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How would you describe your voice (accent, maybe)?

Asked by Jude (32134points) August 21st, 2010

I’ve been told by many that they love my speaking voice (a bit lower, feminine/softer). Especially, my SOs. Even though I am Canadian, you can barely hear an accent, according to my American chums.

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lucillelucillelucille's avatar

Mid to low-toned,commanding and downright dangerous XD

Mephistopheles's avatar

I like to imagine that I sound like Alec Baldwin, but my voice is actually quite odd. It’s usually reasonably low (I sing bass), but when I get excited it tends to jump a few octaves and become quite nasal, which I imagine is pretty annoying.

I used to have a hybrid french/english accent (foreign dad), but mercifully that’s disappeared.

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

Nothing too fancy here. Mid to slightly high pitched. I usually speak a bit on the quiet side. Where I’m from is widely considered one of the most neutral in terms of American accents. So in other words, pretty boring.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

My voice is a little lower than most females, I think. It’s not even though, it wavers. I like to say it sounds like a squashed frog. My accent has been pointed out to me for years even when I don’t think I have one, it’s a New Mexico affectation and as an adult then I can actually pick it up in strangers, I notice it now.

Vunessuh's avatar

I don’t really know how to describe my voice other than you can definitely tell it’s female, however it’s not as high-pitched as people initially think it will be just by looking at me. It’s a little lower and I think kind of scratchy. But still totally, totally sexy. Just ask @lucillelucillelucille. :D

nailpolishfanatic's avatar

I talk really loud!
In my last school the girls heard me singing and thought I sounded like Rihanna.
I have a really big voice, boy-ish I think.
I have an african-zambian-accent.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

Vunessuh’s voice is mid to low-toned,commanding and downright dangerous…
Except when she is hammered…it then sounds like Brad Pitt in the movie “Snatch”alittle disturbing at first,but you get used to it ;)
Here’s a sample

J0E's avatar

I have a deep voice, with some midwest slang. I get the “I’ve never heard it called that before” a lot. Oh, and I pronounce “been” as “bean”.

Odysseus's avatar

Soft Scottish with a little bit of that awful Aussie/USA uptalk developing.
Kinda like Ewan Mcgregor if you can imagine him in OZ having a spliff.
(i dont smoke btw, just highlighting the deliberation((slowness)) in my talk compared to other Scots.)

ChocolateReigns's avatar

I’m really loud! I have a Minnesota accent. Swedish type thing. Oh ya, you betchya.

downtide's avatar

I have a fairly nondescript English accent, so non-descript that only one person in 43 years has ever identified where I come from based on my accent (and even then, they were 40 miles out). I live in north-west England now and most people here think I talk very posh.

NinjaBiscuit's avatar

I talk really fast, and a good mix between normal and feminine, but I tend to have just a tiny hint of a southern draw. I think the southern draw comes in with more of the words I use ‘dadgum, ain’t, yonder, fer (instead of for).’ But being from Texas that tends to be a given. =)

Coloma's avatar

@lucillelucillelucille

Love it! lol

I have a deeper voice, kinda sultry I have been told.
Strong projection, pronunciation, and a rather literary lilt, flair.

Not loud persey, but clear, direct, and exuding of strength, articulation and confidence.

I would make a great radio personality or narrator. lol

BoBo1946's avatar

Somewhere between PeeWee Herman and John Wayne!

ducky_dnl's avatar

It’s pretty much southern. :)

Coloma's avatar

@BoBo1946

That is hard to ‘hear’. lol

Do you need hormones? hahaha

MacBean's avatar

Outside of NY, people know I’m from NY. In NY, people wonder where those little bits of Boston and Maine came from.

Aster's avatar

I think it’s a little low for a female and a very faint NJ/Tx accent I’ve been told. Not loud, not quiet.

BoBo1946's avatar

loll.. actually, very Southern!

Jude's avatar

Drunken jjmah (warning! trucker mouth here. Really bad). It’s my g/f and I in Detroit after coming out of a pub. I am the one behind the camera slurring her speech and being all obnoxious. This is drunken voice Jjmah.;

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

I’m not sure.

Seek's avatar

Fairly high-pitched, I think, unless I’m trying to not sound like a 12 year old.

Vocal – that is, what most people would inaccurately call “nasal” – I can hold my nose and talk, and sound almost exactly the same.

