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Jude's avatar

Care to be apart of the accent challenge?

Asked by Jude (31966 points ) April 9th, 2012

Accent Challenge!

Give us:

Where you’re from.

Pronounce the following words: Aunt, Roof, Route, Theater, Iron, Salmon, Caramel, Fire, Water, New Orleans, Pecan, Both, Again, Probably, Alabama, Lawyer, Coupon, Mayonnaise, Pajamas, Caught, Naturally, Aluminium, GIF, Tumblr, Crackerjack, Doorknob, Envelope, GPOY.
What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?
What is a bubbly carbonated drink called?
What do you call gym shoes?
What do you call your grandparents?
What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket?
What is the thing you change the TV channel with?
Choose a book and read a passage from it.
Do you think you have an accent?

Use youtube or some other voice recording device and post it here. :)

I’ll post mine, shortly.

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230 Answers

Blackberry's avatar

Everyone has an accent to someone that’s not where they’re from. But I’m at work right now :)

Jude's avatar

@Blackberry I know that everyone has accent to others from a different area. ;) I’m not a dumbass. I just wanted to hear how others say it. From different parts of the globe.

cazzie's avatar

Mine is TOTALLY mixed up. You should include the question: What do you call the cloth you dry your dishes with? I will, until the day I die, call it a tea towel. In your kitchen, around your sink, is it a bench or a cupboard?

Jude's avatar

@cazzie I call it a tea towel, too!

Blackberry's avatar

Tea towel? Interesting.

john65pennington's avatar

I can promise you this. If you live in the south and go to California, your southern accent will be challenged by everyone. “Say something, so I can hear your accent”. Bad words to my ears. But, that is life.

You “roll” a house with toilet paper.

It’s a Coke in the south, no matter what the drink might be.

Gym shoes are sneakers down here.

Mattie Mae was my grandmothers name. She was 50% Cherokee Indian.

Shopping for groceries, we use a basket.

The channel selector we call it a “flipper”.

There are several geographical locations of Cherokee tribes in America.

Believe it or not, there are many tv and radio announcers in big business, that came from the south. Pat Sajak and Opry Winfrey to name a few.

wilma's avatar

@Jude I can’t do the recording but I will answer the questions, if that is OK?
What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house? Tee Pee-ing the house (TP)
What is a bubbly carbonated drink called? Pop.
What do you call gym shoes? Gym shoes or tennis shoes.
What do you call your grandparents? Grandma and Grandpa
What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket? Shopping cart.
What is the thing you change the TV channel with? Remote

I don’t think I have an accent, but you probably think that I do.
I’m from Michigan.

jca's avatar

I can tell you I have what’s considered a “Bronx” accent. I pronounce “coffee,” “dog,” and “mall” with Bronx accent. Mawl, dawg, cawfee. I never threw toilet paper on a house, so I did not know what you’d call that. Soda is called soda. Gym shoes are called sneakers. Grandparents were Grandma and Grandpa, but my daughter calls hers Nana and Pop-pop. Groceries go in a shopping cart. TV changed with the remote (I think @john65pennington‘s “flipper” sounds more generational and age-related than regional).

harple's avatar

Really hoping I don’t regret this!

You can hear my answer here

It may be a little quiet…...

john65pennington's avatar

Ica. My daughter first called the channel selector a “flipper”, when cable first came out.

She was 20 years old and it had nothing to do with our age.

Brian1946's avatar

@harple

‘twas nice to hear your voice. It’s lovely and very easy on the ears. :-)

I don’t know how accurate this comparison is, but you sound somewhat like an understated Tracy Ullman.

jca's avatar

@john65pennington: OK. I just never heard anybody calling it that before.

wilma's avatar

I loved hearing @harple !
I don’t know how to do the audio upload thing.

harple's avatar

audioboo.fm is a free-to-join website that will let you record direct onto it using a microphone on your computer/laptop, or you can upload a recording if you have a different device.

@Brian1946 @wilma Thank you!

FutureMemory's avatar

My pronunciation of Jude’s words from the details of the question.

http://audioboo.fm/boos/747927-futurememory-accent-challenge

harple's avatar

@FutureMemory I’m SO glad you did that! Really interesting to hear how differently we pronounce words :-)

FutureMemory's avatar

@harple It was kinda fun, I must admit :)

I turned the volume all the way up on my laptop but still couldn’t hear yours, I’m afraid. :/

MilkyWay's avatar

I’m going to be posting mine very soon…

picante's avatar

Dagnabbit (is that one word)—I can’t hear Harple even with my speakers on full volume. But I can hear her lovely British accent, with that understated Tracy Ullman quality, in my mind’s ear. And I loved hearing FutureMemory’s voice. Y’all keep ‘em coming.

harple's avatar

Here’s a louder version (I hope!) Finger’s crossed.

Edit – it’s probably a poorer sound quality, but at least it might be audible.

