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.


  1. Jordan
    January 7, 2005

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

  2. Mary
    January 7, 2005

    I’m Canadian, and I only got ‘desk’ right. I couldn’t even understand the extended hints.

  3. Harris
    January 7, 2005

    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.

  4. Vince
    January 7, 2005

    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.

  5. Rebecca
    January 7, 2005

    I am an American and I only got 2 right. The sounds were pretty pathetic.

  6. Jennifer
    January 7, 2005

    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.

  7. Rebeka
    January 7, 2005

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

  8. Rachel
    January 7, 2005

    I got zero and I’m a New Zealander – I guess that it’s to be expected!

  9. Yvonne
    January 7, 2005

    I got 3 out of 5 correct (not American). And I thought the last word was “groin”. :)

  10. Guso
    January 7, 2005

    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.

  11. Jeanna
    January 7, 2005

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

  12. Troy
    January 7, 2005

    I got one right. And it did sounds like Troy. :)

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