I have a generic American accent with no real regional inflection, though I do have a tendency to accidentally reflect the accent of the people around me, particularly if I’m in the minority or if they’re from New York (I lived the first 10 years of my life on Staten Island and that was my first accent).

plethora's avatar

Low and smooth with a noticeable, but mild, southern accent. Over the years, I have culled the obnoxious aspects of the southern accent. Have been told more than once that it’s a great voice for radio. (Not what I do).

Frenchfry's avatar

I have a soft little girl’s voice. Sometimes I am told when I am answering the phone.Can I speak to your mother?

aprilsimnel's avatar

Here’s what I sound like. Click on the black bar near the top of the page.

marinelife's avatar

@aprilsimnel Very nice voice!

I will repeat what the people of Memphis Tennessee said about our family, “Hey, y’all talk just like those people on TV.”

Jude's avatar

Here I am

kenmc's avatar

Umm… I was once told by my cousin who was raised in the south that I straight up don’t have an accent. No northern, no mid-west, no nothing.

The mannor in which I speak is generally quiet and I try to say 2 different things at once more than I should so I mumble and mush-mouth.

muppetish's avatar

The accent portion of this questions fascinates as I never considered the idea that I may have an accent at all. Then I watched a number of YouTube videos of various users attempting a “Californian Accent” (some of them could easily pass as natives, others employed the stereotypical, exaggerated Valley Girl way of speaking.) I suppose then that I do have an accent. Everyone does.

My voice itself… somewhere just above mid-range. I can use higher tones, but try not to. I can pass for a bit younger than I am. I like toying with my voice, though. I enjoy toying with my voice a good deal. I’m studying accents as a side-project and collecting interesting voices to work :) This question is definitely of interest to me as a result.

gottatrythis1942's avatar

I’M A WEIRD ONE. I SPEAK SPANISH WITH NO ACCENT & I SPEAK ENGLISH WITH NO ACCENT. I READ & WRITE BOTH

Austinlad's avatar

I grew up in Texas but never thought I had a Texas accent until two things happened. One, I took a speech course my first year in college and heard/learned just how Texas I sounded (dropping g’s, for example). Then I went to New York and got teased for 10 years. Some acting courses helped, but after I moved back to Texas, I fell right back in my old ways. I don’t drawl too badly, though. And my voice must be decent (baritone) because I’ve been doing voice work for commercials and Web content for years.

BoBo1946's avatar

@aprilsimnel your voice about meeting at the train station?

TexasDude's avatar

I talk fast and my voice is deep, but it sometimes gets rather high pitched when I’m excited.

I definitely have a detectable southern drawl, and I tend to leave off the last syllable of the last word in my sentences, and sometimes I leave off the syllables arbitrarily. For instance, I pronounce “grandaddy” as “granddae.”

I also say my “long I” sounds like short a sounds. For example “Mahhhk” instead of “Mike.”

tinyfaery's avatar

Middle to low range (for a female) voice. Non-regional dialect—like any U.S. national news reporter. I don’t know. How would you describe it, @jjmah?

Facade's avatar

This is a tough one…
Definitely feminine
No Southern, Northern, etc. (American) accent
Not loud, but finally audible
And apparently, one very nice jelly thinks it’s like “honey.” I’ll take it =)
Depending on my mood, my voice can get higher or lower in pitch if I’m excited or pissed off, respectively.

ratboy's avatar

Imagine Darth Vader with terminal laryngitis.

aprilsimnel's avatar

@BoBo1946 – Yeah, that’s me! There’s a site called The Speech Accent Archive from George Mason University. They accept people’s recordings of themselves saying this paragraph:

Please call Stella. Ask her to bring these things with her from the store: Six spoons of fresh snow peas, five thick slabs of blue cheese, and maybe a snack for her brother Bob. We also need a small plastic snake and a big toy frog for the kids. She can scoop these things into three red bags, and we will go meet her Wednesday at the train station.

So I said it. I haven’t submitted mine because I think they’re looking for people with distinctive regional accents, and I don’t have one.

TexasDude's avatar

@aprilsimnel, hold up… I’m going to record myself saying that paragraph and put it on youtube as a better answer for this question…

Austinlad's avatar

When I was first living in NY, the newspaper I worked for (New York Herald Tribune) ran a radio ad campaign featuring brief employee testimonials about why they chose to work for the paper. Being from out of town, I was chosen to do one of the commercials. Most of you will not know or remember Bob and Ray—they were a famous comedy team (the comic actor Chris Elliott is the son of Bob Elliott) who at the time had a radio series running in NY—and my commercial ran on one of their shows. According to co-workers who heard it (I didn’t get to), the team made fun of my Texas accent. Dubious honor, right?

