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    language quiz

    http://www.gameswithwords.org/WhichEnglish/

    Some of you might find this interesting. In any case, taking the quiz will help the researchers collect data.

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    Very interesting. They guessed Norwegian as my native language, and English (England) or Welsh (UK) as my English dialect. I live in Kentucky.

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    Interesting. My results were:
    1. Welsh
    2. Australian
    3. English / England

    I do have a Welsh background but it's a couple of generations back, and I haven't spent enough time there to have an impact on my language. I did however spend some of my childhood in Scotland -- but I guess that didn't have enough of an influence on my speech.

    I'd be interested to know if "Canadian" ever comes up in that list!

    It did think I was a native English speaker, though (followed by Norwegian and Hungarian -- huh?).

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    My results:

    Our top three guesses for your English dialect:
    1. American (Standard)
    2. South African
    3. Singaporean

    Our top three guesses for your native (first) language:
    1. English
    2. Norwegian
    3. Dutch
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    Canadian came up on my list - my dialect results were:
    1. American English
    2. Canadian English
    3. Ebonics

    And my native results were:
    1. English
    2. Norwegian
    3. Dutch

    FWIW, I live in Minnesota, which probably explains the Norwegian influence (although I did spend the first half of my life in West Virginia).

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    Dialect:
    1. English (standard)
    2. Canadian English
    3. Singaporean

    Native results:
    1. English
    2. Norweigian
    3. Vietnamese
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    So anyone know what the difference is between American (Standard) and American English?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Impromptu View Post
    FWIW, I live in Minnesota, which probably explains the Norwegian influence.
    But I have zero Norwegian influence and it came 2nd in my native language results too. I'm guessing it has more to do with how well Norwegians speak English -- so if English is the 1st guess, the 2nd guess would be a country known for their fluency in English as a second language.

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    It certainly is interesting. They guessed American, Singaporean or Canadian as my dialect and their first choice of my native language was English. Then German (which would be correct) then Norwegian. I'm guessing those are the countries they think speak the best English outside the English speaking countries?
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    Or have the most similar grammar?

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    Our top three guesses for your English dialect:
    1. US Black Vernacular / Ebonics
    2. American (Standard)
    3. South African

    Our top three guesses for your native (first) language:
    1. Norwegian
    2. English
    3. Dutch
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    Quote Originally Posted by Impromptu View Post
    Canadian came up on my list - my dialect results were:
    1. American English
    2. Canadian English
    3. Ebonics

    And my native results were:
    1. English
    2. Norwegian
    3. Dutch

    FWIW, I live in Minnesota, which probably explains the Norwegian influence (although I did spend the first half of my life in West Virginia).
    Wow...interesting. My results were the same and I live in Minnesota too!!
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    For dialect, I got

    1. Canadian
    2. Scottish (UK)
    3. South African

    For native language, I got
    1. English
    2. Norwegian
    3. Swedish

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffisjeff View Post
    So anyone know what the difference is between American (Standard) and American English?
    American Standard is more prescriptive than colloquial, which I guess is what they mean by American English. For example, you are more likely to say something like "He is the man who" instead of "He is the man that."

    Our top three guesses for your English dialect:

    1. American (Standard)
    2. Singaporean
    3. Canadian

    Our top three guesses for your native (first) language:

    1. English
    2. Dutch
    3. Chinese

    I wonder what I marked that made them think I might be Chinese or Singaporean .
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    Our top three guesses for your English dialect:
    1. American (Standard)
    2. Canadian
    3. Singaporean

    Our top three guesses for your native (first) language:
    1. English
    2. Norwegian
    3. Swedish

    Well, it was pretty interesting. I'm afraid I don't know what the difference is between American (Standard) and American English.
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    Our top three guesses for your English dialect:
    1. US Black Vernacular / Ebonics
    2. Singaporean
    3. English (England)

    Our top three guesses for your native (first) language:
    1. Polish
    2. Greek
    3. English

    US Black Vernacular / Ebonics? I dont even listen to hip hop, rnb or rap!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kosjenka View Post
    Our top three guesses for your English dialect:
    1. US Black Vernacular / Ebonics
    2. Singaporean
    3. English (England)

    Our top three guesses for your native (first) language:
    1. Polish
    2. Greek
    3. English

    US Black Vernacular / Ebonics? I dont even listen to hip hop, rnb or rap!
    LOL it wouldn't have anything to do with music, but with grammar and sentence construction, especially pronouns. Those are the biggest differences between English and many of the Romance languages and are the most difficult for non-native speakers to learn--going both ways.
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    Oh this is interesting.

    Our top three guesses for your English dialect:
    1. American (Standard)
    2. US Black Vernacular / Ebonics
    3. Canadian

    Our top three guesses for your native (first) language:
    1. Norwegian
    2. English
    3. Dutch

    I live in NY and my native is Chinese lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Impromptu View Post
    Canadian came up on my list - my dialect results were:
    1. American English
    2. Canadian English
    3. Ebonics

    And my native results were:
    1. English
    2. Norwegian
    3. Dutch

    FWIW, I live in Minnesota, which probably explains the Norwegian influence (although I did spend the first half of my life in West Virginia).
    These were my exact results as well (I'm in northern Ohio). Since ebonics seems to be overlapping with Norwegian/Dutch, I wonder if there is a relationship there.
    What would Jenny do?

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    I got this

    Our top three guesses for your English dialect:
    1. American (Standard)
    2. Canadian
    3. US Black Vernacular / Ebonics

    Our top three guesses for your native (first) language:
    1. English
    2. Dutch
    3. Norwegian

    English is my first language. I don't know the difference between American (Standard) and American English, so sure, why not.

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