Rate my GenAm accent and guess where I'm from! Would I fool you?

I’d like to think my accent game is pretty good… It’d be interesting to see what other language/accent nerds think. Bonus point to whoever can correctly guess where I was born and raised.

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West Texas would be my (wild) guess…

But I’m not too hot on US regional accents, so I’m most likely out by about 1000 miles! :stuck_out_tongue:

If you’re not an English native you have the most convincing accent i’ve ever heard on a non-native speaker. However, people with really good accents usually falter when having longer unscripted conversations and you hear a few things that mark them as non-native so it’s hard to judge on such a small snippet.

If you are a native English speaker then i don’t get what the point of the recording is.

Non-native. I have never been to the US. I agree that there’s a greater chance I’d slip up in a normal conversation, but I have decent conversation flow as I’ve developed the strange habit of thinking in English, and I often talk to/interview myself out loud haha.

And thanks, that’s very high praise!

It’s extremely impressive. I take it you’re from the middle east then given your location ?

Northern Africa. I’m guessing this because I’ve heard accents like this before, and the give away is the mis-pronounced “th”.

Very good, but a little bit uneven. I.e., a mix of accents it sounds like to me, occasionally dipping too far south but not staying there. Impressive, though, if you have me trying to guess which state you’re from rather than from which country.

One thing I hear occasionally is a bit too strongly pronounced “R”. Just occasionally, though. That seems to be the hardest American sound for non-natives to get right. All you wanna-be spies out there need to work on your “R” to pass as a native. :wink: Yours is pretty good.

Yeah, I’ve met a guy from Saudi Arabia who could also speak with a native level accent. Is it a very common thing over there?

Hi there! I’m from Texas, Dallas specifically, and I must say that your accent has a southern twang to it. However, it was relatively unnatural in that it sounded off, like someone was trying to force a southern accent. First off, you don’t use a lot of monophthongization that most southerners would use (except for I /aː/). Moreover, I noticed that you substitute /ð/ for /d/ in a few instances, as well faintly pronouncing the past tense ending, i.e., the -ed /t/ in watched. Additionally, there are times when you make awkward stops. But other that those little things, your accent is pretty good. It could use a little more work though.