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12 Unique Accents And Dialects You Can Only Find In Specific Places In the United States

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The United States is one of the most linguistically diverse countries in the world; as of 2020, it was estimated that between 350 and 430 different languages are spoken in the nation. English is the most widely spoken, followed by Spanish.

But there are also dialects that are spoken by a much smaller number of people who reside in specific parts of the US. These lesser-known dialects include the brogue spoken by the residents of Ocracoke Island in North Carolina's Outer Banks region, the Cajun French of Louisiana, and the pidgin that was developed by people who came to the Hawaiian Islands to work on the sugar plantations. 

Some of these dialects, like the mixture of colonial-era British English and Tidewater spoken by some of the residents of Tangier Island in Virginia or the Boontling heard in the Northern California community of Boonville, are in danger of dying off, as younger generations haven't been taught the language. But there is hope that these, as well as many of the other lesser-known dialects spoken by residents of the US, can be preserved - and possibly even revived - before it's too late.

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