You all asked a bunch of awesome questions on last week’s post, and in the attempt to answer them all as thoroughly as possible without having a two-thousand word post, I’ve decided to split my answers up into three posts: 1. The Accent Project, 2. Homeschooling (since the majority of your questions fell into this category), and 3. The Rest.
The Accent Project was requested by Val, and it was the one I least looked forward to answering because it required me to video myself, and there is nothing I despise more than seeing myself on camera.
Seriously – I am the most unvideogenic person on the face of the planet.
Plus, I don’t have a webcam, so I can’t see how horrific my mannerisms are while taping so that I can correct them.
But, being the complete wuss creative person that I am, I found a way around my fears…
Part One: The Accent Project
First, Val’s question:
Val – There is a list of words circulating the blogosphere that bloggers read on a video so their readers can get an idea of their accents, how they say certain words and what they call certain things. It’s been neat to get to know some bloggers a little better. Being a California girl, I love hearing southern accents and would LOVE to hear what your accent sounds like. Here is a link to an example of one that I watched. What do you think? Will you do a video for us?
Why yes, Val, I will! It really does sound like a fascinating experiment, despite my aversions to seeing how painfully-slow and awkward I blink.
Here are a list of the words and questions – these are apparently hand-picked to highlight accents from different regions:
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 (Val’s addition: “rather” (Per Val, “because my mom-in-law and I pronounce it so differently and she doesn’t hear it, kinda funny since she grew up in California with a father from Alabama and a mother from Boston, talk about a mix of accents”)
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?
And, so that I didn’t have to suffer through watching myself on camera, I decided to get Ali to help me with the project, which allows you to hear both of our accents!!
See? A TOTAL win/win!!
(Am I convincing you yet?)
(Ali’s been a bit video-shy lately as well, hence her quiet-and-giggly voice.)
So whaddya think? Do we sound as Southern as y’all thought we would?
Now I want to hear your accents as well! So if you want to make your version of the video and post it on your blog (or just post it in YouTube if you don’t have a blog), link it into the Mister Linky below. Maybe some of you will even be braver than me and actually show your face on camera!
Oh – and if you have more questions, feel free to ask them here or on the original post, and I’ll include them in part two and three of my answers.