Transcript The Michigan Accent
The Michigan Accent
“Michigander Slang Words”
“The Mitten” The State of Michigan “The U.P.” The Upper Peninsula “Up North” Where you go if you're traveling within Michigan
In Michigan we….
...go tuh the store, not "to" it.
...usta' have jobs in Detroit, not "used to" ...go huntin' in the wuds, not the "woods" ...get our tires slashed for driving a Tie-ota, not a Toyota.
...say er' not "or." ...feel like we're ki-nuh like Minnesotans, not "kind of."
Michiganders like to save time...
We talk really fast here, so in order to do so, we do something similar to what the French call a liaison and elision . This is basically a way to mash up words in order to make pronunciation easier and faster.
"Well, how am I supposed to say it?"
This comes out sounding like, "Well, how my spose'ta' sayit'?"
Did you eat?
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Secretary of state
We end many sentences in prepositions such as “at”
Deeah or Dayaahd
I’m going to..
Mier or meer
The Michigan Accent: The letter "A"
as in "car" is a kind of light ee-yeah or ēă sound.
Crayons are "crans" Dad is dēăd
The long "e" sound
like the "i" in "mirror" is a bit longer and really nasally.
Also, we don't waste our time with the "or" in "mirror", so it's just "meer."
The letter "t"
If the letter "t" occurs in the middle of a word, it has a "d" sound. City is pronounced "ciddy"
The Michigan Accent: Glottal Stop
This is when your voice kind of stops in the middle of a word and then starts again. In Michigan, we like to do glottal stops at the end of our words, which is kind of like a last bit of forced breath. When we say Detroit, we don't say the "t" sound at the end. We say “Detroi” and then a bit of forced breath.
"kitten" or "button", there is a glottal stop without the t sound actually being pronounced kitten = kih'ihn, button = buh'ton
is drawn out, as in “faahh-ther” for father and “maahm” for mom.
After school, you go to "haahckey" practice.