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2013-10-26 07:37:06 PM
I guess it's true, Canadians sound like Minnesotans.
 
2013-10-26 07:41:07 PM
OK. I'll play along.

According to the accent quiz, I have a Midland accent, which is to say "no accent at all" or "a good accent for TV and radio".

This makes sense since I have read that at one time 50% of the news readers on American TV were Canadians. Our accent doesn't grate on the majority of Americans the way some regional accents might, so it has become part of "Standard American" or "TV news American".

People say I have a slight accent but have a hard time placing it.  I sound American to the British, but British to New Englanders and my fellow Canadians think I have a slight trace of something they can't put their finger on. Even Australians have hazarded a guess I might be from the opposite coast of Australia.

Since I have lived in Ontario for a long time, I may have picked up enough of the local accent to sound Midland American. My ancestors come from the North East and Mid-Atlantic states such as New York, New Jersey, etc., just like the ancestors of many people in Ontario, Ohio, and so forth.

I could probably fade into the woodwork between Ontario and the Ohio River.

Most of the talking heads on TV don't have very pronounced accents to my ear, and I probably sound a lot like them, or rather, they have made a great effort to sound a lot like me.
 
2013-10-26 07:59:20 PM
Midland here too.

But I can slip into Texan (or Terrrrrxin) pretty easily if I'm not careful.
 
2013-10-26 08:01:31 PM
I was interested in the "does Don and Dawn sound the same" question because, not to get too personal, my name is dawn and I get tired of east coast people implying I don't know how how to pronounce my own name. Don is a man's name and I neither look, nor sound, like a man. Get a clue.
 
2013-10-26 08:20:43 PM
Midlands
 
2013-10-26 08:25:48 PM
Midlands.  Which is hilarious, since I'm originally from the American South and only moved here less than a year ago.
 
2013-10-26 08:30:14 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: Midlands.  Which is hilarious, since I'm originally from the American South and only moved here less than a year ago.


I don't think it's comprehensive. I am sure my mother's family would qualify as western and they pronounce wash "warsh" and Wednesday "wensdee". It also doesn't account for such regional goodies as "idear" instead of idea.
 
2013-10-26 08:48:31 PM
"The West"

AKA: the correct one
 
2013-10-26 09:28:57 PM
I'm from Alaska. I've never sounded a farking thing like what's-her-Fox, but I was still in Oregon for six months before people stopped asking me if I was Canadian.
 
2013-10-26 09:29:16 PM
It didn't work. I got "The West", which says "Your accent is the lowest common denominator of American speech. Unless you're a SoCal surfer, no one thinks you have an accent."

But people are always asking if I'm Canadian when they here me talk, usually because of "about". I honestly can't hear the difference. Maybe in my own head I have no accent but apparently I have a bit of one.
 
2013-10-26 09:30:00 PM
Your Result:  The Midland
 
2013-10-26 09:32:02 PM

Ambivalence: I was interested in the "does Don and Dawn sound the same" question because, not to get too personal, my name is dawn and I get tired of east coast people implying I don't know how how to pronounce my own name. Don is a man's name and I neither look, nor sound, like a man. Get a clue.


WTF? They are pronounced exactly the same.
 
2013-10-26 09:32:25 PM
The Inland North - 'when you step away from the Great Lakes you get asked annoying questions like "Are you from Wisconsin?" or "Are you from Chicago?"'

I'm from Chicago.

Gawd I hope I don't sound like a Wisconsinite (the Fargo accent).
 
2013-10-26 09:32:45 PM

Jument: It didn't work. I got "The West", which says "Your accent is the lowest common denominator of American speech. Unless you're a SoCal surfer, no one thinks you have an accent."

But people are always asking if I'm Canadian when they here me talk, usually because of "about". I honestly can't hear the difference. Maybe in my own head I have no accent but apparently I have a bit of one.


I didn't understand either. "About" sounds like "lout", not "loot".
 
2013-10-26 09:32:51 PM
It was right about me somehow. I even put effort into not sounding like I'm from Chi caaaaaaaaah go, but I guess I fail. :(
 
2013-10-26 09:33:16 PM
Midland.

Even though I was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and have never lived anywhere but on the West Coast.
 
2013-10-26 09:33:42 PM
Midlands. I guess I've lived in Ontario too long.
 
2013-10-26 09:34:19 PM

Jument: Ambivalence: I was interested in the "does Don and Dawn sound the same" question because, not to get too personal, my name is dawn and I get tired of east coast people implying I don't know how how to pronounce my own name. Don is a man's name and I neither look, nor sound, like a man. Get a clue.

