I got neutral. Really?

I've lived in eastern Kentucky all my life. Maybe "Appalachian hillbilly" wasn't an option.
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Old 11-03-2011, 05:16 AM
 
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Ima. I think that might be right!

I got neutral, which according to the map was right on. However, since leaving there 30 years ago, I have tried very hard to correct the way I pronounce words. I went to college just 2 hours north of my home and people were always asking me where the heck I was from due to the way I spoke.

I did try to answer the questions with words the way I grew up saying them. As an elementary teacher, I try to say them the right way. There are many times I have to repeat things so that I can say them correctly. One recent example, say "gel nails" three times quick. Sounds the same where I come from.
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Old 11-03-2011, 05:17 AM
 
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I got Western. This surprised me because I was just certain I would have neutral!

I did a lot of theater in HS and college and we would work on accents. I was always told our accent here WAS neutral. Apparently it's just nearly neutral!

There are a few things I said as a child or young adult that the survey asked which I outgrew or stopped saying because too many people called me out on it, for example, how I said roof and bag. I wonder of that would have changed my results.

Of course, I am in the West so it does make sense
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Neutral too!
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And I'm Canadian!
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. . . which is not surprising since I've lived here all my life.
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I got 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 thought I'd surely be neutral. But I guess a California accent is about as Western as you can get.
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Western, which is appropriate since I love my Cali weather too much to ever move.
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I'm Canadian...which makes sense. I was born and raised in Canada.
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Neutral for me, which is surprising. I grew up in West Texas, and when I went to college in San Antonio, I was gently teased about my "cute little Texas accent", since I was then with kids from all over the globe. After that, I lived in Dallas for many years, and worked so very hard to get rid of that twang. I guess it worked!
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which is correct for me. Grew up in an far eastern suburb of Cleveland, edge of the county Cleveland is in.
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nuetral! Kind of fits my personality as well.
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Old 11-03-2011, 07:22 AM
 
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I'm neutral, and from the highlighted part of the map I got on my results. I figured I would get neutral....no one has ever told me that I have an accent.
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I got Western which made me laugh because I have the worst Boston accent ever!!!
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Old 11-03-2011, 08:27 AM
 
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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.


When I lived in NYC, people could always tell that I was from California, which I thought was weird. But I guess I do have a specific accent.

I can't for the life of me figure out how you would make "bag" and "vague" sound the same!! "Bag" uses the short a, and "vague" uses the long a. So would you say "bag" with a long a or "vague" with a short a!? I've heard people say most of the other words in movies or whatever, but I've never heard anyone make "bag" and "vague" rhyme!
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"What people call the "Minnesota accent." Sounds almost Canadian. You may have even been asked if you were from Canada before."

Well, I'm from Canada so I'd say it fits pretty well.
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Northern- NYC here
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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


Now this is WAY off. I have never lived in the western part of US. I lived in OH until I was 5. But, I have been in Arkansas since. I think I have that southern drawl. At least all of my northern family thinks so!
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My result was western. Hmm...I thought that was very interesting. I am from West Virginia and considered it to be a part of the east.
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Neutral.

I do live pretty close to the highlighted part of my map.
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Sothern.
I have lived in texas for 15 years.
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Yep- I'm from Western New York


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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Which is funny as I am from Indiana and have been my entire life. I had a teacher in high school who said people from Indiana had what she called Hoosierisms in their speech....which I would believe I had being from here my entire life.
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My husband got neutral. He's a California boy raised by a Boston-born & raised mom.
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Neutral here, too. I'm from the south.
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Mine said "neutral" but I most definitely have a southern accent!
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It's so funny because I grew up in SE Virginia and it used to be a very southern area. My mama's people are from Carolina so we've always been southern, but my part of Virginia is so transient because of military so most of the people I know don't sound southern.

My own kids sound like their daddy (who is also from here, but grew up in a military family so he doesn't have an accent.) They've just spent years making fun of mine.

