Test Your Vowel Power is part of a PBS show called “Do You Speak American?”. I obviously don’t (speak American) because all my answers/guesses are wrong. I swear that the fifth word was “Troy”. Take the test and let me know how you did, especially if you are American.

12 thoughts on “Pardon?

  1. As you know, I’m a born-and-raised midwesterner, and I got none of them right. That lady has some bizarre inflections.

  2. I got two right and I’ve liven in New York City all my life. I got one of the two right only because of the hint.

  3. I’m American, Californian to be precise, and only got 2 right. The clips of “busses” and “socks” didn’t sound anything like what I’m used to. I don’t know if that’s due to bad sound quality of the clips or just an odd accent on the speaker’s part.

  4. I’m American as well. I only got one right (desk). Seriously though, maybe I just live in the wrong part of the country, but I’ve never heard anyone say “block” and “sock” like they did on there. “Desk” “grade” and “busses” I can imagine though.

  5. I got only block and desk right. The other ones were so skewed. Socks sounded like slacks.

  6. California born and raised, and only got desk right. Socks sounded a lot like sax. They didn’t even have an American say those phrases. It sounded like an English or an Irish person.

  7. I got 3 out of 5 right (I’m American), but I had to listen to them all at least twice. Yikes!

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