Saturday, December 09, 2006

mausi talks funny

Don't you just love finding out what your fellow bloggers sound like? A couple of days ago I listened delightedly to Ms Mac's lovely Scottish accent when she did Lesley's Accent Meme. I decided to participate as well so you could all hear MY lovely (or not) voice.


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Not bad for a Canuck, eh?

P.S. If you'd like to try this and have a microphone, you can go to the Odeo Studio and sign up for a free account. They let you make a recording and then embed it into your blog with one of their players. If I could figure it out, then so can you! Mail me if you need more details.

38 Comments:

At December 09, 2006 4:39 PM, Blogger Sandra said...

You sound the way I anticipated, but more polished. I am being completely honest, not trying to flatter you when I say I think you could do radio. You sound like someone on NPR.

 
At December 09, 2006 5:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love this! You sound great -- so fluid and friendly! If only I had the courage...

Carol

 
At December 09, 2006 5:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh you have such a pretty voice! And you know so much about our Canadian accent- fascinating stuff!

 
At December 09, 2006 5:49 PM, Blogger Ms Mac said...

Brilliant! You sound very soft. I always think my accent sounds quite harsh in comparison to other English speaking accents.

I always thought a dipthong was something to do with sheep, eh?

 
At December 09, 2006 11:31 PM, Blogger Elemmaciltur said...

Wow, you've such a sweet voice!

 
At December 10, 2006 12:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was enlightening. And incredibly well-scripted and delivered.

Your accent was pretty much what I expected; but not your voice. You sound more girlish than I anticipated. I mean that in a complimentary way, of course.

The other thing that struck me while listening is the point that Sandra has already mentioned. Your essay--both in content and delivery--was like something out of NPR.

And that, my friend, is the greatest compliment that a US liberal can bestow upon another.

-Sal-

 
At December 10, 2006 12:51 AM, Blogger christina said...

Sandra - You're too kind - go ahead and flatter me any time you like. :-) I've never considered a career in radio, but you never know...

Carol - You *have* to try it - it's really fun and not at all like speaking in front of a live audience.

traveller one - Thanks! I've always been very interested in linguistics and the mechanics of different accents.

ms mac - Oh no, Stella, I don't think your accent sounds harsh at all. It's lovely. I've always been a sucker for a Scottish accent and I could listen to you say "murder" all day long. :-)

elemm - It matches my sweet personality. ;-)

Sal - Wow, thank you for all the compliments. I just decided to jump in there with both feet and give it a try. If you liked this one, you should hear me sing. ;-)

 
At December 10, 2006 2:25 AM, Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

You have such a lovely voice!

The only thing I heard that was "strange to my ear" was "a-gain" instead of the usual "a-gen" (sorry, can't write phonetics on this thing). But it's probably because I'm a French Canadian. Others might hardly hear it, but you would, I'm sure.

I won't do it, because I have no accent to place anywhere. I can do impersonations, maybe?

 
At December 10, 2006 3:04 AM, Blogger workinpants said...

`Sugar plum!!!'---you sound beauty,eh!!!! like this eastern hoser would say----"rate nice,wha!" and of course "freakin eh!!"---now i tinks that the eastern folk have a wee bit more of the Celtic in their speech but here in New Brunswick we have alot of Acadian influence----but to make this long story short---YOU SOUND LIKE AN ANGEL!!!! SHATZI SENT ME OVER HERE AND I AM SO GLAD I FINALLY GOT TO HEAR THE LOVELY SUGAR SPEAK!!! XOXOXO

 
At December 10, 2006 3:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gosh!! ... you sound just like me!! *LOL*
By the way, I'm tapping your shoulder over on my "Always a Dreamer" blog :
http://digitalgladrags.com/blog/

Cheers! (eh?)
Lynn

 
At December 10, 2006 3:43 PM, Blogger Mike B said...

It takes a special kind of girl to sling dipthong the way you do. Funny enough, this is not the voice I would match to the your profile photo, but I would match it to the shots you had from Halloween years ago. And when you got the the part about us waiting for the "A" word, I actually thought you meant "Eh" and didn't even think about "Aboot," which you really didn't say like most [eastern] Canadians. But the way you say Columbia just sends shivers down my spine. Well done ... and nice voice.

 
At December 10, 2006 7:35 PM, Anonymous Lisa said...

