This quiz guesses my native language may be (in this order): English, Swedish, Dutch, none of which is correct (Russian). This tells me my grammar is pretty much correct by now, and only pronunciation gives me away :-)

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@isagalaev Funny, I get exactly the same guesses. I am Flemish which of course is very close to Dutch. My local dialect guesses were
English (England), Scottish (UK), North Irish (UK), a bit odd that Scottish was not first.

@isagalaev It might get better: "The algorithm is only just starting to be able to guess native languages other than English. As it learns more, we'll know more about what the distinguishing features of different language backgrounds are."

@isagalaev My English dialect is US Black Vernacular/Ebonics and I am a native German speaker. This quiz couldn't be more spot on 😊
Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

@Bella I was actually not surprised it couldn't detect my Russian origins. Pretty much nobody can when talking to me in person… except other Russian speakers :-) Americans usually guess me as German for some reason, but I realize it's probably Hollywood-induced accent stereotypes more than anything else.

@isagalaev @Bella It’s funny. My German accent is frequently identified as Russian or French here in the US. 😃

@tsturm @isagalaev @Bella

Funny, I'm German and the most time that I had spent in English speaking countries was in Malta and the UK, a few weeks at a time.

The guess for me was:
1. US Black Vernacular / Ebonics
2. American (Standard)
3. Canadian

1. Norwegian
2. English
3. Dutch

@gemlog @wim_v12e I'd never thought Canadian grammar was any different from Standard American…

What is 'Standard American'? This is the first I've heard of it! :-)
People in different parts of Canada don't sound the same and people in different parts of the USA and Mexico sure don't either! Listen to this Newfie (person from Newfoundland, Canada)
Even when he stops 'putting it on' he still sounds like a Newfie.
Here's an extreme example from the USA

@gemlog @wim_v12e 'Standard American' is the term this quiz uses. Basically, it's the variant of the language taught in schools. "Standard dialect" is not an uncommon notion. There's RP in British English, and we have Literary Russian in Russian.

I was mostly teasing, sorry.
I'm just mildly rankled by the USA taking the name 'American' for themselves when there is a lot more to the Americas than the USA. Never mind.

I do want to say that I have never heard the phrase 'Standard American' until today.
Perhaps it is known to ESL learners or linguists. Or, perhaps it's because the quiz is from MIT, which is in you-no-where :-)
I had a fun time one day listening to these videos
Perhaps you will enjoy them too. I'm trapped there now listening to a young lady from Alabama...

@gemlog @isagalaev This, from My Fair Lady, seems apt:

An Englishman's way of speaking absolutely classifies him,
The moment he talks he makes some other
Englishman despise him.
One common language I'm afraid we'll never get.
Oh, why can't the English learn to
set a good example to people whose
English is painful to your ears?
The Scotch and the Irish leave you close to tears.
There even are places where English completely
Well, in America, they haven't used it for years!

@gemlog @wim_v12e oh I'm a big language and accent nerd myself :-) But there is such a thing as "official" or "standard" language in many countries. And there is a slow convergence of many dialects to a common denominator as people and cultures mix together.

I don't know about other languages, but there is nothing like the académie française or even the kind of agreements between some countries that resulted in the german spelling reform a while back.
No agreement on spelling, grammar or even pronunciation - it's a glorious mess! :-)
Or basic meanings of some things e.g. public schools and private schools. Even arithmetic - we're three orders of magnitude apart on what number the word 'billion' represents!

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