What American Accent Best Fits Your Personality?

By: Allison Lips

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About This Quiz

While you may think you don't have an accent, ask someone from another part of the country, and you will be told that you have one. It gets even stranger when people unintentionally start mimicking someone they are having a conversation with but don't share an accent with.

In the United States, there are at least ten different American accents. Americans in the Chicago area typically have what is called an Inland Northern accent. If you live in New Jersey, you may share your Mid-Atlantic accent with Philadelphia or speak with a New York City accent. If you live in live Pennsylvania around Pittsburgh, you may have an accent called Western Pennsylvania. Those who live in Indianapolis and the surrounding area may have a Midland accent. The Minneapolis area is home to the North-Central or Upper Midwestern accent. You will find the Northern New England accent in Boston and the Southern accent all over the south. The last major accent is General American.

General American is unique because it serves as the de facto generic American English accent. However, it did not develop in a particular area, and linguists argue about its validity. Those who speak with a General American accent tend to be highly educated and have worked to lose their regional accent. 

Do dialects fascinate you? Have you ever wished you spoke with a different accent? Find out which accent best suits you! 

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