FutureMemory's avatar

BTW, this is at least the 2nd time Jude has posted a What do you sound like? question, and I’m thoroughly convinced she does it just to show off her incredible voice. For those that haven’t heard it, you’ll know what I mean when you do :)

edit: Harple, that was much better! You have a very sophisticated sounding English accent…to my ignorant American ears, anyway :)

FutureMemory's avatar

@KateTheGreat You sound quite different than the other times I’ve heard you…

KateTheGreat's avatar

@FutureMemory Being around all these Russians is getting to me!

wilma's avatar

So what are you all using for a microphone? I have a desktop computer, are you using the mic on your webcam?

Bent's avatar

I can’t do a recording either, but I’ll answer the questions

What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?
I have absolutely no idea. I’ve never heard of anyone doing this.

What is a bubbly carbonated drink called?
Pop. My father insisted on calling it all “lemonade” even if it wasn’t lemon flavoured.

What do you call gym shoes?
Trainers

What do you call your grandparents?
Gran and Grandad, my other grandmother was Nanna.

What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket?
Trolley

What is the thing you change the TV channel with?
remote

I have a Welsh accent.

Brian1946's avatar

@Jude

Assuming that GTOY is an acronym, for what does it stand?

wilma's avatar

I can’t get the audioboo thing to load. Anyone else having a problem with that?

Ponderer983's avatar

@harple That was as smooooth as butter! You should do commercials!

@FutureMemory You said “sal-mon” lol. I drop the “L”

I’ll have to try an figure out how to upload this stuff. Gimme some time :)

Blackberry's avatar

@wilma I used the sound recorder on my comp. I don’t have a mic or anything, I spoke into my computer. I guess it was either the webcam or speakers?

tinyfaery's avatar

Man. You are asking a lot.

Oh, wait. You already know what I sound like.

28lorelei's avatar

Haha, my accent is something between a Boston accent, an Upstate NY accent (I think, because my dad put a lot of effort into having me NOT develop a full-blown accent), and possibly a bit of a Finnish accent in there too? I have no idea :)

harple's avatar

@wilma We’ve pm’d, but incase anyone else is having issues with audioboo and trying to record directly onto that site. It seems to use Java, so if you don’t have that downloaded on your computer then it won’t get past the “loading” screen. I think (hope!) that should solve the problem. (Java is a free software that enables interaction with websites like that one.)

Here’s a link: What is Java?

wilma's avatar

Ok I think I got it.
I was nervous so my voice is a bit shaky.

This is me

Why am I nervous about you hearing my voice or what I sound like?

jca's avatar

@wilma: I only listened to yours so far but you sound like an NPR announcer! It’s good, it’s not an insult!

Now I want to listen to them all! Not sure if I have Java downloaded, and if I don’t, I probably can’t as my computer at work is part of a big network of a few thou, but I’ll see if I can do it from my laptop.

wilma's avatar

@jca Are NPR announcers from the upper Midwest?

jca's avatar

@wilma: I don’t know. The tone of your voice, I think, was what I meant.

I just listened to all of them and it’s funny but hearing people’s voices makes me feel like I know them better. I am going to try to do mine later on.

wilma's avatar

@jca I felt the same way after I heard some of the voices. Like they (the people who voices I heard) are more real to me now.
Thanks @Jude for suggesting this.
Even if it was a bit scary for me.

Jude's avatar

Gah. Not working for me. I can’t find my mic.

Jude's avatar

Sorry for the poor sound quality (and the bit at the end. There were a few more odd questions at the end that I omitted from this question).

Jude from Canada

Jude's avatar

(at the end “what the sam hill?” haa)

One of the last questions was “would you be a wizard or a vampire?”. Not sure what that had to do with the challenge, hence, “what the sam hill?”.

Jude's avatar

Anyone hear a Canadian accent?

Jude's avatar

@jca Good! :)

harple's avatar

@Jude Sorry, yes I do! Lovely though! Really enjoying listening to everyone, and can’t get over how smooth @wilma sounds too! :-)

picante's avatar

I’m struck by how lovely all your voices are. Could Fluther have a disproportionately large population of voice talent? How ironic for a medium that has no sound ;-)

I’ll spare you my Texas twang.

wilma's avatar

@Jude I hear just a touch of Canadian. I am surprised at how you pronounce some things more like me than I expected. Caramel, so far I think we are the only ones to pronounce it that way.

@harple smooth? I am often asked when I answer the phone, “Are you in bed?”
One guy even suggested I could “make a lot of money with that voice”. I don’t think he was talking about being on NPR!

@picante I’d love to hear your twang.

Jude's avatar

@wilma My girlfriend is from Michigan and we spend a lot of time together. I am sure that I’m picking it up from her.

wilma's avatar

So do you you all think I have an accent? Is it strong? If I hadn’t told you, could you tell where I was from?
What do I say that sounds strange to you?
Do you think @Jude and I pronounce Caramel wrong? What about aluminum? and Iron? I have heard those a couple of different ways here.
@harple and @MilkyWay pronounced aluminum differently than Jude and I did.

jca's avatar

To me it’s funny to hear people pronounce “iron” as “i-ron.” I pronounce it “i-ern.”

