Do I have an accent?

So in an effort to keep my friend Lori entertained while she is confined to recovering from this, I decided to vlog for her.

But what about?

Well, since she is also sort of an expert in the field of language and speech development…AND since she held my hand and listened to me while about Eddie not saying any words for so long…I decided that a vlog about, well, TALKING would be appropriate.

This one has been floating around the blog world for a bit.

I saw it on Jen’s blog.

I decided to get my whole family in on it.  So first you will see Cort reading the words that are below the video.  Then I ask him some questions.  Then we flip and I do the words and answer the questions.

Then there is some Eddie nonsense.

So Lori…here are the Sluiters:  talking.

And here are the words we are saying.  You know, in case our Michigan accent is so thick you can’t  understand us:

Aunt, Roof, Route, Wash, Oil, Theater, Iron, Salmon, Caramel, Fire, Water, Sure, Data, Ruin, Crayon, New Orleans, Pecan, Both, Again, Probably, Spitting image, Alabama, Lawyer, Coupon, Mayonnaise, Syrup, Pajamas, Caught, Naturally, Aluminum, Envelope

So what do you think?  Do we SOUND like we come from Michigan?  Because we both do.  From the same town.  Born in the same hospital. 8 and a half months apart.

About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. I’m told I have a norther accent all the time living in Indiana. Seriously, I’ve lived in Indy almost 10 years and I get it all the time. As if Hoosiers are so very “southern” or something…

  2. I can hear a little bit of a Michigan accent. I would do this, but I’m afraid people would make fun of my accent. Without the list, you might not know what I’m trying to say!

    I love Eddie’s little voice! So cute!

  3. TheNextMartha says

    You sound completely “regular” to me. Both of you.

  4. You guys are all adorable, but I would really really really like to nibble on Eddie for awhile. He’s so cute it makes me all itchy.

    Too bad the list of questions didn’t include what you call a pacifier, which I thought of when I heard you call it a pipie. That’s one of those things that has a dozen regional names. Around here most people say binky or sassy.

    • Eddie is pretty nibblable. I’ll give him that.

      And yeah, my whole family has always called it a pipie. I never knew any different until my friends had babies and called it a paci. I’ve also heard binky, but never sassy.

  5. Maija @ Maija's Mommy Moments says

    We love word world too! That being said I think you sound more from Michigan than Cort does. Did you both go to the same College?

    • ha ha! yes! and the same high school. and same middle school. and same elementary school. and we were born in the same hospital. he he he!

      • That’s funny. Speaking of Michigan accents… I’m Canadian, in Canada, my boss is from Boston and we recently interviewed someone from Michigan for a fairly senior position in our office. The interviewee has the STRONGEST Michigan accent I have ever heard and when I mentioned it to my boss he looked at me and said (swear to god) “what accent?” We had just spent 2 hours with her!!!

        • It’s funny because I always thought Michiganders had the absence of an accent. And then I went to BlogHer 🙂

  6. It’s a sun shower when it rains when it’s sunny out! 🙂

    Loved this – your vlog’s always make me laugh!

    • Just chiming in with another vote for sun shower.
      So many people that did this Accent Vlog had no idea what one was….we get loverly sun showers here in the summer 🙂

      • yeah, I have never heard of a sun shower. Where are you all from that you call it this? In Michigan, we just get RAIN. 🙂

        • I’m in NJ and have been since I was about 6, but I think we called it that down in Alabama/Tennessee too since my mother is from there and calls it a sun-shower. Dunno, they’re pretty though 🙂

        • I’m from MA, but living in SC. Not sure where I heard it first, maybe down here! 🙂

  7. I so shoulda known better than to be drinking Coke while watching this. Flippin Fantastic!!!! AWESOME!!!!

    I may have to attempt this at a later date. BTW, my kids all called their pacifiers binky and my BFF’s daughter called hers a fier.

  8. This is awesome. Can I please do this too??? I want to see where people think M and I are from.

    From a totally non-clinical perspective, I would say that you and Courtney possess the general “un-accented” midwest accent that many news anchors try to mimic… with the exception of a few “flat wide” a’s on such words as “data’ and “pajamas” and “pecan”. Also? Eddie is adorably the shiznit.

    • YES! you should SO do this too!

      Cort is better at being less Michigan than I am, for sure.

      And Eddie? Well I have no idea where he gets his pronunciation. “here” and “there” are “hur” and “th-ayer”. weird. but cute.

  9. You both seem to have a bit of an accent, but yours is a little stronger than Cort’s.

    I like how you seem to tease Cort about how you both pronounce Caramel differently (for the record, I pronounce it like Cort).

    And Eddie is SO CUTE.

    • I think the “correct” way to say it is the way you and Cort say it, but I feel weird saying Car-uh-mel, so carmel it is. which means I constantly spell it wrong (as you can see).

  10. Cort gave it away with “data” and you did it with “pecan.” Heehee

    Also, totally weird — I did a guest vlog for Taming Insanity over thanksgiving about how to know if you don’t have an accent. Sadly, it won’t post until the baby comes. xoxo

    • Um, I canNOT wait for that vlog. I always thought the midwest was the lack of an accent…unless you were from Minnesota, of course.

      but apparently I am all accenty.

  11. yes, michiganders do have an accent. i moved away for 15 years, got rid of it, moved back and within minutes of being here, my accent was back!

  12. Being the foreigner here – you ALL have accents 😉

  13. I never thought I had an accent either (I’m from MI), until I moved to Indiana. But come on, guys, you’re Michiganders, and don’t say pop? I’m disappointed in you (kidding).

    Here in Bloomington, people tend to sound a bit more southern. So I’m sure my accent is pure awesome sauce by now.

    I might actually do this this weekend.

    And a sun shower? I’ve never heard of a sun shower!

    • THANK YOU! I never heard of that either!

      And yeah, weirdly we say soda. our families don’t. huh. I think I picked it up from Cort 🙂

  14. Eddie is adorable! And you guys made me chuckle.

    You don’t seem to have much of an accent to me. Maybe Cort with pecan and caramel. And you with aunt. 🙂

    I grew up in IA but now live in MN and my friends back home make fun of my MN accent and people up here make fun of my IA accent. My accent has no home.

    • Cortney is such a liar…I have NEVER heard him say aunt the way he did in the video! He says it just like I do! But he talks to people all over the country on the phone every day, so maybe he has the advantage over me in “covering up” our michigan accent.

  15. I love these…

    Next time, though, you and Cort should rock from left foot to right like Eddie.

    It ups the cute-quotient exponentially. And I’m not even GOOD at math.


    • I had flipped the view thing so he could see himself and he kept dancing back and forth. so funny. He is such a ham. I have NO idea which parent he gets that from. None.

  16. It seriously made my night that you had him say poopy butt. Too funny!

    I don’t think your accent is terrible, but there are certain words it comes out on. I thought it was interesting that you and Cort say some things different ways!

  17. I think you both sound perfectly normal. Tell Cort that I am mad at him because he didn’t wave at me when he went through the ATM!

  18. I hear a bit of accent there, but I love it.

  19. Here’s mine. 🙂