Which British Accent Do You Have?

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By: Zoe Samuel

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Do you ever drop your H's?

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Which World War II figure do you admire?

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Where is "the city" to you?

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What job do people assume you have, based on how you talk?

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Do Americans just assume that you are smart?

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What alternative to "thank you" might you use?

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What would you call a woman you don't know, if you wanted to be friendly?

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What time of day do you have "tea"?

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Do you pronounce words like car and darling as if the R were an H?

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Glottal stop: yay or nay?

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How do you feel about Dick van Dyke's Cockney accent in "Mary Poppins"?

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How do you feel about America (as in, the people, not the government)?

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Would you ever go to the races?

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What sort of house did you grow up in?

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What sort of car do you drive?

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Do you ever shorten the word "the" to just a T sound?

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What do you call your father?

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How often do you travel overseas?

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Generally speaking, how much of the world can understand your accent?

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Have you ever traveled outside of Europe, and if so, how often?

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What do you call your grandmother?

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What celebrity do you sound like?

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If you were to march for a cause, what cause would it be?

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What would you do if someone trod on your toe on the train?

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How easily can you understand rural Scottish accents?

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Which movie villain are you?

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Did you just assume growing up that you would go to college?

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What would you wear to a "smart casual" event?

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How do you feel about Gwyneth Paltrow's posh accent in "Shakespeare in Love"?

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Is your accent associated with being emotionally closed off?

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About This Quiz

The United Kingdom and Ireland take up the British Isles - those landmasses just across the Channel from France where everyone speaks a very slightly different version of English to the person next to them. How you talk is an excellent way to figure out which part of those isles you come from, and even more things about you, such as what sort of school you went to and what job you're lucky to have. 

These traditional distinctions are happily growing weaker with time, but there are still some strong correlations that mean a person's accent does give you a certain amount of information about them that is probably correct.

Some British accents are universally known and understood, such as Received Pronunciation, AKA the Queen's English - which is the one that you've heard James Bond and the Lannisters use - and standard Scottish English - which you'll recognize from actors such as Ewan McGregor and David Tennant. 

Others are more obscure and harder for foreigners to grasp; for example when the movie "The Full Monty" originally came out, some American audiences needed captions to understand what the Sheffield-based characters were saying! That means, of course, that there are lots of ways we might figure out what accent you have. Answer a few questions and let's see how we do!

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