Keep_on_running's avatar

I-ron a marathon today…

MilkyWay's avatar

I was very surprised when I heard you guys pronounce Aluminium that way lol! You leave out the i in the middle.

wilma's avatar

@MilkyWay We spell it with only one i, and so we pronounce it that way.

FutureMemory's avatar

@wilma I remember thinking the Brits were butchering that word ;). I didn’t know they spelled it differently in the UK.

wilma's avatar

@FutureMemory I thought the same thing.
Oh and @FutureMemory I didn’t hear an accent when you spoke. Did you hear one in my voice?

MilkyWay's avatar

@wilma Aah, I see. :)

FutureMemory's avatar

I love how English is spoken in the UK, by the way. I love how they shorten Mathematics to “Maths”. At first it sounded so bizarre to my American ears, but it actually makes sense to have that s on the end. Why do we here in the US call it just “Math”?

@wilma I couldn’t place your accent, so if you have a regional one, it’s very slight. :)

picante's avatar

Because you requested it, Wilma, here are the dulcet tones of Picante.

wilma's avatar

@picante You don’t seem to have a strong accent to me. Just a wee bit of one. Not twangy at all, very nice!

MilkyWay's avatar

@FutureMemory And if I’m not mistaken, there are some who also call it calculus?

FutureMemory's avatar

@MilkyWay Calculus is a branch of mathematics. When referring to math in general, we don’t sometimes call it Calculus, as in, “Gosh, I can’t figure out what 50 divided by 10 is…I hate calculus!”. Nope :)

Jude's avatar

We did this awhile back on Fluther. I can hear my accent here.

Facade's avatar

I’m always late!
Here’s mine
I was nervous, but too lazy to re-do it =)

Jude's avatar

Oh-la-la. :)

lillycoyote's avatar

I didn’t think I had an accent, at least not the horrible Delaware accent some people have, but when I was living in Austin, I was in a bookstore and some random linguistics professor came up to me and said “You’re from the Mid-Atlantic, aren’t you?” Huh? Yes, you’re right, I am. So I guess I do have an accent of some kind. Who knew?

Though some of the things in this question are really about “regionalisms” rather than accents. Like:

What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house? Rolling a house
What is a bubbly carbonated drink called? Soda
What do you call gym shoes? Sneakers
What do you call your grandparents? Gramma and Grampa
What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket? shopping cart
What is the thing you change the TV channel with? remote

There is also the bag vs. sack thing. Where I grew up when you go to a store they ask you if you want a “bag.” When I moved to Portland, OR it took me forever to get used to being asked if I wanted a “sack.”

And when I moved to Texas, it took me a while to learn to say “y’all” instead of “you guys.” and when I moved back east it took me a while to relearn to say “you guys” instead of “y’all.” It also took some getting used to, in Texas, that “a coke” or “a coke or something” was pretty much the generic term for soda or pop.

I think also the what you call your grandparents thing may be more of an “ethnic” attribute than a regionalism.

Anyway, blah blah blah…. lilly just goes on and on, doesn’t she?

Here are my voice recordings.

Pronouncing the words as instructed

Reading a passage from a book as instructed

I am now @Jude‘s obedient servant. I do as she instructs. :-)

lillycoyote's avatar

It is just so wonderful to hear all your voices on this one. You are all coming alive for me.

Thanks, @Jude, for asking this one. Just for that alone. To hear what you all sound like.

:-)

Yeah, I’m a sap. So what?

Bellatrix's avatar

I couldn’t get the other audio thing to work so I used that Vocaroo thing.

This is my accent challenge post

I hope it works!

Bellatrix's avatar

@lillycoyote – you do have an accent. How to train a dog is a very handy passage. My dog needs much more training. What region are you from Lilly? I agree this was a good idea and question from @Jude.
@Facade, you have such a sweet voice. And you also have an accent too.
@Jude sounds a little like I expected. Not that I’m sure what I expected.
@picante… I always say your name wrong :-) I will know how to say it from now on.
@harple, you don’t have a very strong accent. Well not to me anyway.
@FutureMemory, you have a lovely deep voice.

Thank you for the fun question @Jude.

FutureMemory's avatar

I can’t get over Al-you-mini-yum.

Bellatrix's avatar

I missed @MilkyWay‘s post and @KateTheGreat‘s posts.

@MilkyWay, no you don’t sound as though you come from the Midlands but you have a lovely accent. I don’t think I have much of a Mancunian accent either and never did when I was a child either.

I love @KateTheGreat‘s accent! It is lovely.

harple's avatar

I am so loving hearing everyone! I’ve been pronouncing your name wrong too @picante – so nice to know how to say it properly now :-) (I’ve been saying Pee-can-tay rather than Peek-arn-tay.)

@Bellatrix Yours is really interesting to me – there’s definitely an Australian hint to your voice (eg in the way you say the K in UK), but other words are really strongly English sounding (eg “both”, “court”, “shopping trolley”).

Out of interest, are people hearing a difference between mine, ( @harple ) @MilkyWay‘s and @Bellatrix‘s accents, or do they sound the same? (All UK-based)

wilma's avatar

I love @Facade ‘s laugh!
@lillycoyote, “possessed by demons” Ha,ha!
@Bellatrix you sounded more UK than Australian to me.
@FutureMemory that “Al-you-mini-yum”. is funny isn’t it?

