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Which English?

Post by Swifto on Fri Aug 22, 2014 4:05 am

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



I'm curious as to the results that y'all get from this.

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

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

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Re: Which English?

Post by PIE! on Fri Aug 22, 2014 4:54 am

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

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

N...Norwegian? AAVE at least makes sense, but Norwegian?! I'm deeply curious how they got that.

EDIT:
"Canadians, Irish, and Scottish accept 'I'm finished my homework' instead of 'with my homework.' "
But that's fine either way! Add Americans to that list, guys!

Also, all the mention of "the algorithm" makes me think of xkcd.
We did not invent the algorithm. The algorithm consistently finds Jesus. The algorithm killed Jeeves.
The algorithm is banned in China. The algorithm is from Jersey. The algorithm constantly finds Jesus.
This is not the algorithm. This is close.

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Re: Which English?

Post by Ladybug on Fri Aug 22, 2014 8:24 am

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

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

...eh?

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Re: Which English?

Post by Oblivion on Fri Aug 22, 2014 9:26 am

PIE! wrote:"Canadians, Irish, and Scottish accept 'I'm finished my homework' instead of 'with my homework.' "
But that's fine either way! Add Americans to that list, guys!
Uuhhhhh nooooo? I've never met any Americans who accept that as good grammar... kids don't count, obviously.

Can't do the test from work so will have to get it when I get home.

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you have medieval knights wearing rennaiscane era armor, wielding roman era falcatas, worshipping greek gods, traveling with native american shamans wearing the hides of saharan beasts, who transform into prehistoric dinosaurs who are accompanied by modern japanese schoolgirls wielding Tokugawa Era Daisho and Wearing black pajamas, and old men wearing robes and pointed hats who chant mathematical equations to control reality, on a journey to kill brain eating space aliens, giant sentient firebreathing spellcasting reptiles and sentient jello.
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Re: Which English?

Post by Swifto on Fri Aug 22, 2014 9:36 am

I almost have to wonder if a bunch of Anonymous people have tampered with the results by fudging a lot of answers.




Seriously, why the hell was I spotted as South African?

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Re: Which English?

Post by Oblivion on Fri Aug 22, 2014 9:56 am

I wouldn't be surprised.

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Luminiere Solas wrote:i don't get why people see D&D or it's derivatives as medieval european.

you have medieval knights wearing rennaiscane era armor, wielding roman era falcatas, worshipping greek gods, traveling with native american shamans wearing the hides of saharan beasts, who transform into prehistoric dinosaurs who are accompanied by modern japanese schoolgirls wielding Tokugawa Era Daisho and Wearing black pajamas, and old men wearing robes and pointed hats who chant mathematical equations to control reality, on a journey to kill brain eating space aliens, giant sentient firebreathing spellcasting reptiles and sentient jello.
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Re: Which English?

Post by Face on Fri Aug 22, 2014 12:24 pm

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

Singaporean? Okay.

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

Swedish and Dutch actually make sense, given who I was raised by.
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Re: Which English?

Post by PIE! on Fri Aug 22, 2014 1:55 pm

Oblivion wrote:
PIE! wrote:"Canadians, Irish, and Scottish accept 'I'm finished my homework' instead of 'with my homework.' "
But that's fine either way! Add Americans to that list, guys!
Uuhhhhh nooooo? I've never met any Americans who accept that as good grammar... kids don't count, obviously.

Can't do the test from work so will have to get it when I get home.

I read that as "I've" every. single. time. I complained on the comments that my mind was auto-correcting things. No wonder the first response wasn't English.

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Re: Which English?

Post by Oblivion on Fri Aug 22, 2014 1:59 pm

Hahah yeah I figured that was what was happening =)

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Luminiere Solas wrote:i don't get why people see D&D or it's derivatives as medieval european.

you have medieval knights wearing rennaiscane era armor, wielding roman era falcatas, worshipping greek gods, traveling with native american shamans wearing the hides of saharan beasts, who transform into prehistoric dinosaurs who are accompanied by modern japanese schoolgirls wielding Tokugawa Era Daisho and Wearing black pajamas, and old men wearing robes and pointed hats who chant mathematical equations to control reality, on a journey to kill brain eating space aliens, giant sentient firebreathing spellcasting reptiles and sentient jello.
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Re: Which English?

Post by Journeyman on Fri Aug 22, 2014 11:51 pm

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

Eh? Haven't met enough Canadians to know how accurate that 2nd is, but Ebonics? Either the other options are really off from American Standard or I watch more movies with black leads than I realized.... huh, might be true at that. Even so, I only understand it. I'm too vanilla to jive with the hep cats.

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

Actually makes some sense. My Dad's folks were Norwegian/Swedish and they babysat me some times when I was really young. I suppose something may have took root in terms of sentence structure. Not that I know anything of either language.

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Re: Which English?

Post by belladonna on Sat Aug 23, 2014 3:43 am

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. Norwegian
3. Dutch
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Re: Which English?

Post by Oblivion on Sat Aug 23, 2014 10:02 am


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. Norwegian
3. Dutch

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Luminiere Solas wrote:i don't get why people see D&D or it's derivatives as medieval european.

you have medieval knights wearing rennaiscane era armor, wielding roman era falcatas, worshipping greek gods, traveling with native american shamans wearing the hides of saharan beasts, who transform into prehistoric dinosaurs who are accompanied by modern japanese schoolgirls wielding Tokugawa Era Daisho and Wearing black pajamas, and old men wearing robes and pointed hats who chant mathematical equations to control reality, on a journey to kill brain eating space aliens, giant sentient firebreathing spellcasting reptiles and sentient jello.
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Re: Which English?

Post by Swifto on Sat Aug 23, 2014 4:40 pm

So how did almost all of you get American (Standard) as the first guess, but Pie, Lady and I didn't?

What quantifies answers as Canadian, and how come I didn't get any marks to that?



And why the heck does it think I'm South African?

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Re: Which English?

Post by Oblivion on Sat Aug 23, 2014 6:33 pm

I'm guessing at least on Lady's part that she, being an English teacher, got some of the answers correct in a more formal sense, which bumped her up away from American English, which by and large is a somewhat lax dialect (especially in certain locations) compared to British English. I imagine Canadian might be somewhere between the two. So she's more strict with the language than most Americans, but lacks most of the stricter parlance of British English (as well as some of their wording/verbiage/idioms/etc.).

You and Pie, no friggin' clue.

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Luminiere Solas wrote:i don't get why people see D&D or it's derivatives as medieval european.

you have medieval knights wearing rennaiscane era armor, wielding roman era falcatas, worshipping greek gods, traveling with native american shamans wearing the hides of saharan beasts, who transform into prehistoric dinosaurs who are accompanied by modern japanese schoolgirls wielding Tokugawa Era Daisho and Wearing black pajamas, and old men wearing robes and pointed hats who chant mathematical equations to control reality, on a journey to kill brain eating space aliens, giant sentient firebreathing spellcasting reptiles and sentient jello.
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Re: Which English?

Post by PIE! on Sat Aug 23, 2014 7:47 pm

I read lots of non-US-english english books, so things like, "He's in hospital" sound fine to me now. Plus watching a handful of BBC stuff. I'm guessing AAVE came up from mental corrections like what was discussed earlier.
*linguistic shrug*

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Re: Which English?

Post by Journeyman on Sun Aug 24, 2014 4:21 pm

I've run into a few South Africans when traveling. The whole "British colony" vibe still came through pretty strong in the way they speak, so that actually might not be far off from "English" english.

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