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    Default TO ALL AMERICANS: Which accent do I have?

    Hi guys!

    Unfortunately I'm not a native speaker but I want to ask you if I have an accent, If yes, can you hear that I'm from somewhere else? If not, which American accent do I have?

    Here's the link: https://soundcloud.com/user59896682/accent-tag

    Here are the words (I know, I know... the "famous" accent tag ;)):

    Aunt
    Roof,
    Route,
    Wash,
    Oil,
    Theater,
    Iron,
    Salmon,
    Caramel,
    Fire,
    Water,
    Sure,
    Data,
    Ruin,
    Crayon,
    New Orleans,
    Pecan,
    Both,
    Again,
    Probably,
    Spitting image,
    Avenue,
    Alabama,
    Lawyer,
    Coupon,
    Mayonnaise,
    Syrup,
    Pajamas,
    Caught,
    Naturally,
    Aluminium,
    Envelope

    Thanks a lot!

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    Default Re: TO ALL AMERICANS: Which accent do I have?

    Well, your accent sounds...normal, I guess. I don't detect much of an accent, aside from a few peculiar pronunciations. In particular: Mayonnaise, Crayon, New Orleans, and Envelope (you used the pronunciation for the verb instead of the noun).

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    Default Re: TO ALL AMERICANS: Which accent do I have?

    It is VERY hard to tell where someone is from if all you hear is a list of words. Try reading a passage
    You'll hear "cray-yawn" versus "cran" for crayon in different places. N'walins or New or-LEANS or New Or-lee-anz or New Orlins - that doesn't tell you much either.
    For now, I'd say upper midwest, but again, try a full passage.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: TO ALL AMERICANS: Which accent do I have?

    Holy... I think your accent is is extremely well spoken and neutral! albeit a bit monotone. But overall you sound very Midwestern. I would never guess you were not a native speaker of English.

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    Default Re: TO ALL AMERICANS: Which accent do I have?

    Last edited by internetuser; 26-Feb-2014 at 10:32.

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    Default Re: TO ALL AMERICANS: Which accent do I have?

    Thank you :) I'm a German native speaker... I think that's the reason why I speak a bit monotone, haha

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    Default Re: TO ALL AMERICANS: Which accent do I have?

    How impressive!
    I'm not sure which, but you definitely speak with an American accent.
    I had thought you were a native speaker of English before I checked your Member Info.

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    Default Re: TO ALL AMERICANS: Which accent do I have?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    It is VERY hard to tell where someone is from if all you hear is a list of words. Try reading a passage
    You'll hear "cray-yawn" versus "cran" for crayon in different places. N'walins or New or-LEANS or New Or-lee-anz or New Orlins - that doesn't tell you much either.
    For now, I'd say upper midwest, but again, try a full passage.
    Would you please be so kind and click on the link I posted :) I read a passage so yeah... I'd like to know what you think :)

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    Default Re: TO ALL AMERICANS: Which accent do I have?

    It's VERY neutral and you have obviously worked hard. Only as an American can I hear that there is something that is just a little bit off. However, it sounds like you grew up in the USA but in a house where English wasn't the first language, rather than someone who learned it later.

    The only two things I heard:
    - Some of your soft i sounds (it, hit, miss) may be a bit more like "ee"
    - Some of your Ds were a bit T-like. I think Americans tend to make their Ts into Ds when they have vowels on each side (In Philadelphia, they don't drink "water" they drink "wudder," for example) but you seem to have gone in the other direction.

    I can't say which American accent you have - as I said, it's very neutral.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: TO ALL AMERICANS: Which accent do I have?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    It's VERY neutral and you have obviously worked hard. Only as an American can I hear that there is something that is just a little bit off. However, it sounds like you grew up in the USA but in a house where English wasn't the first language, rather than someone who learned it later.

    The only two things I heard:
    - Some of your soft i sounds (it, hit, miss) may be a bit more like "ee"
    - Some of your Ds were a bit T-like. I think Americans tend to make their Ts into Ds when they have vowels on each side (In Philadelphia, they don't drink "water" they drink "wudder," for example) but you seem to have gone in the other direction.

    I can't say which American accent you have - as I said, it's very neutral.
    Thanks for your answer :) I grew up watching cartoons, movies, etc in English but I've never lived in an English speaking country. I think that's the reason why I'm able to pronounce things like British people or Americans... Or let's say: almost like an American :) The funny thing is that I've never worked hard on my accent, it comes naturally - wether it's French or English or Italian! It's pretty cool to know what kind of mistakes I make! Thank you very much!

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