Finally, a Quiz for International English Accents

Way back when we all took delight in taking the American dialect quiz, a lot of people wanted a similar one for the accents of the rest of the world. Thanks to Games With Words, we now have that quiz.


"Which English?" is from MIT, and its focus is less on pronunciation and more on grammar. Says the website:

This experiment examines people's knowledge of English grammar. We are interested in how this is affected by demographic variables such as where you live, your age, and the age at which you began learning English.

The quiz has many different kinds of grammar questions: matching pictures to the intent of the sentence, fill in the blanks, picking out grammatically-correct sentences from a list, etc. But what struck me the most while taking the quiz was that there may have been only one answer I would actually use, but I recognized other idioms as correct. For example:


I'm American, so I study. But I've read plenty of British books and seen plenty of British television and film, so I know that "read" can be correct. I restricted answers to only what I would say, I got American easily. When I answered with all the answers I thought were technically correct, I got South African as the top match. Does that mean South African is the midpoint between the United States and the United Kingdom?

It's an interesting quiz, so let us know how accurate this was for you.

Top image: Language Scramble by Eric Andresen/flickr


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