The weird thing is every time I call my mama or sister (my peeps are all down in NC), I slip back into full blown southern.

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My results were Western, but I spent my first 22 years in the North East and the last 11 in the South East. I went to Vegas once, maybe that did it?
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Me and only one other person were the only ones who got Mid-Atlantic?

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That was interesting. My results said Western, but I have never lived out west.
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I got neutral. I do live close to the highlighted areas.
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I have no accent!
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Northern. Which makes sense, since I am a Northerner (damn Yankee!)

BUT - I do not live in Western NE, or near any of the cities listed (Detroit, Chicago, Buffalo, Cleveland). I think the people from those areas talk differently than I do.

I am a Jersey girl, but do not have what people consider a Jersey accent (truly, I can count on one hand the number of people I actually know who sound like that!).

I think I sound like the newscasters from the NY metro area. They sound like how most of the people in my area sound. (Normal! )
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Is it because I teach reading and decoding? How boring am I?????
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Dead on. Mine said I was from Northeast , close to Boston. That's me 100%
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I guess 25 years in the north combined with 40 years in the south equals neutral!
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I'm very southern. Never lived out of the south, so ah say ah all the time when I mean I. I am also guilty of saying, "Ah moan" when I mean "I am going to" - Example: Ah moan change anybody's color that talks! Of course, I know that some people think southerners are uneducated because of our dialect, but we all know that is not true! And Ceceteaches, I don't sound like the movie southerners either because I think they are usually not really southern, and it really is a hard dialect to mimic and sound authentic. That was a fun little quiz!
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Neutral. Which is kind of weird, since I lived in the Northeast almost my whole life.
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Northern for me!
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Mine was spot on...
Mid Atlantic
Also known as a "Philadelphia accent" but also heard in south Jersey, Baltimore, and thereabouts.


I live in PA in the Mid-Atlantic region -- although closer to the center of the state then to Philadelphia. I was skeptical and thought "well of course you would say it this way..." on many of the questions. So funny that it would be so specific and right on.
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Mine was perfect! I got Canadian....and I am! Funny!
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which makes sense since I am from Wisconsin!
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Old 11-03-2011, 03:39 PM
 
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I got Mid-Atlantic and the map was practically a street map of my hometown.
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Mid Atlantic

Also known as a "Philadelphia accent" but also heard in south Jersey, Baltimore, and thereabouts.

Ha-ha! I guess that what you get when you've lived in NJ, WV, GA, FL and OH.
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Old 11-03-2011, 03:57 PM
 
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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.


UUUmmmm born in Ohio and raised in Florida. Western??
But then I have traveled through most of the US and quite a few of the Eastern Europe countries.
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Old 11-03-2011, 04:05 PM
 
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I got Mid Atlantic

Also known as a "Philadelphia accent" but also heard in south Jersey, Baltimore, and thereabouts.

Which is funny since I was sure they would never know, but I am from Philadelphia and have never lived outside the area.
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Buffalo girl

This is a great post!
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Old 11-03-2011, 04:23 PM
 
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Count me among the neutral. Guess I missed my calling as a TV newscaster...
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Old 11-03-2011, 04:34 PM
 
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My results were Northern, which matches me because I was born and raised in Wisconsin.
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Old 11-03-2011, 05:00 PM
 
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I lived in Idaho until the end of the 5th grade when I moved to Alabama.
I guess my "southern drawl" didn't have a chance to properly develop.
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Northern which was right on because I grew up in Chicago and live in Michigan.
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Old 11-03-2011, 05:11 PM
 
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Northeastern, specifically Boston
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I got northern, which is what I would have expected since I have spent most of my life in Wisconsin, and it's where I grew up. My students in Arizona used to make fun of how I said words from time to time.
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Old 11-03-2011, 05:16 PM
 
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western. Which makes sense since I grew up in the West!
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Old 11-03-2011, 05:26 PM
 
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Northeast New England....BTW, I am from the Bahamas.
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Old 11-03-2011, 05:27 PM
 
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Yup, that's right!
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Old 11-03-2011, 06:23 PM
 
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I'm a neutral!

