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Old 05-09-2021, 05:03 PM
 
Location: Florida
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This test is asking if I call a road a freeway, expressway or highway. Another question was do I call a Traffic Circle a Round About or a Rotary. All the questions referred to regional names for whatever. So where is the basis for accent in this test?
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Old 05-09-2021, 05:21 PM
 
Location: Prescott Valley, AZ
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I don't believe it's all based on accent. Some of the questions asked are relative to regional areas. For instance, in AZ they call their state highways 'state routes' and interstates 'freeways'. Also I can easily pick out former Californians when they call I-17 or I-10 'the 17' or 'the 10'. When I lived in Colorado, nobody in their right mind would call I-25 'the 25'
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Old 05-09-2021, 05:30 PM
 
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It's a dry accent.
But it's also kinda hot.
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Old 05-09-2021, 09:59 PM
 
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...I can easily pick out former Californians when they call I-17 or I-10 'the 17' or 'the 10'...
I still say this after living in Arizona for 31 years.
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Old 05-12-2021, 01:48 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale
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I am targeting this post to other Arizona natives, who haven't lived outside of the state for an extended period of time.

I am an Arizona native, my family has been here since territory days and most came here before WWII. Though I have no ties to people, family-wise, outside of Arizona, I am aware that my family has mostly come from the mid-Atlantic region... Eastern Maryland and Central Pennsylvania (slightly closer to Pittsburgh) in particular, with a splash of New York (the City and Ithaca region). Growing up I had no transplant friends either to "modify" my speech.

Here in college I meet a lot of out-of-state students, from the Northeast and Midwest region in particular. I keep getting told that I have an accent... a Midwest accent in particular. Some have even gone as far to say I sound like I'm from Iowa. And a lot of times this comes from people who are actually from the Midwest. I find this peculiar since I have not even put one toe in the Midwest, along with the people who raised me. I always assumed I had a "standard American" accent, one you'd associate with Californians and most of the country, rather than a unique one like a New York or Southern accent. But getting told this repeatedly makes me question my own speech.

Does any other natives to the Grand Canyon State get told they have an "accent"? Maybe not a Midwestern one in particular but... just not a "standard American" accent? I thought this was the accent characteristic to this region. I don't want to use myself as a poster child, but Arizona is the youngest state on the mainland, the population overall is new to the area so maybe Arizona is starting to develop its own unique accent? Any thoughts on the matter, or do I just talk strange?
I am indigenous from AZ and learned English as a 2nd language in early childhood. But I know have multiple graduate degrees with many years of work experience off the reservation.

In late middle age, I have come to the conclusion that the best way to speak English is with an Al Pacino accent.
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Old 05-17-2021, 06:25 AM
 
Location: Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ
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But I know have multiple graduate degrees
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Old 05-17-2021, 09:35 AM
 
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I took the test : Chattanooga, Lexington, Louisville. I haven't ever been to any of those cities. Been close but passing through. LOL

I am 3rd gen West Texan , went to LA for undergrad and Dallas for grad., rest of time in WT.

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Old 05-17-2021, 11:54 AM
 
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Interesting based on my recent experience staying for a month in the Lake Havasu area and western Arizona and met people who were there from all over NA. At least based on the license plates. Some come as snowbirds others come for boating activities on the lake.



Less from Canada and from Mexico these days likely due to continued COVID border and quarantine restrictions.



Interestingly while I didn't see any Texas plates however yet I met quite a number of people and business owners talking with a "Texan" accent.

And many love pickup trucks. And BBQ. I do see license plates from many many other states including even Alaska. It almost appears as if there were more out of state plates than Arizona plates.



Though interestingly on the flip side I also met people talking with a "Surfer" accent and look and talk like a surfer in everyway as well as "valley Girls" yes they do have Wakesurfing on the lake and the Colorado River and many of these same people also done ocean surfing in the past.
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Old 05-17-2021, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Uptown Phoenix, AZ
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I feel like this quiz will vary because everytime you take the test you will not get the same questions. But I generally always get Arizona as the main one, so it's pretty reliable as a whole.

Also wow, ancient thread.
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Old 05-17-2021, 08:23 PM
 
Location: Uptown Phoenix, AZ
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I still say this after living in Arizona for 31 years.
I always say it that way too? Not sure what they're on about.
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