I just took this really thorough Regional Dialect quiz that’s been going around, but I took the 140-question version and it took me about an hour to do because it’s been loading real slow (I don’t think the server hosting it can handle all the traffic). Apparently I’m a Jersey boy and wouldn’t fit in too well much else in the country except around Miami.
Most similar cities:
Elizabeth, NJ- 59.4
Newark, NJ- 59.3
Yonkers, NY- 58.9
New York, NY- 58.6
Toms River, NJ- 58.2
Least similar cities:
Des Moines, IA- 47.9
Sioux Falls, SD- 47.9
Minneapolis, MN- 48.3
Cedar Rapids, IA- 48.4
Green Bay, WI- 48.5
You can take the quiz yourself here, but it may take a lot of reloading to get in.
it better fuckin be. i took voice and articulation classes in college. midwest is best. i try not to have the super strong CHI CAHHHH GOOO thing going on…but its there. mostly bc i try to emulate the way my grandpa said certain words. but when i speak on the radio, i do more proper midwest.
Whenever I would get homesick for Hawaii in the past I would wonder if it would have been easier to have moved to the west coast instead since it seemed a lot more similar. But I guess 14 years later I’ve assimilated into the north east.
So I took the dialect quiz. The first round was the basic 25-question version… and it gave me North Carolina, which is odd because I’ve never lived there, and I’ve lived in at least 7 different states scattered around the country. I was expecting to show up as being from one of those nine areas. So I took the 140-question version, just to double check, and I think it gave me a slightly more accurate reading.
I tend to speak with a more “standard” educated accent - no multiple modal construction, no “I’m done my homework”, no “I done broke my arm” I know some people use those regularly, but I have a slight judgement on them myself. Cot and caught are pronounced differently; Mary and marry are the same, but merry is different. I do use y'all as a plural, but I say soda exclusively. There’s also no pen/pin merger for me, which is one of the biggest things that separates me from many English speakers in Seattle.
This seems like a good quiz, but I do have a slight beef with it, since my home state (Hawaii) isn’t even on the map. Neither is Alaska. I think that if this quiz were to be truly accurate, the other two states would be included.