From the Land of Sky Blue Waters…

Not bad for an automated quiz: it picked the speech region where I and both my parents were born and raised.

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

Northern. Whether you have the world famous Inland North accent of the Great Lakes area, or the radio-friendly sound of upstate NY and western New England, your accent is what used to set the standard for American English pronunciation (not much anymore now that the Inland North sounds like it does).

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?

[Quiz seen at Rimrunner.]

About JE

James Enge is the author of the World-Fantasy-Award-nominated novel Blood of Ambrose (Pyr, April 2009). His latest book is The Wide World's End. His short fiction has appeared in Swords and Dark Magic (Harper Collins, 2010), Black Gate, the Stabby-Award-winning anthology Blackguards and elsewhere.
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8 Responses to From the Land of Sky Blue Waters…

  1. burger_eater says:

    Right in one!

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

    Mid-Atlantic. This is what everyone calls a Philadelphia accent although it’s also the accent of south Jersey, Baltimore, and Wilmington. Well, everyone that lives near there, that is. Outsiders can tell you talk differently from them even though they can’t tell what your accent is.

    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?


    • JE says:

      I’m tempted to go through it again and answer with what-I-think-is a different accent, and see what it tells me.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Northern, and they didn’t even have to ask me how to pronounce “sauna.”

    –Jeff Stehman

  3. ryanharvey says:

    As I expected, I’m Midlands/Western, i.e. “neutral” accent. Which is pretty much what everybody tells me. It’s standard for Southern Californians.

    • JE says:

      I didn’t notice that much difference between my dialect and the most common SoCal dialect the last time I was there–but the locals sure did. Something about my vowels, especially the long O.

  4. le_trombone says:

    Yup, me too, which isn’t surprising as I am a Great Lakes person as well.

    It’s a widespread region, I see, that encompasses both of my parents’ childhood homes.

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