FutureMemory's avatar

@harple Out of interest, are people hearing a difference between mine, ( @harple ) @MilkyWay‘s and @Bellatrix‘s accents, or do they sound the same? (All UK-based)

Definitely hear a difference among you three.

@Bellatrix sounds like a combination of UK English and Australian, @MilkyWay sounds like a fairly standard or generic English accent (not a bad thing), while yours sounds like a very polished, almost exaggerated (in a good way) version of it. You should do voice acting or something :).

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Whee! It’s been fun to hear the voices of fellow Jellies. Here’s mine, if anyone is interested.

One side note: Growing up, we called our aunts Ant Louise, Ant Nancy, etc. Is this a regional pronunciation, or were we the only ones who did this?

wilma's avatar

@Pied_Pfeffer, Aunt Margaret, pronounced like ant, yes that is what we did/do.

I really like this hearing the voices. I have changed a few of my misconceptions about people on here, or maybe not misconceptions, but rather just filled in some blanks.

FutureMemory's avatar

@wilma Someone sent me a PM that said they loved hearing my normal-sounding voice, but that “if you had sounded a little whacked out, I wouldn’t have been surprised”, so I made another audio clip of what I imagined she originally expected…haha.

MilkyWay's avatar

@Facade One word. Wow.
Actually, I’ll add 4 words to that: I love your voice :D

Keep_on_running's avatar

It’s so true how real everyone seems now when you hear their voices and they all sound so good! I’d upload mine if my voice and microphone weren’t so crappy. But where are all the male Flutherites too?

It’s funny how you guys say “pecan” as in pe-cahhhn and “channel changer”. Also, @FutureMemory‘s voice is so nice, would it be creepy if I said I replayed it a couple times? It’s soothing…btw I downloaded it and made several copies of which I have backed up on my external hard drive just in case…I kid, I kid.

This thread made me genuinely smile.

jca's avatar

I left my laptop at work last night but i am determined to try this later on tonight! Stay tuned!

MilkyWay's avatar

@Keep_on_running We wanna hear yooou :D
I also find their pronounciation funny. I’ve always pronounced it “pee-cun.”

Facade's avatar

@KateTheGreat You sounded annoyed haha.. I can hear the accent =)
@FutureMemory You sound much more innocent than I expected
@MilkyWay Ahh thanks, I not that fond of it, but I love yours too! I played it for my SO haha Is that weird?

KateTheGreat's avatar

@Facade The Russian accent is nothing more than an annoyance. Hahaha. I’m constantly being asked if I’m okay or if I have a problem due to my voice.

wilma's avatar

@Keep_on_runningAlso, @FutureMemory‘s voice is so nice, would it be creepy if I said I replayed it a couple times? It’s soothing…
I was thinking the same thing, I played it over again.

MilkyWay's avatar

@Facade Lol! Don’t really know if that’s weird or not xD
And I think I should admit I have a crush on @FutureMemory‘s voice… no joke.

wilma's avatar

@MilkyWayAnd I think I should admit I have a crush on @FutureMemory‘s voice… no joke.
Ok so we seem to have a consensus then?

Keep_on_running's avatar

@MilkyWay and @wilma

Me too, it’s so weird. Are we normal?

wilma's avatar

@Keep_on_running ya, I think he just sounds really good. Although it does make you wonder if the looks match the voice.
Wait…no, I’m not going there.

edit: We are having some fun at @FuturMemory’s expense. All in fun folks!

Keep_on_running's avatar

@wilma We all go there in our heads don’t worry…

MilkyWay's avatar

Well there’s one thing I can say for sure.
@FutureMemory was a very cute lookin kid :D

flutherother's avatar

Lovely to hear so many attractive voices. Here is mine. I forgot to answer the last question but I do think I have an accent.

MilkyWay's avatar

Haha! There’s a Scot in our midst! :D

Jude's avatar

@flutherother My favorite accent in zee whole wide world. :) Scoo-ish!

wilma's avatar

Mine too ^^^! Reminds me of my mother’s family.

FutureMemory's avatar

Oh my…

Form a line, ladies.

Jude's avatar

I’ll start the line behind Miss Facade. :)

FutureMemory's avatar

I went and listened to my recording again, and I really have no idea what you guys are talking about. I sound like a huge nerd. :)

Keep_on_running's avatar

An alluring sounding nerd, just accept it @FutureMemory.

MilkyWay's avatar

I’m gonna be a good girl and wait patiently in line… (blinks eyes innocently)

Jude's avatar

@Bellatrix Oooh, I just heard yours. Lovely, lovely, lover-lyl!!!

jca's avatar

I personally hate the sound of my voice. You’ll all hopefully be hearing it later, if I can download Java and Audioboo.

Jude's avatar

@Bellatrix and @flutherother, I could listen to you two all day.