How totally cool is this? You sound just like I remember you, so sweet! and prepared... geez-o-pete, did you find that pre-written or did you do it yourself? I am so doing this if there's a way.

 
At December 10, 2006 7:49 PM, Anonymous Garnet said...

Your voice is delightful! You sound like you're reading a soothing story to us. I love it!

 
At December 10, 2006 10:51 PM, Blogger christina said...

canswiss - You SHOULD do it, I'm sure we'd all love to hear your voice. Yes, I probably would hear the French Canadian accent.
:-)

workinpants - You are SO funny! We have to get you to do this one. I want to hear you talk like a hoser!

Lynn - Well how 'bout that! Two peas in a pod. I'll take the challenge and try to think about those "5 things".

mike b - So what you're saying is that I retained my girlish voice but lost my girlish looks? Ha ha. Funny how the women commenting weren't much suprised by my voice but the men were. Wonder what that means. As for the accent, I think British Columbians are influenced quite a bit by the rest of the Pacific Northwest, whereas the Prairies have a Scandinavian influence and the Martime provinces a Celtic or Acadian one.

Lisa - "Sweet and prepared" LOL! I wish! And yes, I did write that all by little self. If you want to do the meme and have a microphone, all you need to do is click on the little "powered by Odeo" blurb under the player and you can get a free account at the Odeo Studio and make a recoeding which can then be embedded into your blog. Let me know if you need more details.

garnet - Yup, I'll just put y'all to sleep! Makes a change from yelling at the kids. :-)

 
At December 11, 2006 3:58 AM, Blogger charlotte said...

I have always made the classic mistake of colliding all north American accents into one - but thanks to you I now know how to distinguish a Canadian accent from a US one! That "about", though, it sounds kind of northern English, almost Scottish. I think I could listen to Canadians saying "about the house" all day.

 
At December 11, 2006 9:00 AM, Blogger Lesley said...

So glad you did this! Yes, a very soothing voice. I'd love to put our "about the houses" (or "abowt the howses", in my case) back to back!

 
At December 11, 2006 9:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was great to hear your voice! My Italian husband learned all about canadian accents when he watched an episode of That 70's Show and the kids took a trip to Canada for beer. Ever since then, when he wants to talk with his "Canadian accent" he just adds EH? at the end of everything! Too funny!

I might try this meme out myself if I can figure out how to get my voice on my blog.

Have a great day, eh!
Cyn

 
At December 11, 2006 10:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh I loved this! You do have a lovely voice and you sound JUST LIKE HOME!! I really miss it. Proud, teary-eyed and homesick, Jennifer

 
At December 11, 2006 1:43 PM, Blogger christina said...

charlotte - There are so many variations within North America that's it's hard to keep track. Mine is fairly "neutral", if you can say that about an accent, but as you move east things can become more extreme. The Canadian Raising is thought to be a result of the Great Vowel Shift that happened in England in the 15th and 16th centuries, that would explain the English/Scottish undertones you're hearing.

I LOVED hearing your South African accent on your podcast! I've heard it's one of the hardest English accents to imitate.

Lesley - Couldn't pass up the chance to ramble on endlessly! Yes, we should make recordings of everyone saying "about the house" and compare. :-) Your Scottish accent is charming, BTW

Cynthia - Your husband is so funny. But the eh? *would* be a dead giveaway. I posted some instructions on how to do this at the bottom of the post if you're interested. It's not difficult at all.

Jennifer - So sorry for making you homesick! Yes, it is weird to hear something from "home", isn't it? I sometimes go watch the CTV news online just to hear someone speaking my brand of English. :-)

 
At December 11, 2006 3:29 PM, Blogger Cathy said...

Your voice is LOVELY, Christina!
I would love to share me eastern canadian accent (do I really have one, eh?)but I don't have a microphone (or do I? I don't know; are they built into the computer somewhere or do you need to buy one?) That was my stupid question of the day, btw....

 
At December 11, 2006 4:49 PM, Blogger christina said...

Cathy - Thanks! I would love to hear your voice. And that's NOT a stupid question. I think some computers do have a built-in microphone but ours doesn't so we bought a very inexpensive one (way under $10, I think) that works just fine. It plugs into the little "microphone plug- in thingie right next to the headphone plug-in thingie" on the front of the computer and away we go!

 
At December 11, 2006 5:10 PM, Blogger Cathy said...