Nancy
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Old 11-03-2011, 06:36 PM
 
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I feel so validated! I am neutral. I have always said I sound just like people on TV do! I live in the west and thought that would be the accent.
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Western - makes sense, since I've lived in California all my life! Thanks for starting this thread...very interesting!
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Neutral
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You`re not Northern, Southern, or Western, you`re just plain -American-.
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Or maybe you just moved around a lot growing up.
Really interesting since I'm originally from Europe and didn't learn English (British English at that) until 8th grade.
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Northeast New England (the kind of accent they have in Boston)


That's pretty much me.
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Old 11-03-2011, 08:29 PM
 
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It's funny, because I have lived most of my life in Hawai'i, BUT my mom is from the North Central, and maybe I picked up some from her (but she really sounds nothing like my relatives in Mn).
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Right on since I am born and raised in Arizona!
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Old 11-03-2011, 09:10 PM
 
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California native go figure.

I love accents. Always wanted to have one, and now I do. Thanks GraceKrispy!!!
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Old 11-03-2011, 09:13 PM
 
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because I'm Canadian and it was supposed to be about American accents. But it pegged me as Canadian!
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Spot on! This included the Boston and northern coastline up to Maine, so it pegged me.

Cool!
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Old 11-04-2011, 04:38 AM
 
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That is what I got, very interesting, I grew up in California, and lived in Ca all my life....
While taking the quiz, I really had to say many of the words many times so I could hear myself.
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Old 11-04-2011, 06:04 AM
 
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Canadian. Some of the questions puzzled me--I guess it's because of my accent but "vague" and "bag" rhyming? really? I've never heard that before.
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which is odd to me, because I have never lived anywhere but Texas... and I have a distinct East Texas drawl... my friend in the UK says I sound like Peggy Hill.. (King of the Hill), though I'm sure I"m not really that bad!

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I've lived in eastern Kentucky all my life. Maybe "Appalachian hillbilly" wasn't an option.
And this made me laugh out loud, made me think maybe "East Texas Redneck" wasn't an option either...
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Old 11-04-2011, 12:31 PM
 
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Born and raised!! I didn't know people could pronouce those words those ways!!

Northeast New England
The kind of accent they have in Boston. There is more to it than just r`s. Like, you say "don" and "dawn" the same while the people down in NYC don`t.
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Neutral gal!
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Old 11-04-2011, 03:12 PM
 
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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.

Spot on! I'm from Michigan.
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Old 11-04-2011, 03:18 PM
 
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Puzzled here. Have lived in Florida, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina (now). I expected to read "neutral," because I have never been told that I have an accent. However my results of Western are rather confusing. I have never lived in the West, although I have been there on vacation.
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Old 11-04-2011, 03:35 PM
 
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Mid Atlantic here:

Also known as a "Philadelphia accent" but also heard in south Jersey, Baltimore, and thereabouts.

Been a Jersey girl my whole life
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Old 11-04-2011, 05:43 PM
 
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I was born in New Mexico, but I grew up in Missouri, and have lived in Kansas for the last 20 years. I was surprised to come up with a western accent.
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Old 11-04-2011, 06:19 PM
 
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I got Western. Pretty close to neutral. I've lived in Texas all my life. I wonder how I got "pretty close to neutral".
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Old 11-04-2011, 06:51 PM
 
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Northeastern
This could either mean an r-less NYC or Providence accent or one from Jersey which doesn't sound the same. Just because you got this result doesn't mean you don`t pronounce R's.(People in Jersey don`t call their state "Joisey" in real life)


Perfect- I'm from NY/NJ! This was fun. And I do say my r's, at least most of the time!
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