The nation’s fastest and slowest talkers both live in the Midwest — one in Illinois, study finds – NBC Chicago


Is there anything special about Midwesterners speaking? Wisconsin accents, Minnesota accents, people outside the Chicago area seem to know you’re from Chicago without even asking.

According to research on the nation’s fastest and slowest speakers, there seems to be another layer to this.

“We analyzed data from two national surveys based on YouTube videos and call recordings to determine the fastest and slowest speaking cities, states and regions in the United States,” wrote Preply, an online language learning platform. his findings. “We then determined the average speaking level of Americans in 114 cities and 50 states.”

The results put the Midwest at the top of the list on both ends of the spectrum.

Portland, Oregon took the crown for the fastest US city with an average speaking speed of 5.38 syllables per second, while the fastest speaking state went to Minnesota at 5.34 syllables per second.

“Interestingly, the region is the most common among the 10 fastest-speaking states in the US The Midwest, Prepley wrote, includes Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska. The Midwestern states in America’s heartland aren’t often pigeonholed as linguistic speedsters; however, the data clearly show a different reality. It seems that this area should be more popular than agriculture and industry.’

So how did Illinois end up on the slow end of the survey?

According to Preply, the US city with the slowest average speaking speed is in Illinois. Peoria, Illinois, which sounds 4.71 syllables per second.

Joliet also made the list of slowest speakers, making Illinois the only state in the Midwest to be among the top 10 slowest speaking states.

“The Midwest, represented by two cities in Illinois (i.e., Peoria, Joliet), is the only other region that ranks among the slowest speakers in America,” Prepley said, “and residents of these regions do not seem to have opted for higher speeds.” the story of their Midwestern neighbors.”

By the way, according to this study, “fast-talking New Yorkers” may be a trope.

“While New Yorkers are often written off as motormouths who speak at lightning speed, research shows they’re not. Instead, New Yorkers were not the fastest, but the loudest.”

The most talked about state went to New York.

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