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    What's my accent?

    Hey guys, I've been having a quasi-identity crisis when it comes to my accent lately, and I thought it'd be a good idea to get an opinion from the experts as to just where exactly on the map my accent is.

    http://vocaroo.com/i/s18j9TiwMkGZ

    Yeah, yeah, I stumbled on my words a lot more than I should have, but I never said I was a smooth talker.

    Thanks for looking through this!

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    Re: What's my accent?

    Your accent, in my opinion, is far more on the AmE side than the BrE side, which is a little surprising given your history. It is not identifiable with any particular region. Very slight Asian notes, but beyond that, who knows?

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    Re: What's my accent?

    It sounds more AmE to me too.

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    Re: What's my accent?

    When I taught in Hong Kong, I noticed that nearly all students at international schools had a mostly AmE accent with a few oddities from BrE such as 'all' being pronounced the British way.

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    Re: What's my accent?

    Thanks for your responses!

    It's interesting that you say that konunursvia, because I did study at an international school before I went to the UK. That said, my school followed a more British curriculum and most of my teachers were British, so I guess that only makes it more unlikely that I did wind up with a more AmE accent.

    probus, I think it's those slight Asian notes that do throw most people off, although they're apparently more noticeable to me than to others. I will say that while many people I've talked to have assumed that I was American, I don't think any American has ever assumed that I was a native. Although that said, there were a few Americans who assumed I was British-born even without my mentioning that I studied in the UK, so that's something to consider.

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    Re: What's my accent?

    Yes, it sounds much more American or Canadian, though no place in particular other than northward. Your TH's sound like D's, which happens a lot in the urban Northeast U.S. or Ireland.

    I had a friend in Connecticut who had a neighbor named Larry de Pilla. She mentioned him to another friend who had never met Larry.

    A week later, she saw the friend, who said, "Hey, I met your neighbor Larry. I don't think he looks like no pillow!"
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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