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What accent do you have?

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  • Magster
    Magster
    Keymaster

    I got the Midland, which is spot-on. Though I’m from Central Indiana, not Southern.

    “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.

    Inga
    Inga
    Participant

    I also got the Midland which is no surprise. I spent the first half of my childhood in Pennsylvania and the second half in Missouri. When I lived in Arkansas people referred to my “northern accent” and one even guessed I’d lived in Pennsylvania/Ohio Valley based on my accent. I’ve also had someone from New York consider me to have a southern accent, which is very inaccurate, but obviously I don’t have a NY accent. I wouldn’t say my voice is good for TV and radio, but I do believe I don’t have an accent.

    TwoSapphires
    TwoSapphires
    Participant

    Magster, ditto your answer exactly. :) I’m from Indianapolis. And I actually think people from Southern Indiana (and sometimes even the south side of Indy ;)) tend to have a tad more of a Southern accent. I actually was on the TV/radio a little when I lived in Asia, on English teaching programs, and my “standard American” accent was considered a plus.

    Magster
    Magster
    Keymaster

    Inga, I don’t think my voice is made for radio either! Pretty cool that TwoSapphires’ is though!

    And I agree. People in much of southern IN sound the same as people in Kentucky. There are people around here (Muncie area) who have a bit of a twang, but it seems to be mostly older generations.

    My husband and I both grew up here and we speak differently. For instance, I do not pronounce words like “pin” and “pen” the same but he does. The only one I’m guilty of is “merry, Mary, marry.” I can’t differentiate them in my speech.

    TwoSapphires
    TwoSapphires
    Participant

    LOL, I say merry, Mary and marry the same, too. I think that’s actually standard though; isn’t it?

    It was funny; when I had that job working in English teaching media, we used the American Heritage Dictionary as our standard and when there were alternate pronunciations for a word, we would use whichever was listed first (because that meant it was the most common). Often when we (native English speakers from around the US) disagreed on how to pronounce something in recording, when we looked it up my pronunciation was almost always the one listed first. Indiana FTW! ;)

    Magster
    Magster
    Keymaster

    Haha, that’s awesome!

    How do you say route? I pronounce it like root and I feel so alone most of the time.

    Inga
    Inga
    Participant

    I say route like root the majority of the time, but for some reason reading the word makes me more likely to say it like “rout” instead. I guess I should also clarify that I’m assuming we’re pronouncing root as it rhymes with boot. In Missouri there seems to be two types of accents. The other accent pronounces things like root rhyming with foot or put. Roof would be similar to “ruff”, Missouri would be “Missour-ah”, horse is “harse”, wash as “warsh” rhymes with marsh, fourty would be “farty”. Just imagine “farty-far harses”. I think a lot of small towns can have their own distinct accents based on the origin of their population.

    gaamy
    gaamy
    Participant

    it says “the west” but i’ve never even been to the west. my accent is a very odd thing. i grew up in the south but when i was 12 i moved to a navy town where i lived for 13 years. people in the south say i have no drawl at all and people in the north say i have a very pronounced drawl.

    of course when i get angry or i get around my family in the south the drawl is undeniable.

    lilybell
    lilybell
    Participant

    I have an Inland North Accent. Which is where I live lol so I guess its true.

    Phlutegirl
    Phlutegirl
    Participant

    Midland accent here!

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