Jan. 17th, 2011

Voice meme

Jan. 17th, 2011 12:46 pm
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[livejournal.com profile] penny_lane_42  did a voice meme where she read aloud a list of words with quite variable pronunciations. I thought it would be interesting to do the same - so I did. Unfortunately my microphone isn't good and my voice sounds muffled and staticky. I hope you can still make out what I'm saying here...

ETA: REDONE! CLICK  HERE INSTEAD!

Same crappy microphone but better recording software, converted to MP3.

I started out by reading the following list of words in my "normal" everyday accent...

Aunt, Route, Wash, Oil, Theater, Iron, Salmon, Caramel, Fire, Water, Sure, Data, Ruin, Crayon, Toilet, New Orleans, Pecan, Both, Again, Probably, Spitting Image, Alabama, Lawyer, Coupon, Mayonnaise, Syrup, Pyjamas, Caught, Orange, Coffee, Direction, Naturally, Aluminium and Herbs.

...and then saying them again in the accent I slip into when talking to my parents.

After that, I answered the following questions...

What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?
What is the bug that when you touch it, curls into a ball?
What is the bubbly carbonated drink called?
What do you call gym shoes?
What do you say to address a group of people?
What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped body and extremely long legs?
What do you call your grandparents?
What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket?
What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining?
What is the thing you change the TV channel with?

A few more things...

- Here's the wiki article on Sunshowers.
- When I describe my Pakistani accent, I say "My /a/s are longer, /k/s are less aspirated, and my /t/s sound more like /d/s."
- I just remembered - we called gym shoes "joggers" in Pakistan. I think my parents say "tennis shoes" these days. I say "sneakers", and my brother may say "trainers".

Here's the original muffled recording, for historical purposes.

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