Saturday, January 06, 2007

Accentuate the Positive (do do do do, la la la la)

Accents fascinate me. After spending enough time in Japan and understanding Japanese (well, back when I still remembered it), I think I'm very good at faking a Japanese accent. I don't do it much, really just a phrase here or there when I'm talking to one of my dearest friends that was over there at the same time, but I do get a kick out of it because language is just interesting to me. I'm sure that there are plenty of folks back there still laughing their asses off at how badly I butchered their language or accidentally forgot to exchange the toilet slippers for my house slippers when done squatting over the toilet, so I guess it's fair. Anyway, this link is cool. You get to hear how people from all kinds place with all kinds of native languages sound when they take a stab at the same English sentences. What's really interesting is how differently we sound from different regions right here in America. I guess we all know that, but hearing this really brought it home in an interesting way (well, interesting to me, anyway).

Speech Accent Archive

And if the above is cool, then this is simply amazing. This thing nailed my butt right to the wall on my accent when I was pretty sure it wouldn't (and then I think it even insulted me without it meaning to do so??)

What American Accent Do You Have?

Have fun! I would love to hear what accent someone finds out they have and whether it was accurate or not.


  1. Hi maggie! I feel I must start a blog now too! anyway....this thing surprised me too! Inland North all the way! How did it do that!?

  2. Isn't that just utterly amazing?? I'm not surprised that we have the same accent. Were you a little offended like I was that it sounds like maybe the quiz folks were picking on us a bit about our wonderfully "standard" English? To this day, I swear that I don't have an accent, but somehow people once in awhile peg me as being from there :)


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