WTF? They are pronounced exactly the same.


Not on the Jersey shore.  Or Baltimore.
 
2013-10-26 09:35:46 PM

jaytkay: The Inland North - 'when you step away from the Great Lakes you get asked annoying questions like "Are you from Wisconsin?" or "Are you from Chicago?"'

I'm from Chicago.

Gawd I hope I don't sound like a Wisconsinite (the Fargo accent).


Hey der.
 
2013-10-26 09:35:54 PM
North Central.
 
2013-10-26 09:37:18 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."

Result Breakdown:
93% The Inland North
80% The Midland
70% The Northeast
67% Philadelphia
62% The South
41% The West
25% Boston
22% North Central

Actually people don't tell me I sound like I'm from Wisconsin or Chicago, though I'm aware that I really do talk like a Milwaukeean.
 
2013-10-26 09:37:45 PM
100% inland north from Detroit. But article is right that I've been asked if I was from Wisconsin. Yet when I moved to San Francisco, the only speech change I had to make was to switch from pop to soda. Actually now it's not even soda, it's "ewwwww, you know that is 48 grams of carbohydrates do you know you would have to eat 8 eggs to balance those carbs with protein"
 
2013-10-26 09:38:09 PM
Boston? wtf, quiz?

/Canadian
//have been accused of having an accent before
///usually get midlands on this thing
 
2013-10-26 09:38:47 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: Jument: Ambivalence: I was interested in the "does Don and Dawn sound the same" question because, not to get too personal, my name is dawn and I get tired of east coast people implying I don't know how how to pronounce my own name. Don is a man's name and I neither look, nor sound, like a man. Get a clue.

WTF? They are pronounced exactly the same.

Not on the Jersey shore.  Or Baltimore.


Please explain . . .

/seriously
 
2013-10-26 09:39:12 PM
Your Result: The Inland North

85%

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."


The only part of the country that I not only have never lived in, but have never even visited, and have no close friends of family from there. My actual accent is a mix of Mid-Atlantic southern (DC/VA and the Carolinas), Rockies (Colorado), So Cal, and some minor influence from languages I've studied like Dutch/German/Spanish/Arabic/Indonesian.
 
2013-10-26 09:40:23 PM
Midlands. Makes sense. Grew up in Western New York and South Florida, so "nasal Long Islander" is about as accentual as I get.
 
2013-10-26 09:40:27 PM
I'm Southern California born & raised, but it said I have a Philly accent...wtf?
 
2013-10-26 09:40:39 PM
Midland accent. No one suspects I'm from the Gulf Coast by my accent (or lack thereof).
 
2013-10-26 09:43:20 PM
Inland North , 93%
 
2013-10-26 09:43:28 PM
North Central, where I grew up.

/About 30 miles west of Minnesota.
 
2013-10-26 09:44:42 PM

Anne.Uumellmahaye: It was right about me somehow. I even put effort into not sounding like I'm from Chi caaaaaaaaah go, but I guess I fail. :(


Newsflash: the locals call their city "Chi caw go".
 
2013-10-26 09:45:07 PM

Old Huntstein: Benevolent Misanthrope: Jument: Ambivalence: I was interested in the "does Don and Dawn sound the same" question because, not to get too personal, my name is dawn and I get tired of east coast people implying I don't know how how to pronounce my own name. Don is a man's name and I neither look, nor sound, like a man. Get a clue.

WTF? They are pronounced exactly the same.

Not on the Jersey shore.  Or Baltimore.

Please explain . . .

/seriously



Ahhhhh = the vowel in "Don"

Awwww = the slightly diphthongy vowel in "dawn"

Me = Great Lakesian without the "Great Lakes Vowel Shift"
 
2013-10-26 09:46:46 PM
You definitely have a Boston accent, even if you think you don't. Of course, that doesn't mean you are from the Boston area, you may also be from New Hampshire or Maine.

Yeah about that. I'm from NEPA. Not even close.
 
2013-10-26 09:47:42 PM
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Yep. As I've always said I don't have an accent, it's the damned Ontarians with their OOT AND ABOOT, bs.

/Alberta, born in Saskatchewan.
 
2013-10-26 09:48:31 PM
North Central. I'm Canadian.
 
2013-10-26 09:48:37 PM

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Inland North
 
85%
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."

 
80%The Midland
 
64%The Northeast
 
60%Philadelphia
 
54%The South
 
49%The West
 
31%Boston
 
29%North Central



I'm from Buffalo, so I figured I'd have the "Great Lakes accent," and it looks like I do. Still, I've been almost fifteen years in NYC, so I thought Northeast might have started rubbing off a little.