Jude's avatar

@Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard @aprilsimnel I’m going to give it a shot, as well.

ZEPHYRA's avatar

Foghorn Leghorn, maybe a touch of Fran Fine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(voice, I mean)

Jude's avatar

Is there anywhere online where you can record your voice (for free) and not get the annoying spam that I got above.

TexasDude's avatar

Alright, here is my Please Call Stella video demonstrating my accent. Let me know if it works….

kenmc's avatar

I’m kind of a goon and haven’t showered yet, but here it is.

Keep in mind, I don’t read out loud very well.

TexasDude's avatar

@boots I have never heard anyone with an accent like yours. It’s kind of neat.

kenmc's avatar

@Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard Thanks? Yours is thicker than holy hell.

TexasDude's avatar

@boots, haha, I know! And yeah, it was a compliment. You should read audio books or narrate documentaries.

DominicX's avatar

It’s hard to describe, but it’s not exactly the deepest or most manly sounding voice. When I was little, I really did sound like a little high-voiced girl. I had the highest voice ever and everybody knew me for not only being the shortest kid in the school, but also having the highest voice out of the guys. My voice now is just a deeper version of that voice. And I’ve never thought of myself as having an accent.

Here’s a very recent video of me where you can hear my voice (we were talking about a puzzle where you had to fit all these little pieces in the right spot and no one could solve it but the guy filming the video). :P

I’ve had people online tell me I sound “Californian”. I’m not sure exactly what that means, but…do I? Do I sound “gay”? :)

TexasDude's avatar

@DominicX, you actually sound just like one of my good friends. I did a double take when your video started to see if it was really him.

kenmc's avatar

@DominicX You do sound Californian but you do not have a stereotype for a voice.

DominicX's avatar

@boots

A common feature of the “California accent” is a high-degree of “fronting” vowels and unrounding certain vowels. My Russian cousin insists I pronounce the “oo” sound almost like “ew” like “trewth” or something like that. :P

Seek's avatar

Ooh, fun!

Here‘s my “Please call Stella” video.

Ignore the boxes, we’re getting ready to move.

TexasDude's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr, aww, your accent is cute!

kenmc's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr So… Many… Boxes…

aprilsimnel's avatar

@DominicX, you don’t have the stereotypical lisp-y, high-pitched “gay” voice that I hear a lot in NY. You sound like a non-Valley Southern California teenager in that video.

At one time, I had a half French/half American friend whose dad was from Laguna Beach. She spent her summers in the US and her school terms in Paris. She had the most naturally laid back way of speaking I ever heard, even more than Jeff Spicoli. I always wondered if her classmates in France struggled with talking to her.

aprilsimnel's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr – So are you somewhere in the Southern Illinois/Indiana/Missouri area? I hear some Southern elements, but it’s not like Fiddle’s accent.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard @boots So cute, you guys.
I have a slight Russian accent and I speak loudly and without pauses.
Maybe I’ll record myself doing the Stella thing later which sounds dirty.

Jude's avatar

@DominicX You don’t sound gay.

TexasDude's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir, I won’t give you your treat later if you don’t~

Jude's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir Yes, you have a Russian accent for sure and I agree with the loud/no pause.

Jude's avatar

I have Nikki’s Mac here and for the life of me, I can’t figure out where the webcam controls are. Anyone know?

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard Oh all right but I’m doing it on my cell and I’m tired and unshowered…@jjmah – did we talk and I didn’t pay attention?

Jude's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir From your videos on Facebook. :)

Facade's avatar

How do you record your voice without doing a video?
@jjmah You can probably do it in photobooth
@DominicX You sound like every other teenaged white guy I know lol

Jude's avatar

@tinyfaery I agree with what you said above. :)

Allie's avatar

I’ve been told I have a very California way of speaking. The only “California accent” I can think of is a valley girl accent, but I don’t think I speak that way. Sometimes I do drag my vowels out as quite a few people have pointed out (it’s mostly you East coasters that have mentioned this).
Personally, I think I have a pretty typical way of speaking, maybe with a slight California sound to it… I suppose. =]

Woot! I’m the “other jelly” in @J0E‘s post! PS- He TOTALLY cut and copied the “interview” from when we were on RAR and I was asking trivia questions. PSS- At the end… I’m talking about cigarettes.

