pronunciation

is key

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The never ending conversation of accents and dialects has surface again. Back in January, I blogged about the New York Times’ quiz: How Y’all, Youse and You Guys Talk, take the quiz if you haven’t already. All in all, this quiz is going to give you a break down of where your accent comes from based on how you answer a series of 25 questions. My results were rather accurate.

Last year, I shared this video with all of my friends. Based off the parody of Shit Girls Say: the Wisconsin version is classic. If you live in Wisconsin or know anyone from there this video will have you in stitches.

Similar to Shit Wisconsin Says, is this true Wisconsin accented video. When it comes to being a Wisconsinite it’s all about pronunciation! Wisconsin cities and town names can be a challenge to pronounce even for those living in the state, but, for Texans? Forget it.

Enjoy these videos and you give it a shot, can you pronounce these city names?

 

accents v dialects

a strong “o” vowel

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Coming home is always a little of a culture shock especially when it comes to the warm-hearted and welcoming Wisconsin accent. While home, I embrace this dialect, as it is my mother tongue.

Being in DC has allowed me to create a totally new speech pattern. This new speech pattern ensures I will be made fun of when I make the journey back to Wisconsin.

Living beneath the Mason-Dixon Line, I’ve learned that “y’all” is a proper way to address a group more than three people, a craw daddy is a delicacy, and you always talk slow. Now being from the Midwest, I grew up addressing groups as “you guys”, drove on frontage roads and always asked for the direction of the bubbler when I needed to quench my thirst. Now maybe it’s where you grew up and definitely how you are taught, but I welcome these American-English dialects with open arms.

Hearing someone pronounce bagel, warms my heat. My soul smiles when I can ask someone for a soda and they know exactly what I am talking about. I love the common understanding of a lightening bug.

Dialects are important to our melting pot of American culture, and I for one love it. Take this quiz from the NYT. Based on how you pronounce a few words, and what you call things. This quiz will generate three places of where you got your dialect from and I bet that where you grew up will be in your top three. I can’t wait to hear about your results and if they are accurate or not.

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