Keep_on_running's avatar

I forgot to mention I pissed myself laughing when @Blackberry said juh-poy (GPOY) ahhh… so funny. It sounded like you were on the verge of laughing the whole time. :D

Ponderer983's avatar

@FutureMemory I will not be in line for @flutherother ‘s accent. Sorry, while your voice is lovely, I’m not keen on the Scottish accent. Now get me an Australian guy in here – I’ll pitch a tent and wait in line for a week on that one!

What I have noticed is that most people pronounce coupon like “cue-pon”, whereas I pronounce it “coo-pon”. That has stood out to me.

Jude's avatar

If we have any questions for the jellies in this thread, ask ‘em and let us hear the jellies’ respond using their lovely voice. :)

I just want to hear more from y’all.

FutureMemory's avatar

@flutherother I feel like watching Braveheart now.

“They make take our questions, but they will never take our lurrrvve!!

jca's avatar

“Tea towel?” To me, it’s a dish towel.

Bellatrix's avatar

Thank you @Jude. Blushing now.

@Ponderer… I will ask my husband to record the words for you (he may refuse, but I will try).

I love @flutherother‘s accent too. Aww plimsolls… Haven’t heard that term for a while. I am also going to send you a few novels and wonder if you wouldn’t mind reading them out loud for me. You read out loud so well! Not everyone can put life into a story.

cookieman's avatar

This has been so much fun to follow along.

Here’s my immediate, off-the-cuff reactions to everyone’s thus far. It’s so great to hear everyone!!

@harple: You could read me the phone book anytime.

@FutureMemory: You sound so friendly.

@MilkyWay: I bet you’d read a great bedtime story.

@KateTheGreat: Get me the Moose and Squirrel. :^)

@Blackberry: You sound adorable. Not at all what I expected.

@wilma: Very serene. So calming.

@Jude: You sound like the all-American girl. Which is clearly ironic.

@picante: You sound very sweet.

@Facade: You could sell snowballs to Eskimos.

@lilycoyote: You sound like a lot of fun. A real character.

@bellatrix: Very, very nice.

@PiedPfeffer: I bet you tell a great story. Tall tale style.

@flutherother: Albannach!!

I hope I didn’t miss anyone.

I’ll try to record and post one tomorrow.

jca's avatar

I just did mine. It’s being “processed” so it’s probably not available yet. My name there is JCA. If you guys want to hear it feel free, because honestly, by the time I learn how to post a link, you can find it yourselves!

MilkyWay's avatar

@cprevite I might start off reading a bedtime story, and end up gobbling some very yummy cookie…

Jude's avatar

I am pretty sure that I saw our Fluther Mother in there (when looking for JCA’s). :)

jca's avatar

I’m trying to listen to mine but I can’t. I see it’s 1.45 minutes long, but when I click on the play arrow, nothing happens. Not sure why. Anybody know?

Jude's avatar

@jca I love caawght (caught). :)

caawfees (hee!!)

jca's avatar

@Jude: Ok, so at least I know it’s been recorded! :) I would just like to hear it myself!

Jude's avatar

You should be able to! =/

jca's avatar

@Jude: I know. I click on the arrow and nothing happens. I wait about two minutes and give up. I don’t get it.

augustlan's avatar

Wow, this is so fun! I love hearing everyone’s voices. You all sound fantastic!
Here’s me:

List of words and questions
and
Reading part of The Raven

augustlan's avatar

@Jude Can you post a link to @jca‘s recording? I can’t find it. :(

jca's avatar

OK I’m concluding it’s a setting on my laptop that may be the issue, because yesterday when I listened to recordings, it was at work and it was fine, but now I just tried to listen to @augustlan‘s and I had the same problem I have trying to listen to my own. I click on the arrow and crickets are chirping while I wait and nothing seems to happen.

Bellatrix's avatar

I used this recording site @jca. The other one didn’t work for me either. It just hung there.

jca's avatar

@Bellatrix: It seems to have recorded it, because @Jude wrote she likes the way I pronounced “caught.” The recording shows 1.45 minutes, so that seems like it worked. I don’t know. Can anybody find it and double check that it’s recorded?

Bellatrix's avatar

It’s there @jca and hello to you fellow jelly :-)

@jca‘s accent

Lovely @jca… cawfee… :-)

Bellatrix's avatar

@augustlan – you really DO have an accent. It is a very nice accent too.

jca's avatar

I’ll be listening to it tomorrow at work and cringing. I usually can’t stand the way I sound, and right now my voice is kind of nasally because I have allergies and it’s the season.

It’s strange because I checked my audio levels and I went to You Tube and I can hear stuff on there, so it’s not like it’s on mute or something.

I think we should regularly do accent challenges and do vocal greetings from time to time. It feels good and makes it more like we’re friends! (@jca skips through fields of daisies at this thought)

augustlan's avatar

Yay, I can hear @jca‘s! Thanks for posting the link, @Bellatrix. :)

FutureMemory's avatar

@jca I’m guessing you’re from New York?

jca's avatar

@FutureMemory: Yes, da Bronx. Don’t live in the Bronx now, I live a little north of there, but came of age in that area.

