What American Accent Do I Have?

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What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Northeast

Judging by how you talk you are probably from north Jersey, New York City, Connecticut or Rhode Island. Chances are, if you are from New York City (and not those other places) people would probably be able to tell if they actually heard you speak.

Philadelphia
The Inland North
The Midland
The South
Boston
The West
North Central
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This is actually the first one of these I've taken that indicated where I'm actually from (Rhode Island, but even just the northeast would be good enough). That's probably because it didn't ask about the ways I differ from many people in the northeast but just about ways I'm with the northeast in differing from people in other parts of the country.

I should note that one question didn't have any right answer. It asked about the words 'Mary', 'merry', and 'marry'. You could choose (a) All three sound different, (b) 'Mary' and 'merry' sound the same but 'marry' is different from them, or (c) All three sound the same. The way I learned to talk, 'Mary' and 'marry' sound exactly the same, but 'merry' sounds extremely different. That wasn't an option. I chose (a), because that was better than (b) or (c), since 'Mary' and 'merry' really don't sound anything alike, so much that it struck me as much worse to indicate that. Other than that, this was probably the best accent test I've seen.

[Hat tip: Random Intolerance]

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That one was pivotal for me. If I said they all sounded the same I was from the Inland North (Wisconsin). But when I went with A it put me back in the NorthEast.

South with high Philadelphia. That's pretty durn precise, if I must say so.

Weird. It classified me as inland north. I was born in Louisiana, and I've lived in Kentucky for the last 15 years.

Rick, I've gotten some strange ones myself. I can't remember what they were, but I think one put me as a mix between upper midwest (e.g. Michigan) and mid-Atlantic. I can detect some severe differences between my accent and those. I'm pretty good at picking up on very slight accent differences, and most tests I've seen ignore some of those and thus deliver inaccuracies or focus on elements that mislead. This one happened to get the right things to identify where I'm from, and I guess it picked ones that are misleading for you.

It could be a typo, where someone typed e instead of a.

It would need to be a double typo, though, because they would have needed to reverse two words entirely.

To me, "Mary" (rhymes with "hairy", "weary", etc.) sounds like "merry" but with the first vowel sound drawn out a bit longer. If Santa were to slowly proclaim: "Meh-ry Christmas", it would sound okay to me to replace the "Christmas" with "had a little lamb"!

(The poll picks the Northeast as being closest to my New Zealand accent. But of course it's not tailored to distinguish non-Americans...)

So "hairy" and "weary" rhyme in New Zealand? Does that mean "weary" and "wary" sound alike? I don't think I've ever noticed that before.

I also had trouble with Mary/merry/marry. To me, "merry" sounds just slightly different from the other two.

"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.

Mine came out Northeast, which is correct (from CT, live in Boston). That "Mary", "Marry", "Merry" question really bothers me, though. I'm with Jeremy on this one.

"Does that mean "weary" and "wary" sound alike?"

Yeah, I think so. (But maybe it's just me.)

Mine came out Northeast too, which is at least the closest part of the USA to here in SE England. But we (in RP, more or less) really do distinguish "Mary", "merry" and "marry", and indeed every one of the other distinctions listed. But there are lots of other distinctions we don't make, mostly ones involving "r" which is usually silent.

The 'r' issue is actually the one where I differ most from New England, along with the 'au/aw' sound, which I do distinguish from the 'ah' sound as New Englanders do (and much of the U.S. and all of Canada doesn't) but nowhere near as strongly as most northeasterners. But there were absolutely no questions about the r-dropping and r-adding of the northeast and no distinction between my 'au/aw' and the standard northeast version.

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