Friday, November 10, 2006

What American Accent do you Have?

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: Philadelphia

Your accent is as Philadelphian as a cheesesteak! If you're not from Philadelphia, then you're from someplace near there like south Jersey, Baltimore, or Wilmington. if you've ever journeyed to some far off place where people don't know that Philly has an accent, someone may have thought you talked a little weird even though they didn't have a clue what accent it was they heard.

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It sort of stands to reason. The accent most attributed to me thus far is British. Which leads to all sorts of hillarious questions like "Do all Singaporeans speak with a British accent?" That got a loud bark of laugh out of me. Yeah, I've long given up pretending to be able to speak for the "Common Singaporean" although my parental background is pure blue-collar working up to white-collar.

I know quite a few Singaporeans that speak with the Singaporean accent or what I think is called an accentless accent. But unfortunately, it seems that this causes understanding problems as I was told with regards to a bilateral negotiations.

Hell, even my accent gives the Americans problems e.g. Scheduling (I repeated it thrice before I f-ing gave up and realised that I was using the British pronunciation and used the American one instead). And to be honest, I'm beginning to think there really are cognitive differences in the way "Asians" and "Westerners" think. I'm never sure if anyone understands my comments or questions. But that may just be me to be sure although I don't have this problem back home.

Anyway, I'm now claiming that my accent is Peranakan ala Lim Kay Tong. And it mostly stands to reason given that I grew up in such a household (complete with matriach and great food).

Peace.

1 Comments:

At 8:55 PM, Anonymous rrrrrrrm said...

Apparently I'm from the "Inland North" and speak with a Chicago accent... :)

 

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