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What American accent do you have?

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What American accent do you have? (Best version so far)


("Midland" is not necessarily the same thing as "Midwest") The default, lowest-common-denominator American accent that newscasters try to imitate. Since it's a neutral accent, just because you have a Midland accent doesn't mean you're from the Midland.

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Hmm, I guess that I think in a "Midland" accent? Because I think I just sound like everyone else around here and most people think I'm a Bay Area native.

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Same. Although I'm annoyed that it's called Midland, because everyone know the west coast is the accent-neutral part of the country! (don't bring up the valley. or oakland.)

You do sound like a Bay Area native. You have a very very slight... not accent, but a way of speaking that people who's first language isn't American English have, but I think I'm also sensitive to accents and stuff like that. Whenever we watched Dr. 90210 I insisted to my mom that the main doctor had an accent, and she didn't believe me until we looked him up and found out he's from Brazil! Now she can kind of hear it a little, but it's pretty thick to me.

That's my general understanding too, although people in the Midwest think that people in movies and on TV talk like them and all telemarketers are from Nebraska for their "flat accent".

I can claim neutrality, though, and I declare the movie/TV accent to be Californian!

You know, it really depends on the company I'm with. If I'm with strangers then the California accent is stronger, but with friends I will tend to go back to "fahst" vs "fast", etc.

I notice accents a lot too. It always really really really bugged me that my ex-roommate had a strong Asian accent. I mean, WTF, she came to the US when she was a baby and grew up in a lily white community in Albany!

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