FutureMemory's avatar

Yeah, I can sense that it’s not as strong as it may have been in the past. Hearing you reminded me of when I lived in NYC for a few years. :)

jca's avatar

I (we) say things like “wit” for “with.” I’m going wit him to get my cawfee at the mawl.

Jude's avatar

And one more thing. Really

Thanks, everyone!

I apologize for the crackling sound at the beginning.

Mr_Bellatrix's avatar

My wife asked me to take part in the accent challenge.

This is for you @Ponderer983.

My answers to the questions.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

@Bellatrix and @Mr_Bellatrix Thanks for recording that!

rooeytoo's avatar

Mr. Bellatrix sounds pretty dinky die ridgy didge true blue fair dinkum dead set aussie!

I didn’t realize your husband was aussie, for some reason I thought he was from UK too. So you are same as I, fell in love with one of these blokes and moved down under. They do have a way about them!

cazzie's avatar

Here is my dodgy accent. Doing this made me nervous. I didn’t want to be silly and answer all the questions in Norwegian, though. I kept it in English. http://vocaroo.com/i/s0BoR1JlrR15

FutureMemory's avatar

@cazzie You have a very nice voice :) You sound 95% American, by the way. Despite having lived elsewhere for many years, you’ve retained your American voice almost completely.

cazzie's avatar

Thank you :o) Yeah, I’d say I still sound pretty Midwestern. I noticed some words are coming out Norwegian now, like when I said pyjamas. That made me almost stop and re-do it, but then I thought.. well, that IS how I say it now. Talk about making a person self-conscious.

jca's avatar

Just heard mine. Can’t stand my voice! I never could!

cookieman's avatar

@jca: Aww, I like how you sound.

Okay, here is my contribution to the Fluther Accent Challenge (as hosted by Jude).

Thanks for letting me play…

jca's avatar

I read somewhere, there was some researcher researching peoples’ accents, and he determined that when the person knew they were being recorded, the accents changed, whereas when people did not know they were being recorded or even listened closely to, they spoke as they really spoke. I know for myself, my NYC accent comes out more when I’m speaking quickly with friends than when I am conscientious and hyper-aware of myself and my speaking.

augustlan's avatar

I can’t tell you how much I’m enjoying this thread. I love all of your voices!

cazzie's avatar

I am enjoying hearing the voices so well that I think we should have an ‘audio question’ every now and then. It certainly makes you all seem so much more ‘real’. <3 warmed

Ponderer983's avatar

@Mr_Bellatrix Now that’s what I’m talking about!! I love how the accent I love the most came from a prison colony. But finally, some else says “Pee-Can” and not “Pee-cahn”. I thought I was the only one. Watch out @Bellatrix I’m coming for your husband lol!

cookieman's avatar

Did mine sound okay? I’ve never used AudioBoo before and haven’t had a chance to hear it back.

augustlan's avatar

@cprevite Very ok. Deep, sexy. How you doin’?

Ponderer983's avatar

@cprevite Yours sounded fine. I have to say, you don’t have as strong of a Boston accent that I have heard. Good thing, cause I can’t stand Boston accents lol. But yours was not strong at all. Rather pleasant actually.

MilkyWay's avatar

Oh my goodness…
Jellies are gifted with the most awesome, wonderful, sexy and beautiful voices ever.
Thank you @Jude and everyone else for letting us hear your amazing voices and accents. :D

flutherother's avatar

I’m surprised you can all distinguish the Scottish accent from the English. When I was in America lots of people there couldn’t tell the difference.
PS Send those books over @Bellatrix and I’ll translate them into Scottish for you.

wilma's avatar

I was nervous when I recorded mine. I can hear the quaver at times. Especially when I said doorknob and when I was reading the poem. As I think back to the recording, when that word (doorknob) came up, I was thinking about my special doorknobs and when I said it a bit of emotion crept in. Also with the poem, one of my favorites and I felt as if I was reading it to you all, like I would to someone special.

mangeons's avatar

I would just like to point out that @augustlan does not sound like that in real life! She’s fooling you all! Hpmh.

FutureMemory's avatar

@mangeons And where is your contribution? No posting in this thread if you don’t let us hear you!

:P

mangeons's avatar

Also, here’s what I sound like. I hate my voice, so no making fun!!

@FutureMemory I was getting to that part, don’t rush me! Hpmh.

FutureMemory's avatar

Aww, how adorable you sound. There’s no reason you should hate your voice :)

mangeons's avatar

@FutureMemory Haha, thanks! I recorded it on my iPod though, it made my voice less deep and terrible. :)

jca's avatar

I think it would be nice if, from time to time, we return to this thread and notify the rest that we are posting a special message on Audioboo. We can post interesting little tidbits, holiday greetings, something inspirational, just to say hi, something funny, whatever…..

wilma's avatar

You sound very sweet @mangeons .

augustlan's avatar

@mangeons I love your voice. That recording doesn’t really sound like you, though, either! :p

harple's avatar

@jca lovely idea! I guess we could also link to a personal greeting on our profile pages?!? :-)

@Mr_Bellatrix I love how much fun you had recording yours! Great ending!

