I’m not really the type to take online quizzes. In fact, I pretty much only take them if a friend suggests a particular one to me. When I came across this post on Dana Mentink’s blog, Fiction 4 Writers and Readers, I took the quiz and was quite surprised by the results that I got (see result #1 below).
If you know much at all about me, you know that I live in the southern United States of America. If you know a little more about me, you know that I’m an Oklahoma girl, born & raised. That being the case, I don’t think it would take much to figure out what type of accent I have. However, being as surprised as I was by the results of that first quiz, I decided there had to be a better, more accurate quiz out there. So I did a Google searched “American accent quiz” and took several of the quizzes that came up in the search results.
Below is a list of quizzes and the results that I got from each one. I included a link to each quiz so that you can take a quiz or two (or more) if you’d like. If you do, please share in a comment below which quiz you took and whether it was accurate or not.
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1) UPopin Results: Inland North — The Inland North dialect region was once considered the “standard Midwestern” speech that was the basis for General American in the mid-20th century. However, it has been recently modified by the Northern Cities Vowel Shift, which is the main feature of this dialect region.
2) PlayBuzz Results: Southern — You have a southern accent! You’re shocked that people think “pin” and “pen” are pronounced differently, and you find it bizarre that people actually call coke “pop”! And of course, your day isn’t complete without saying “y’all”! The Southern dialects make up the largest accent group in the United States! You might be made fun of if you ever head up north, but pay no attention and take pride in your warm, charming accent!
3) GoToQuiz Results: 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.
4) YouThink Results: 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.
5) Lifescript Results: Northeastern — Are you from New York, New Jersey, or Massachusetts? It sounds like you might be.
6) alphaDictionary Results: 73% Dixie — Your neck must be a just little rosy!
7) If y’all know of another quiz I should take, let me know! 🙂
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Obviously, my results varied.
— #1 and #5 are the farthest from the truth — Northern?! Really?! You have got to be kidding me. No way do I sound like a Northerner.
— #2 and #6 are pretty dead on — Southern… maybe a bit of a Redneck..? Yep, that’s me. 😉
— #3 and #4 are pretty neutral — No accent or neutral accent… could be true. I mean, I’ve been told that my accent isn’t very strong. And I don’t have any trouble changing my accent and mimicking others.
As you may have noticed, I didn’t find a 7th quiz to take, so if you know of another one please let me know in a comment. 🙂