I think "pop" is a perfectly fine name for the drink, but I don't use it anymore for fear of not being understood. I'll use "soda" except when visiting family in Buffalo, and then I'll break "pop" out of linguistic storage.
 
2013-10-26 09:49:22 PM
100% midland. From Michigan so I guess that makes me pretty close to Canadian.
 
2013-10-26 09:53:09 PM

Lionel Mandrake: "The West"

AKA: the correct one


Yup.

"Unless you're a SoCal surfer, no one thinks you have an accent. "

/not a surfer
//no accent
 
2013-10-26 09:54:20 PM

Mr_Ectomy: [i41.tinypic.com image 404x351]

Yep. As I've always said I don't have an accent, it's the damned Ontarians with their OOT AND ABOOT, bs.

/Alberta, born in Saskatchewan.


Missouri...

That's with the exception of the St. Louis area, whose residents often point their browsers to this site in hopes of finding dinner utensils.

/Cardinals are winning? Better go celebrate by the Arrrrch... they're selling a soda and a sunduh far a quarrrrter. It's right down Rowt Farty Far.
//Better warsh up the Fard befar we go.
 
2013-10-26 09:54:53 PM
"Most Americans don't think they have an accent..."

I think that is the dumbest opening line that I have ever read.
 
2013-10-26 09:55:52 PM

Old Huntstein: Benevolent Misanthrope: Jument: Ambivalence: I was interested in the "does Don and Dawn sound the same" question because, not to get too personal, my name is dawn and I get tired of east coast people implying I don't know how how to pronounce my own name. Don is a man's name and I neither look, nor sound, like a man. Get a clue.

WTF? They are pronounced exactly the same.

Not on the Jersey shore.  Or Baltimore.

Please explain . . .

/seriously


Think Dwohn instead of Dawn.
 
2013-10-26 09:55:54 PM

Kevin72: Anne.Uumellmahaye: It was right about me somehow. I even put effort into not sounding like I'm from Chi caaaaaaaaah go, but I guess I fail. :(

Newsflash: the locals call their city "Chi caw go".


People who add Ws to the ends of syllables are generally from the south. But thanks for playing.
 
2013-10-26 09:56:22 PM
What American accent do you have?
Your Result: North Central
"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.
Result Breakdown:
93% North Central
63% Boston
61% The West
45% The Midland
22% The Inland North
13% Philadelphia
9% The Northeast
4% The South

Quiz Created on GoTo Quiz
 
2013-10-26 09:57:28 PM
Midland?  "But for all we know you're from FL."

Oh.  Right, then.
 
2013-10-26 09:57:28 PM
100% Boston, though I can argue myself into Midlands.
 
2013-10-26 09:58:59 PM

brantgoose: Since I have lived in Ontario for a long time, I may have picked up enough of the local accent to sound Midland American. My ancestors come from the North East and Mid-Atlantic states such as New York, New Jersey, etc., just like the ancestors of many people in Ontario, Ohio, and so forth.


Canada got a big boost in population during the Revolutionary war, not by people necessarily loyal to the king but by those who wanted to escape the fighting such as Quakers who were morally opposed.

The  Delaware Valley settlements (largely Quaker led) are the source of the Midlands accent so it is not surprising that that accent took over parts of Canada when the pacifists moved there.
 
2013-10-26 09:59:35 PM

jaytkay: Gawd I hope I don't sound like a Wisconsinite (the Fargo accent).


I just looked at my results again, and North Central (AKA Fargo) is furthest from my accent

WOO HOO!

100% The Inland North
80% The Midland
76% The Northeast
73% Philadelphia
65% The South
33% The West
19% Boston
15% North Central
 
2013-10-26 09:59:56 PM

Jument: Ambivalence: I was interested in the "does Don and Dawn sound the same" question because, not to get too personal, my name is dawn and I get tired of east coast people implying I don't know how how to pronounce my own name. Don is a man's name and I neither look, nor sound, like a man. Get a clue.

WTF? They are pronounced exactly the same.


Not at all.  Now marry, Mary and merry, they sound exactly the same.
 
2013-10-26 10:00:58 PM
82% Midland. Says I have a good voice for TV even though my husband told me it's kind of high pitched and irritating. It's going to be a long cold week for him, especially with the first frost coming our way. He has since tried to edit what he said but it's not working.
 
2013-10-26 10:01:03 PM
Well, damn it, carbonated soda  is pop!!!
 
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