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    American dialects are really interesting. I'm from New Zealand but took it to see what I came out as.

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    I was surprised to see NY at the top. Most Americans say I sound like I'm from New England. This is mostly because we don't pronounce the letter 'r' if we can avoid it - like "cah" and "bah" instead of car and bar. I suppose the words we use for things might throw it off.

    And apparently Michigan is clearly the antithesis of NZ. Who knew?

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    The better question is what the hell is "the little gray creature (that looks like an insect but is actually a crustacean) that rolls up into a ball when you touch it?"
    We call that a "slater" here. This wasn't even an option on the list, though. It's weird to find out which words are dialect/regionally specific only when you say a word and people have no idea what you're talking about. I never would have know it was different otherwise.

    And what the hell is an "easy course" meant to be? I've never even heard of the options they used, either.
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    Apparently, Utah is the cloest to my accent. I come the westmidlands, England, if you're interest. To be homest, I answered half the questions with " I have no word or term for this".

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    My parents are from Long Island, NY, so that explains that. The area of the South I'm from was yellowy-orange, so I've obviously picked up some from here, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Kross View Post
    American dialects are really interesting. I'm from New Zealand but took it to see what I came out as.

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    I was surprised to see NY at the top. Most Americans say I sound like I'm from New England. This is mostly because we don't pronounce the letter 'r' if we can avoid it - like "cah" and "bah" instead of car and bar. I suppose the words we use for things might throw it off.

    And apparently Michigan is clearly the antithesis of NZ. Who knew?


    We call that a "slater" here. This wasn't even an option on the list, though. It's weird to find out which words are dialect/regionally specific only when you say a word and people have no idea what you're talking about. I never would have know it was different otherwise.

    And what the hell is an "easy course" meant to be? I've never even heard of the options they used, either.
    Super interesting! I bet they chose it based on your pronunciations of words more than specific vocabulary. New England accents are the closest American accents to British English since that area was pretty much exclusively British colonists for a long time. That's why they drop their /r/ sound a lot (pahk the cah is the American descendent of the British "pawk the caw"). NZ's accent is obviously heavily influenced by the British too. I wouldn't be surprised if the more nuanced pronunciation differences (like vowel sound differences and emphasized syllables) followed the same patterns to some extent.

    Who knew we had such a distinct accent in Michigan!? I knew we spoke Midwest-y, but how specifically they're callin out southeast Michigan is pretty funny to me. Are we really that distinct?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Kross View Post
    We call that a "slater" here. This wasn't even an option on the list, though.
    They don't even exist here, so feel free to call 'em whatever you want.

    It's weird to find out which words are dialect/regionally specific only when you say a word and people have no idea what you're talking about. I never would have know it was different otherwise.
    What's weirder for me is the gamut of terms for things that we don't have at all, like the 'slater' or 'rolly poley'. We don't have little grey crustaceans skittering around. The only crustaceans here are cooked and served for dinner!

    I know there are a handful of words that could quite easily narrow my accent/dialect down to western Canadian. For example, 'parkade'. Out east it's "parking garage". In the UK it's "multi-storey carpark". Here it's parkade; anything else sounds weird.

    And what the hell is an "easy course" meant to be? I've never even heard of the options they used, either.
    I think it means a school course, as in a particular subject not the entire program in itself (both of which I might use the word 'course' to describe depending on the context). An 'easy' one would be... easy? I certainly wouldn't use any of the terms in the survey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicolita View Post
    Grey crustacean is a rolly poley
    Road parallel to the freeway is a service drive

    Haha I didn't get the rolly poley question though! Did you take the long form?
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    No, it just happened to be in the 25 that I got.

    You can see the full list of questions here: http://dialect.redlog.net/
    My favorite question was 'What do you say when someone sneezes?' Amongst an array of options like, "Bless you" and "Gesundheit" was "I don't say anything." lmao
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    Lol @Honor! That makes me imagine a small mountain region where they completely ignore sneezes. "Oh no, we don't say anything."
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    Quote Originally Posted by cafe View Post
    It thinks I'm a Texan, but I'm a Hoosier. Guess it's not that different?

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    Interesting! I would've thought that Texas and the Midwest would have been quite distinct.

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    Makes sense - I grew up in Groton, CT and Leominster, MA before moving to West Warwick, RI and then Germany.
    Glad you liked the test! There seem to be lots of people interested in language on this forum. It's awesome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nicolita View Post
    Lol @Honor! That makes me imagine a small mountain region where they completely ignore sneezes. "Oh no, we don't say anything."
    haha exactly!
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