@cprevite Okay, I’ll start with A – A.Adams 012 3456 789 ;-)

@Ponderer983 Listen to some of the UK ones and you’ll hear Pecan the way you like it too…

@FutureMemory Thank you (I think?!?) ;-)

@everyone Loving hearing everyone’s voices, and how you pronounce your user names, and that some of you are male/female when I had thought the opposite!!! (dorry!)

wilma's avatar

Yes @harple The pronunciation of the user names was sometimes a surprise for me.

FutureMemory's avatar

@harple I loved your voice! It was like listening to Masterpiece Theatre. I can hear the violins now, just thinking about it.

Jude's avatar

@cprevite Could easily do radio. :)

cazzie's avatar

Live in NZ long enough and you MUST learn the Kiwi accent from the Aussie or suffer at your peril. If you call a Kiwi an Aussie, it is a bit like calling a Canadian an American! (gasp horror)

cookieman's avatar

@Jude: Thank you. I hear that a lot. :^)

Bellatrix's avatar

And vice versa @cazzie.

Brian1946's avatar

@cazzie

“If you call a Kiwi an Aussie, it is a bit like calling a Canadian an American!”

Do your Swedish compatriots agree with you on that? ;-)

Dutchess_III's avatar

Aunt= Ant
Roof = Roo-f
Route = Rowt
Theater = Theader
Iron-iern
Salmon = Saman
Caramel = Car-mel
Fire = Fi-yer
Water= What-er
New Orleans = New Or-lens
Pecan – Pee kahns. (Except Pecan Pie is “Peekin’ Pie thanks to my Dad, who’s from Texas,)
Both=Bow-th
Again = Ah ghen.
Probably = Prob-ub-lee
Alabama = Al-auh-bam-uh.
Lawyer = Loy-er
Coupon = Ku-pon
Mayonnaise = Man-ase
Pajamas = Pah-jahm-us
Caught = Cot.

Dutchess_III's avatar

What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house? = Great Fun! Tee-peeing

What is a bubbly carbonated drink called? = Coke / pop

What do you call gym shoes? – Tennis shoes

What do you call your grandparents? = Daid (never met either side.)

What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket? = Husband on roller skates? Grocery Cart.

What is the thing you change the TV channel with? My husband.

Choose a book and read a passage from it. My name is Ishmael.

Do you think you have an accent? When I go to Seattle I’m told I do. But it sure isn’t as bad as those from Oklahoma and Texas!

Dutchess_III's avatar

THIS IS SO COOL HEARING EVERYONE’S VOICE!!!! I don’t have a microphone. Not sure where to start.

MilkyWay's avatar

“I don’t have a microphone. Not sure where to start.”
Start off with gettin a microphone your Highness :P

jca's avatar

@Dutchess_III: If your computer has a camera, it has a microphone.

Dutchess_III's avatar

How would I know if it has a camera?

cazzie's avatar

@Brian1946 I don’t have Swedish compatriots. I live in Norway and am not Norwegian.

AshLeigh's avatar

I’m late, but here’s me being awkward.
It skips a little. I don’t know why. :)

cazzie's avatar

@AshLeigh you are so charming. Very sweet.

I have family connections to Alaska…. so it was wonderful to hear someone speaking from there.

AshLeigh's avatar

Why thank you, @cazzie.

MilkyWay's avatar

@AshLeigh You sound so adorably cute!
I’m so glad I’ve got you as a virtual sis :D

AshLeigh's avatar

@MilkyWay you have a pretty voice!!!
I’m glad to have you as my Fluther sister too! :D

AshLeigh's avatar

How does everyone say Jersey? ‘cause I say it like this

Ponderer983's avatar

@AshLeigh Do you seriously say it like that?!?!?! I didn’t think anybody actually pronounced it like that! I’m from Jersey and I don’t say it like that. I say it exactly how it’s spelled.

AshLeigh's avatar

@Ponderer983, yeah, I don’t know why. Haha.

Jude's avatar

Who wants to hear Jude’s drunk accent, haha? No? Okay. ;)

AshLeigh's avatar

LezboPirate has decided to participate. :D
http://audioboo.fm/boos/756049-lezbopirate

rooeytoo's avatar

Awww what the heck, here is mine, late as usual!

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

@rooeytoo I think that you would make a wonderful audio book narrator. .

rooeytoo's avatar

@Pied_Pfeffer – thank you. One of these days I will volunteer to do that.

Dutchess_III's avatar

@rooeytoo I saw you at auction yesterday! There were a thousand pickups parked on the side of a very busy highway (you had to walk a mile to get to the auction) and you were peeking out of the bed of one of the trucks. All alone. With cars and semis whizzing by. I wanted to go get you and bring you home…but I didn’t. My poor husband. He goes “Why are you always yelling “There’s Rooeytoo!!!”

MilkyWay's avatar

@rooeytoo Woah, you sound so familiar… I really like your accent.

Jude's avatar

@rooeytoo I hear no accent whatsoever. :)

FutureMemory's avatar

@Dutchess_III Val, what the frack are you talking ab…oh, haha… I get it now.

