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What American accent do I have?

What American accent do you have?

Your Result: North Central
 

“North Central” is what professional linguists call the Minnesota accent. If you saw “Fargo” you probably didn’t think the characters sounded very out of the ordinary. Outsiders probably mistake you for a Canadian a lot.

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What American accent do you have?
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It’s always a little jarring to even be reminded that I have an accent. Surely, it’s everybody else? No?

When I saw Fargo, I really did feel that the accents were only a slightly-exaggerated version of the accents I grew up with in Saskatchewan. That’s probably the first time I actually heard someone in a movie doing that accent.

When I moved to Toronto, I noticed immediately that everybody was taking like the actors on Degrassi High and The Kids in the Hall, even though until that moment, I had never even thought of them as having any accent at all. And now, living in Vancouver, I almost never notice the local accent, though I noticed it when I moved here (they say their short-as and long-os funny here). When I meet someone from the Prairies, though, I can usually pick up on it, especially if they’re from a small town. And then once they start talking about a whack of bunny hugs and gautch in the slough, the jig is up.

On my international adventures, I always get called out on my Canadian pronunciation of “aboot”, which I simply cannot hear. This annoys me to no end, since I was always convinced it was a myth, and I really can’t tell the difference between the way I say “about” and the way Americans say it.

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