English: 3 Distinctly Different Dialects That Are Spoken in the United States

By Atlas LS

Did you know that there are over 150 different English dialects spoken worldwide? In the United States, there are about 30 major English dialects, and with it, countless ways to pronounce words for the same meaning. For this reason, English is not easy to speak or understand despite being the primary language for millions of people. Here are three distinct types of English dialects in America and some popular phrases commonly used in each region.

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Cajun Vernacular English

Cajun English is predominately spoken in, you guessed it, Louisiana. The French and Spanish languages heavily influence this particular English dialect, as it once was a territory of France until it was passed over to Spain in the late 1700s, with the Kingdom of Great Britain taking over most of the territory east of the Mississippi. Cajun English is so distinct due to the fusion of African and European cultures, making this dialect one of the most well-known versions of the English language in the United States. If you visit Louisiana and would like to greet someone as the locals do, then you would say, “How’s ya mama an’ them?” This means, “How is your mother and the family?”

New England English

As its name implies, this particular dialect of English refers to New England or the northeastern area or region of the United States, which includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. This version of English comes from a long history that began in the 1600s when English Puritans and Pilgrims arrived from England. The New England English dialect is highly recognizable through its phonology. If someone asks if you love their food, you simply reply with “ayuh,” which means “yes” in New England English.

Texas English

Speaking Mexican Spanish is as common as speaking English in this region of the United States, as Texas was once part of Mexico between 1821 and 1836. For this reason, merging these two languages became its own unique dialect that many consider to be a “Southern accent with a twist.” Texas English began to be fully embraced and utilized as the Tejanos/Tejanas (Hispanic Texans) population became prevalent in the state. If it is time to bid farewell, one of the most popular Texas English phrases is, “see you mañana.” This means “See you tomorrow.”

Translation and Interpretation Services

Whether English, in whichever dialect, is your first language or not, it is certainly important to be able to convey the intended meaning accurately to avoid any misunderstandings. If you find yourself in a position that requires precision when it comes to language or linguistic skills, then utilizing remote simultaneous interpretation (RSI) or conference translation services will be beneficial. Using this type of service will help prevent any miscommunication from happening, no matter where you are in the world or wherever your journey takes you.