Dutchess_III's avatar

We have little dogs like your dog all over out here! They are SOOOO cute!!

FutureMemory's avatar

@AshLeigh I heard your recording…you know the minimum age to join Fluther is 13?

Response moderated (Flame-Bait)
Incoherency_'s avatar

Way to go @FutureMemory- scorin’ points with the well-hung ladies. ;-)

AshLeigh's avatar

^^ LMAO.

MilkyWay's avatar

^ I’ll second that!

cazzie's avatar

@rooeytoo sounds like a stranger in Australia…... far from her home. I can imagine her wearing a red bandana around her neck.

rooeytoo's avatar

@Dutchess_III – dingos are a very ancient breed so many “natural” looking dogs are indeed my cousin brothers and sisters and we all look similarly! That is funny, thank you for trying to rescue me! Here she is pulling me along on my scooter, scooter jouring we call it!

Dutchess_III's avatar

Well, thank you for sharing those! Here’s one of my Dutchess Dog. There are three videos of her trying to grab her own tail. This is the second one. She got really good at it…to the point she’d get a good grip and yank really hard and pull herself off of her own feet! In the first one she almost ran herself off the porch!

PS..if you want to hear my voice you have to watch “Snakes in the Rain…”

AshLeigh's avatar

Hmmph… My response was modded. So I’ll settle for this: @FutureMemory I will beat you up. >:(

MilkyWay's avatar

I wonder who flagged it as flame bait…
@AshLeigh Sis, we’ll both beat his old ass up :D

FutureMemory's avatar

@MilkyWay I wonder who flagged it as flame bait…

Someone that wants to keep things as clean/friendly around here as possible, or someone that doesn’t know Ash and I are friends…or both? <shrug>

AshLeigh's avatar

Yeah man, Future and I are bros. :)
I understand why someone would flag it though. It was inappropriate. Shrugs Oh well. :)

augustlan's avatar

Actually, nobody flagged it. It’s just that people who don’t know you’re joking would see it, and it would look like we allow personal attacks. Sorry!

AshLeigh's avatar

[Repeats previous comment.] My feelings = Not hurt. :)

Bellatrix's avatar

I think @AshLeigh got confused and thought this was the oral thread.

AshLeigh's avatar

;) Haha.
That, or someone was making fun of my voice, and deserved it… One of the two.

FutureMemory's avatar

No apology needed, Aug.

Coloma's avatar

Oh man..this one passed me by…but…there’s a few here who remember the party we had last year when I actually posted my phone number and a whole bunch of us jellies traded voices and voice mails for about an hour. Great fun! Coooloma I’‘ve got your number….lol
I don’t have any recordings online sooo, the few that talked with me will have to share their perceptions of my voice.

Lets just say I’m not shy, have no discernible accent that I’m aware of and am definitely “bubbley.” lol

AshLeigh's avatar

You actually posted your phone number, @Coloma? That’s hilarious, I wish I had been there! XD

Coloma's avatar

@AshLeigh Yes, it was great! Bold and in the moment for sure. haha

AshLeigh's avatar

@Coloma I’m jealous. I frikkin’ missed it! Hah.

rooeytoo's avatar

@Coloma – comeon, that was then, this is now, get onto the recording site and record, I want to see if you really do lol as much as you claim you do!!! :-)

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

@AshLeigh Indeed she did. I called her. It was a thrill to have a quick conversation with The Goose Lady.
@rooeytoo I agree. Coloma needs to record her voice for us. It’s lovely.

jca's avatar

I think audioboo would be a great way to record the voice of little relatives, such as my daughter :)

Bellatrix's avatar

That’s a lovely idea @jca. Great memories to keep too. You could use your phone for that too and perhaps store the recordings on your computer or burn them to disc.

jca's avatar

I feel like all who took part (and/or are taking part) in the accent challenge are friends who met up at an intimate party! Warm feelings all around!

augustlan's avatar

Group hug!

rooeytoo's avatar

@Dutchess_III – I couldn’t find Snakes in the Rain but that was funny when your pup chased it’s tail right off the porch!!!

Dutchess_III's avatar

:) It’s weird how dogs don’t understand that their tail is actually a part of them.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

I just happened across this question and enjoyed listening to everyone. I must say, though, hot frigging damn @flutherother. My goodness. <fans self> if you could just call me and read through a phone book or something, I’ll pay the international charges. I have a visual of a brawny mon, dressed in blue paint and nothing else… <fans self again> I’m sure that’s just an American stereotype of perfectly normal Scottish men, but if you could just take a picture of yourself in blue paint, and email it to me…......... ;)

augustlan's avatar

I love this thread. Just had to listen all over again!

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

There have been other “record your voice” threads in which Vocaroo was used, but apparently the Vocaroo recordings expire and disappear after a while. I like that the Audioboo recordings stay put.

28lorelei's avatar

Hmm, this would be interesting to do in another month and a half, as I’ve been living in London… I think my accent may have gotten a tint of British to it. They tell me it sounds vaguely American, but American in a European way…

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