Seek's avatar

@aprilsimnel

Interesting you should say that…

I live in Florida, originally from New York, but my husband is from Southern Illinois.

I guess it’s that absorbing accents thing again. ^_^

kenmc's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir Ok, that was pretty adorable.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@boots ok, you can call me adorable but only because we go way back

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@jjmah Oh yeah, being a huge tired dork is real sexy

kenmc's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir Hey, I’m just calling it like I see it.

Jude's avatar

^^ I am, as well.

Allie's avatar

I’m going to take a stab at this Stella thing….

aprilsimnel's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir – That was adorbs.

The paragraph’s purpose is just to get in as many diphthongs, consonants and vowels as used in English in one place as possible. The site itself is fascinating listening. I could listen to the Scottish dudes talking all day.

JeanPaulSartre's avatar

More or less like this.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@JeanPaulSartre I’ve got the hots for you.

JLeslie's avatar

When I am with my parents I am very NYC. When I am in the south I throw in a few y’alls and have a little southern. When I am in the Midwest I pick up that ou emphasis pretty easily, a little more nasal and call soda, pop. I guess my truest accent is a not very extreme NY accent. But the other accents are not faking it, it is just adjusting to the environment and community around me. Also, my husband accuses me of talking too loud sometimes.

Allie's avatar

Ok, here it is. I’m not sure what happened at the end, but it got cut off a bit. I don’t think I know what a “train sta..” is.

Aster's avatar

I didn’t detect any accents but all of you looked adorable – like my wittle daughters! So sweet ! haven’t heard any guys yet
Allie, you are so cute (-:

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

@the100thmonkey Gracious…that was sexy.

Jude's avatar

I have it on the Mac (with Garageband). I just don’t know how to upload to the web.

Allie's avatar

@jjmah I recorded with Photobooth, dragged the video to the desktop, then uploaded to YouTube.

DominicX's avatar

@jjmah I didn’t think so either. :P

@aprilsimnel That’s funny because I’m Nor-Cal all the way (well, sort of, lived in Nevada for the first 11 years of my lifeā€¦)

@Facade I’ll take that as a compliment. :P

BoBo1946's avatar

my voice goes yah yah yah yah yah yah yah yah yah &yah!

Jude's avatar

Here

lol, i give up.

aprilsimnel's avatar

@BoBo1946 – Are you Paul McCartney, by any chance?

@jjmah – Awwww, so gentle!

plethora's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr You have a great voice and I love the accent..:)

Nially_Bob's avatar

I was clearly raised in England but many people struggle to place where exactly (Coventry in the west midlands for those who would know). I have a deep voice, slight drawl, an almost negligible hint of Irish and have been told that I sound like “someone from a rough city who surrounded himself with posh kids”.

kenmc's avatar

@Nially_Bob I always thought you were from Scotland…

Nially_Bob's avatar

@boots I’ve lived in Scotland for two years but was originally born in Northern Ireland then raised in England from a young age. Sorry to cause you any confusion :)

perspicacious's avatar

I recently asked someone and they said I had a southern accent, but not stupid southern. Well, I’m relieved!

FireMadeFlesh's avatar

I have an Australian accent. The pitch, and to a lesser extent the tone, of my voice changes depending on the weather and what I’ve had to drink, so I really can’t give a better description.

the100thmonkey's avatar

@aprilsimnel: spot on!

Which part?

@Pied_Pfeffer: Thank you! I wish I could say that it wasn’t something as natural as speaking (to me, anyway) :)

aprilsimnel's avatar

Aw, @the100thmonkey, I dinna ken, lad! Leith Docks? No? Uh, Newington? I’m just guessing. I have a couple of friends here from Edinburgh, but I don’t know which side of town or suburb they’re from.

I can only tell generally between different areas of the country. Glasgow’s a bit flatter. Aberdeen people sort of slur their words together. And the only example I’ve heard of Inverness is the new companion on Doctor Who, and she sounds quite posh, so I don’t know if that’s representative.

Jude's avatar

Could you guys hear it?

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@jjmah I can’t get it without signing up for things. You should just call me.

Jude's avatar

Right now, I am feeling no pain after a few adult beverages. I may end up talking sweet nothings in your ear..

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@jjmah so? you say that like it’s a bad thing.

Jude's avatar

It’s a wonderful thing..

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@jjmah I’ll pm you my number.

Seek's avatar

I think I’m in love with @the100thmonkey . Dreamy voice, that.

