Wednesday, June 29, 2005

English or American English ?

Found this cute quiz at red-enclave , thought I'do it for fun. Here are my results.

Hmmm no wonder the sales rep in the shops in Europe keep thinking I'm American and I have to insist that 'no sorry I'm Libyan' ( could never understand why they asked in the first place, petty conversation?) ....and here I was all this time thinking I had a British accent :) and now I learn it's yankee *sigh* where on earth did I pick that up !

Your Linguistic Profile:

60% General American English
30% Yankee
10% Dixie
0% Midwestern
0% Upper Midwestern

Try it ! What kind of American Engish do you speak?

PS Khadija I'm working on that pet -tag thanks :)


Twosret said...

Here is mine

Your Linguistic Profile:
50% General American English
40% Yankee
5% Dixie
5% Midwestern
0% Upper Midwestern

removedalready said...

must be from the tv programs @ shows hehehe...
I remember when i had to tape my voice for one of my teachers, she said that I'm too American, it's not the accent but the style or the way I speak @ write!

AlanK said...

well highlander, when I was in Austrailia, i was mistaken for an Irishman and Welshman while in Dubai was thought to be American

just shows people are almost always rubbish with accents

also are there dialects in libya or does everyone sound similar

Here in UK there are lots of variations

tarhooni said...

I got 65, 10, 10, 10, 5. I can't believe I even had a little bit of dixie! arghhhh...

highlander said...

weird how we all seem to have a little bit of dixie (?) I understand for those who actually live in the US like you Twosret and Tarhooni ...but I never set foot there.. methinks red_enclave is right must be TV ( thanks to all the digital stuff we get nowadays).

Alan yes in Libya we do have variable accents. The most obvious ones are in the East and the WEst of Libya i.e. if you were from the Tripolitanian or the Benghazi area.Then there are tiny variations in intonation, for example in Zawia about 50 km outside Tripoli or in the south. But we all understand each other very well.

In the UK I can't understand when the Scots people start talking to fast or some of the accents the Asian cab drivers use either.

removedalready said...

There are variations of Arabic as well, I found out that in Libya, Libyan would say 'bahi" which means 'good' but other arabs for instance Saudis would use a different word. Do correct me if I'm wrong, It was so long ago.

highlander said...

Yes red_enclave Libyans say bahi to mean good or ok . However linguistically the word bahi is very much classical Arabic, which other Arab countries have dropped from their spoken linguo and only use is the printed matter.

removedalready said...

Thanks, can't believe I remember that. Our Libyan Landlord, who was a former diplomat introduced the word to us. FYI the word baik means good in Malay.

AlanK said...

Well Highlander you might struggle to understand mine, but I know people that talk faster than myself lol

highlander said...

linguistics is so fascinating red_enclave, as for you Alan, well if we meet please remember to speak slower to allow me to catch up ;)