Thanks!
I will have to check into this; I'd like to do it!

 
At December 11, 2006 5:11 PM, Blogger Angie said...

Not to be a broken record, but you do have a pretty voice!

I don't really care for my voice, or my flat Midwestern accent. :)

BTW, Spain photos and stories are on my list of things to do after I finish my Christmas cards! I have been busy with holiday parties, holiday shopping, and hanging out with Burmese freedom fighters. (Seriously.)

 
At December 11, 2006 8:47 PM, Blogger Ginnie said...

The first time I tried this, Christina, it didn't work but today it did. Man! I miss you. BOO HOO! I know it should have made me feel good to hear your voice again (it did) but it also reminded me that I was gonna see you right about now.

Maybe come January....

 
At December 11, 2006 9:05 PM, Blogger christina said...

Angie - I'm sure we'd love your voice. I bet it's not at all as you describe. Can't wait for the Spain stuff! Just fancy you getting to hang out with Burmese freedom fighters. :-)

Ginnie - I miss you too, my friend! I'm glad it worked for you this time - I have a feeling the site may go down now and then and cause a little hiccup. I'm REALLY hoping we'll be able to see each other in January.

 
At December 11, 2006 10:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lovely voice...a real pleasure to listen to...and not one..'erm' or 'uh' in that speech! :O)

 
At December 11, 2006 11:31 PM, Blogger woman wandering said...

You have a gorgeous speaking voice ... but you're so clever about Canadian-speak!

Thanks for posting this :)

 
At December 12, 2006 12:34 AM, Blogger LZ Blogger said...

Eh NICE eh! ~ jb///

 
At December 12, 2006 7:18 AM, Blogger Berlinbound said...

You have a beautiful speaking voice ...

 
At December 12, 2006 8:45 AM, Blogger christina said...

wendz - I practiced! :-)

woman wandering - Thanks! I've taken quite a few linguistics courses and I like to know what's what. Now I want to hear YOU say "fish and chips" in your lovely New Zealand accent.

LZ - Thanks for stopping by!

berlinbound - Thank you kindly.

 
At December 12, 2006 10:03 AM, Blogger Alison said...

Oh Christina, that was great! I've always been interested in linguistics and wished I took a few classes in uni. Your accent is very easy to listen to and you don't have a strong 'aboot' at all. Not like us Easterner's... Andrew causes gales of laughter with his 'Noo doot aboot it' and 'oot in aboot.' I grew up with Acadians all around in NB so in French I have to be careful not to add la to the end of every sentence :) Good job eh!

 
At December 12, 2006 3:32 PM, Blogger Expat Traveler said...

wow - look at all of these responses. I had trouble hearing it on the work computer so I waited until this morning..

Yes my one question that I've been teased about lately is Pausta... You know you say it as paaaaasta... IT is sort of funny and never thought of it until last week with the 10 and 13 year old...

But I must say I think we sound quite similar if you take out the canadianism in there.. :) But we sort of knew that already...

Anyone know that pausta, paaasta thing?

 
At December 12, 2006 8:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my! That was so much fun. I loved that. I also do not like to say "veggies."

 
At December 12, 2006 10:34 PM, Blogger christina said...

Alison - I heard Andrew say "out" in your sheep traffic jam video. And yes, I think the New Brunswick accent is a different one again. Which means you HAVE to do this and let us hear your voice!
:-)

Expat - I think the pasta thing is mostly a Canadian vs American thing, but I was reading that not all Canadians pronounce it the way I do, so who knows? Something about borrowing foreign words and how they get assimilated.

I dunno if we sound the same. West Coast for sure, but you still definitely have the real Californian accent. :-)

Amy - I can't explain why I don't like it. It just bugs me. If I thought hard enough I'm sure I'd come up with a bunch of other words too.

 
At December 13, 2006 1:16 PM, Anonymous Maribeth said...

You have a great voice. If you want to hear mine go over to www.dackelprincess.com and scroll down to the youtube/video. I narrate the puppy video. Mine is a totally New England accent. Yes, Greta had her dackels and all is well!

 
At December 13, 2006 8:16 PM, Blogger christina said...

maribeth - I watched that video the other day and loved hearing your voice. Hope you're getting some sleep!

 
At December 26, 2006 3:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

my sister lives in Idaho... up by the Canadian border... you sound a lot like her I think... not funny.

 
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