@boots – And those are just the books!

@plethora * blush * Thank you.

@Simone_De_Beauvoir – Your voice is gorgeous. Seriously. And I loved the gag at Blue Cheese. Yuck.

MissA's avatar

If I don’t acquire that sweet, southern accent in another 20 years, I may think about moving!

The first time I called someone ‘Sweetie’, as soon as it came out, I just stopped. I couldn’t believe that word came out of me!

Now, it’s old hat. But, I still have my regular, low, soft voice…at least that’s what I’m told. No accent. When female natives speak here, they talk so sweetly that they could get by with saying almost anything.

Facade's avatar

OK, Here’s me
I have a cold/sinus thing, so I’m kinda nasally-sounding :P

Seek's avatar

@MissA

When I worked as a secretary/receptionist for the County, I would fake that “Southern Belle” accent whenever I had to reschedule an important meeting, or deal with an angry customer. People respond so much more pleasantly to that voice!

Seek's avatar

@Facade You have a beautiful voice! And completely generic. I want to say… East coast, but not Northeast.

Jude's avatar

Crap. I wish that I could make it work without having people to register for stupid shit. I sound pretty hot according to my better half. She said that when she’s done writing her book, she wants to record me reading it. :)

Seek's avatar

@jjmah

I even registered and downloaded, and it came out as a gagillion files, none of which were readable by my computer. Strange haps, yo.

Seek's avatar

@ratboy

Did you work in Public Speaking?

You sound just like my father in law – he was a union representative, and to this day he has this great raspy voice as a side effect of a lifetime of making public speeches.

Facade's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr Thanks =) I’m not sure I know what East coast people sound like, but I guess that’s because I’ve lived here forever

MissA's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr But, how could speak smoothly with your tongue so far into your cheek!

J0E's avatar

I finally caved and recorded the Stella thing too, here you go.

Seek's avatar

@jjmah Wow. What a gorgeous voice! Yes, you should be doing audiobooks. Definitely.

Jude's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr Thanks! Can you hear a Canadian accent?

Seek's avatar

@jjmah To be honest, I have no idea what a Canadian accent sounds like. ^_^

kenmc's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr To sum it up on so many words, a Canadian accent is: Out=oot.

And I didn’t hear one.

Aethelwine's avatar

I was always complimented on my voice when I worked as a corporate travel agent. I guess it’s a mix of sweet and sexy. so they say

My husband keeps begging me to do his radio show with him, but I’m too shy.

@jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities I’ve heard it, and it’s not boring!

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr I love blue cheese, actually but as a vegan I don’t consume it.

BoBo1946's avatar

Loll..the responses to this question proves people really like the sound of their own voice! some more than others!

@aprilsimnel I wish my friend.

stardust's avatar

My accent is a relatively neutral Irish one. Sometimes it’s soft, sometimes it’s not.
It’s fun when its husky after a flu. Otherwise, I don’t pay too much attention.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

@stardust Will you record it for us?

BoBo1946's avatar

@stardust “The Irish Eyes Are Smiling” today upon you. Enjoy this. One for the Irish.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AY7a_q1-v3s&feature=related

Aster's avatar

@J0E and @boots No accents!! I cannot hear any accents.)-:

stardust's avatar

@BoBo1946 I haven’t heard this for years! :)

J0E's avatar

@Aster Having no accent is our accent.

Jude's avatar

@J0E I can hear a bit of a Michigan accent. :)

Allie's avatar

@J0E has a little bit of an accent, but I don’t hear it as much in @boots. Interesting.

OpryLeigh's avatar

English with a soft west country (Somerset) twang.

Jude's avatar

@Leanne1986 Sounds lovely. :)

OpryLeigh's avatar

@jjmah I like having a slight twang to my voice but I am pleased to say that my Somerset accent isn’t as strong as some of my friends. You lived over here for a while right? You must have heard people making fun of the Somerset accent?!

Jude's avatar

@Leanne1986 Alas, I am a Canuck (Canadian).

Just your description sounded lovely.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

@jjmah That is the most wonderful and precious thing I’ve ever seen on Fluther. Thank you so much for doing it and sharing.

Aster's avatar

@jjmah ooooohhhh she is such a sweetheart !!!

tragiclikebowie's avatar

Nevermind it didnt work. I’ll try again later.

Mama_Cakes2's avatar

jjmah here. Here is an old video (well, 2 years old). Can you hear the Canadian accent?

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