Do You Speak American?
Web site offers special features and
interactive exercises to help you think creatively about the
American English. Explore a few below. You may be
surprised by what you learn!
- Radio America
Listen to regional radio stations from all 50 states to hear the rich
sounds of Americans talking. Proof that even in the media, we're not
all beginning to speak and sound alike!
- Track that Word!
Explore the origins and evolutions of hundreds of American words and
expressions in our language database.
Can you figure out where certain terms come from? Take our quizzes
created by The Dictionary of American Regional
to see if you know a kolacky
from a scramble.
- Mapping Attitudes
So, who speaks the most pleasant American English? The most
Try our exercises to help crystallize your thoughts on how American
English is spoken around the country.
Listen to audio samples from across the United States to see if you can
the speaker to the region where they live. (This exercise is tougher
- Verb Machine
Ride, Rode, Ridden...Glide,
Glode, Glidden? Why is it that some verb
conjugations are considered "wrong" when they use the same rules as
others spelled similarly? Run some verbs through our "machine," then
consider the results!
Can tell from the
way some people speak English if they also speak Spanish? Test
yourself, then find out why it's important to know the answer.
- Test Your Vowel
Like all living languages, English is continually changing as new
words, pronunciations and grammatical structures arise and eventually
supplement or replace old ones. See if you can understand the shifts
now appearing in some areas of the United States.