I first saw the accent meme/vlog/thing on Rainy Saturday and Tigerlilly Quinn earlier this year, and was really interested to hear the voices of people whose words I read regularly. Then this week Molly at These Little Moments did it too, and I started to think about jumping on the bandwagon and releasing my accent on the unsuspecting blog community. And then the following day Holly at Nothing But Bonfires posted hers, so I saw that as the final sign that I should be hopping on.
I’ve never done a vlog before (which to me sounds like it’s something Aleksandr Orlov would say) and any videos I’ve posted on this site have tended to be random things like monkeys in doll masks or Bonnie Tyler wafting around a school scaring young boys. Seeing myself speaking for seven minutes is strange. It’s always odd to hear your voice, as it sounds so different to how it runs in the soundtrack of your head (apparently something to do with sound being distorted in the ear canal). I have a deeper voice in real life than in my private version. As I’m not in the habit of filming myself, I’ve also not noticed before how much I nod my head and use my eyebrows when I talk. It’s a little disconcerting to watch. Also, for some reason known only to Vimeo, it decided that the frame it would use as the still for the video is when I have my eyes closed, so I look a tad weird, and just like my old French teacher who spent most of her time with her eyes shut in an exaggerated manner. (It was always hard to concentrate on learning about the subjunctive because we were so mesmerised by her eyes.) Sadly my video editing skills are non existent so I will just have to stay looking odd.
(Update: I realised I could change this, hurrah! Now I look a bit more awake.)
The quality’s of the video not amazing (I just used my little point-and-shoot camera, balanced on a stack of books and, non-glamorously, a toilet roll) but I hope you enjoy, if only for the varied selection of hats in the background.
As a random aside, the wallpaper you can also see behind me was one of the latest DIY things we did and took many, many hours, arguments and buckets of paste to apply.
So you can play along and do your own version of the meme, this is what you have to do:
Say the following words:
Aunt, route, wash, oil, theatre, 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.
And answer the following questions:
What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?
What is the bug that curls into a ball when you touch it?
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 use to change the TV channel?
Let me know if you do one yourself as I’d love to hear more of the voices of the bloggers I read.