Lady Katza has revived the Blog Voices vlog meme and I’m all to eager to hear everyone’s accents and ways of saying different words.
Here’s the list of words and some questions I answered to give you a sense of where I’m from:
List of Words:
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, Pajamas, Caught
List of Questions:
What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?
What is the bug that when you touch it, 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?
Some of you know I was born and raised in Colombia, South America. I went to an international schools and learned English from my American, British and Canadian teachers as well as from my American mother, who grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her mother was from the south but did everything in her power to hide her accent so my mom is mostly unaccented.
My dad grew up in Colombia and as I mention in the video had a Bostonian accent for a while though I don’t think he kept it. Or at least it doesn’t sound that strong to me. He has a bit of an accent but nothing you can’t understand.
I had an accent when we moved to the U.S. in 1992. I’d say “the” as “da” and other more stereotypical things like my vowels were spoken in Spanish even with words in English. Now I only get an accent when I’m super tired or really sick.
Most of my time in the U.S. has been spent in California but I’ve also lived in Oregon, Chicago, Vermont and now Indiana. I was in Australia for 4-5 months (Brisbane) and I picked up things like “bin” and learned to love Vegemite and Anzacs so I guess I’m adaptable. But basically, I don’t feel like I have an identifiable accent. Wouldn’t you agree?
Go listen to other sewcialists voices
Annette Tirette in Dutch!