Happy 4th of July! Before we popularized the “4th,” the holiday was always referred to as Independence Day. I wonder how many young people know this? Language changes, cultural references are born, change, die.
The United States is a melting pot and with different people comes different languages, meanings, and customs. But we need look no further than each other for regional differences in the way we speak the same language of English.
Do you say pronounce “aunt” like ant or awnt? Do you say route with a sound like out or a sound like boot?
Here are some short quizzes to determine your American accent. The first two links test your accent by sound alone. I put in two for comparison. The third is more what words you use. Example: Do you call the level in a house below ground a cellar or a basement?
When you create your characters, take into account everything about them, including their regional accent or dialect.
What accent from our great melting pot do you use?