Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Can people tell where you're from?

People often ask about my accent and wonder where I'm from. A few people have thought I had a British accent, but I don't. I'm from America. I've lived on the East and West Coasts, and in the Southwest and Midwest. Somehow, I've managed to learn to pronounce my words carefully (especially since teaching) so maybe that's why some people think it sounds British. Brits don't think I sound British at all!

According to a brief online test I took, my English is "65% General American English, 15% Upper Midwestern (whatever that is!), and 15% Yankee."

If you'd like to see how your English is rated, check here.


kayanon said...

I've studied English for a long time. I like to know the differences of American English and British one.
I tried the test, and I got 45% General American English, I couldn't understand some of questions though.
That was fun! thanks!

Absolutely Tokyo! said...

Hello Kayano825!
Thanks for your comment. The only way I can explain the differences between American English and British English is that they each pronounce words a different way. If you're Japanese, you know that people from Osaka sound different from people in Tokyo. It's the same with British and American English. We also use some different vocabularly words and idioms.

The questions on the test were about certain words and meanings that people learn from different regions of America. I think it would be very difficult for a non-native speaker to understand the questions.

Sounds like you had fun, so I'm glad you tried it! I hope you come back to read my blog again!

stu said...

when would one cover a house with toilet paper!? I had to stop the test at that point which probably proves I'm not american....

Absolutely Tokyo! said...

Hi Stu,
Well, as strange as it may sound, Americans (teenagers, usually, but sometimes grown men!) do actually toilet paper (called TPing) houses! It's meant either as a joke or to "get even" with someone you don't like. It looks pretty funny to drive through some neighborhoods early in the morning and see who got TP'd the night before. It used to happen much more frequently when I was a teenager. These days, I haven't seen it much.