In your language how easy is it to know where a person is from based on how they speak?

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Re: In your language how easy is it to know where a person is from based on how they speak?

Postby golyplot » Sat Oct 17, 2020 3:38 am

eido wrote:
Kraut wrote:Another one of these tests, from the US: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/201 ... .html?_r=0

I was born and raised in the West of the US, but this test placed me in Minnesota, Michigan, and Illinois, probably because my mom is from around there.

I have an ear for hearing other languages being spoken around me, like radar, but I can't recognize the specific dialects people are using.


I just took the test again. It did better than I recall it doing before, but still not all that accurate in my case.

My parents are from Michigan and I grew up in Atlanta, but the test placed me in Kansas or Nebraska or maybe Texas or North Dakota. It did have a little red dot in the Atlanta area so it wasn't completely off, but it didn't exactly localize me either, with half the country painted equally red. Perhaps my family moving at a young age left it confused, but it's not like moving is exactly uncommon nowadays.
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Re: In your language how easy is it to know where a person is from based on how they speak?

Postby DaveAgain » Sat Oct 17, 2020 8:53 am

The three most similar cities for me were Jersey City, Newark and New York. There was also a broad red patch covering Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia, and another hot spot in N.Carolina.

I'm from SE England.
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Re: In your language how easy is it to know where a person is from based on how they speak?

Postby jimmy » Sat Oct 17, 2020 2:32 pm

well,

although I am kurdish I can way easily understand whether anyone is originally from turkey. Because I am highly professional in turkish language.

in fact the tone of usage allows me to realise it even if that one has lived in turkey for more than 5-10 years. (This amount of time may change/vary)

Turkish language has very aesthetical property on this issue.
foreign people generally tend to use the letters not sufficiently correct ,commonly oblique or wrong.
as I am using istanbul accent of turkish, I can easily understand sometimes some people where they are not from (Ankara and istanbul and also izmir and the center of antalya and somewhere like these cities generally use very aesthetical turkish.)

but somewhere for instance rize, diyarbakır , bartın or somewhere like these generally tend to use non aesthetical turkish , this is being said or defined with the use of accent.

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Kurdish is a bit different but surely ,there are more accents or more correctly "dialects" of kurdish than turkish if we limit the region to turkey and around of it
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Re: In your language how easy is it to know where a person is from based on how they speak?

Postby sillygoose1 » Tue Oct 20, 2020 11:18 pm

Rather easy, I'd say. I have pretty much all of the anglophone countries pinpointed simply from watching so many movies and TV series from England, Ireland, Scotland, Australia, and so forth. The upper Midwest is interesting because sometimes they sound Canadian depending on where they're from exactly. I can also tell French, Quebecois, and Italians with ease but sometimes I have trouble differentiating between Dutch/German natives as well as Polish/Russian natives.
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Re: In your language how easy is it to know where a person is from based on how they speak?

Postby Uruguayan » Mon Oct 26, 2020 12:36 am

I am from Uruguay, it is very easy except languages from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland.
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