Monday, December 04, 2006

My Voice

Well, here I am. Now that you've heard Susan's voice, now you can hear mine! Do I sound like you thought I would?

14 Comments:

Blogger Lydia said...

Hi Jessie! I enjoyed hearing your voice on Gabcast. I didn't even find it from your blog but rather directly on the Gabcast site. It was listed as one of the recently updated channels. I just thought you would like to know that there may be people listening to your voice who don't necessarily read your blog. :)

BTW, I have read your blog before. I think you may have commented once or twice on mine as well. I came over from Susan's blog.

Thanks for sharing your voice with all of us. I liked hearing your "British" and "Hick" accents too. How fun! And I can see why the pages from Dr. Seuss didn't seem to rhyme to you. :)

God bless,
Lydia H.

12/04/2006 1:30 PM  
Anonymous John Dekker said...

Wow! These things are great! I didn't manage to catch the British accent, but the Hick accent was quite clear. ;)

12/04/2006 4:05 PM  
Blogger Jessie said...

Thanks for your comments, y'all!

You're right, John, the British accent didn't quite come through over the cell phone I was using to record... and I could tell as I was doing it that I wasn't doing a very good job!! It's easier when I'm not thinking about it and just going along with it as I do the dishes or cook and things like that... oh well!

I wonder if it should be significant that my Hick voice is so easy to use?? ; )

12/04/2006 4:15 PM  
Anonymous John Dekker said...

Hey, I like your new pic! What are you reading?

12/04/2006 4:28 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

Hehe. That was so fun! Yours was more creative and exciting than mine :). I loved the little bit about "Hop on Pop." Silly Dr. Seuss was clearly not a Southerner ;). Most of the words you said in that list didn't sound weird to me. Does that mean I'm a closet Southerner??? *frightened look*

I like your new pic too!

12/04/2006 5:21 PM  
Blogger Jessie said...

Glad you all like the new picture. We were visitng friends in Pennsylvania when that was taken. I snatched up a short little story called Side by Side by Isabella "Pansy" Alden, and read it within a few minutes-- soaking up the warm sunshine from the window in the meantime : )

And Susan, dear, it's okay to be a Southerner. You don't have to hide anymore. After all, you do live in "Jaw-gia!" The one word in my list that people give me the most grief over is "kebnit," aka "cabinet." I think it's a fairly local term, though I may be wrong in that assumption.

12/04/2006 5:53 PM  
Anonymous Ashley said...

You sound so much like Susan! I enjoyed listening to your voice. :-) My husband thinks we are all weird. Hehe

12/04/2006 6:59 PM  
Blogger Lydia said...

LOL! "Kebnit" for cabinet. The real question is how do you pronounce "jewelry?" I used to have the hardest time saying that word. Even now I don't think I say it quite right. It is something like, "JOOHL-ree." I don't pronounce the full root word "jewel" when I say it. I think everyone has their little idiosyncrasies when it comes to language. Even if you do have a an indistinct accent, there are probably a few words that are different than the norm for your region. My mom and I were comparing how we pronounce the words "pen" and "pin" differently from each other. I say both words exactly the same while she emphasizes the short E sound in "pen." It is probably more correct the way she does it, but oh well I guess I am weird. :)

I think close-knit homeschooling families are more likely to talk in similar ways as each other. I would venture because we are around each other so much and pick up on each other's speech patterns. Once when I spent about two weeks in Florida away from my family I began to talk like the folks down there. It was so weird! Thankfully, the odd accent I had picked up didn't stick long-term. :)

That is interesting how Ashley thought you and Susan sounded alike because I thought the same thing. Not exactly alike but very similar and much more than I would have guessed without hearing either of you speak before.

This has been so much fun to hear everyone's different voices. We should all try the Gabcast more often for a post.

12/04/2006 10:46 PM  
Blogger une_fille_d'Ève said...

Very fun, Jessie! I really enjoyed that! What a neat idea to add in how you pronounce certain words.
I didn't really catch the British accent either. Hick is so much easier for me as well. :-) And I agree, I find it much easier to do British when I'm doing something else, not when I'm concentrating on just talking in a British accent. Isn't that interesting? :-)
And you did sound a lot like Susan on the recording, at certain times especially! That was really funny.
I like you new pic as well. I saw it and was thinking, "Is that new? I feel like it is, but then I also feel like I've seen it before." After you explained what it was from, I remembered that I had looked at the pictures from your family's online photo album and seen it there.

12/05/2006 8:04 AM  
Anonymous Amy said...

Great recording! I didn't quite catch the British accent. But your Southern hick accent sounded great. I'll have to ask Katie to do hers when we come down in May! :) The whole recording sounded a lot like you though. I especially liked "goin' out to feed the chikkens".
Hey, thanks for saying what you were reading in that picture. I figured it was one of our books, but I couldn't see which one!

12/05/2006 11:00 AM  
Blogger Susan said...

I've heard of the Pansy books. It looks to me like you're reading my mass-market copy of the WCF, Jessie. Hehe.

*breathes deeply* Okay, I'll try to reconcile myself to possibly having picked up a few Southern habits. I have lived 22 years, 4 months in the South, as opposed to only 4 months in the North, so I suppose it's rather inevitable ;-).

When I met Jessie in person, I didn't think our voices sounded alike, but after I listened to my recording and then hers, I heard a few similarities, so that's funny that you noticed as well, Lydia and Ashley!

12/05/2006 11:43 AM  
Blogger Jessie said...

It is funny that y'all are saying Susan and I sound alike. I went back to listen today, and there is definitely a similarity in tone. But I didn't notice it in the least when we met in person!
I think the main difference between our voices is in our inflections, as well as enunciation. In person I could tell Susan's speech was much more distinct than mine, and she pronounced "get," "pen," "end," "ten," etc. perfectly : )

Yes Lydia, my dear old kitchen "kebnits." Even where I live most people say "kabnits." I've only heard a few other people besides my family say it in two syllables with a short "e."!
Other words I didn't mention that I don't say "properly" are poem (poy'm), toboggan (TOW-boggin), vehicle (everyone knows how southerners say that!), theater (ditto that last explanation). I've noticed that in all of the words I've mentioned, either here or on my recording, if they are pronounced incorrectly, the accent is always given to the first syllable. *hmm* The other word that's definitely southern in my vocabulary is the word you use to describe that cute little baby getting his bath- "NEK-kid." : )

12/05/2006 10:36 PM  
Blogger Jessie said...

Oh and Hannah- you have a good memory! Yes, I just stole that picture off our family website since it was so easy to do : )
I'm glad you understand about the British accent. I'm really not surprised that you might fake one like I do!

Amy, (thanks for your comment!) what's funny is that the easiest way for me to actually do the British accent is to pronounce everything very clearly. I really tried hard to say "Emma" with a clear short e instead of saying "Imma" like I normally do. Same for "Since and Since-ability"! So you really just heard proper English, and I should've chosen something else for my example of British English : ) oh well.
Thanks for letting me read your books by the way!

Susan, it could have been the WCF, but I read that in our big hardcopy edition : ) Nice guess anyway!

12/05/2006 10:41 PM  
Blogger Robert said...

I haven't been reading your blog too long but your voice was a little higher sounding that I would've thought.I liked yout "hick " accent.Hearing these voices for the first time is like seeing a person from the radio for the first time: they usually are not the way you pictured them.

12/06/2006 7:12 AM  

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