Friday, March 30, 2012

In which I rant about accents

So if you follow me on Twitter, you may know some of this already. But I discovered this morning that it's really hard to write differing pronunciations of "France". So, at the request of Eileen, (and for Gina's benefit because she was the one I was trying to explain it to) here's a video. In which I sing stuff from Les Miserables. And impersonate American accents. And generally make a fool of myself.

YOU'RE WELCOME. (Also, thank you Youtube for another spectacularly flattering screenshot...) I apologise in advance for my weird facial expressions. I have no idea what was going on there...


Oh, and here's the awesome video I was talking about in the video. God, it's like Inception, but with Youtube...


Random sort-of subject change: Who's excited about the Les Miserables movie that's coming out at Christmas time??

K xx

17 comments:

  1. You do an astonishingly good American accent! And I think we probably have different ideas of what constitutes a "neutral" accent :)

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    1. Thank you!! I think the whole spending three and a half years of my childhood in Canada helps ;)

      It's true, we probably do. But considering the rest of the cast managed to not sound American, it was all the more infuriating that this one guy stood out so much...

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  2. Hahahahaha! You said "jaunt."

    For reals, though, this bugs my husband IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION. He's always like, "Ugh, I hate when I can TELL that somebody's British by the way they sing!!!" You know, unless it's Freddie Mercury or Angus Young or somebody. Then they get a free pass.

    Also, this is funny, because the 10th anniversary concert is the one that I've listened to fifteen millionty times, and the guy distinctly says "Frahnce" in that line. :)

    And I love when you vlog. And complain about people at the gym.

    :)

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    1. I use ridiculous words like 'jaunt' far more than I should, to be honest! Although in written format, I don't think it comes across quite so much...

      I think this whole vlog came across as kind of anti-American. I thought afterwards that I should have pointed out that someone sounding really really Australian in the same circumstances would piss me off just as much!

      I love it when YOU vlog. Clearly, we should both vlog more...

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  3. Impressive American Accent. I feel like you would be really amused by my voice. It's very... Chicago/New York/New Jersey esque.

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    1. Haha, thank you! I was just impressed that I managed to sing in tune while impersonating someone else's accent...

      And I seem to remember that the last time you vlogged, I loved your accent. Clearly, you should vlog again so that I can double check ;)

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  4. Awesome! Thanks for posting - I wish that all of my random desires could be so easily satisfied! I'm actually never saying France like an American again, because now it sounds crass to me. However, I will continue to say crass with a hard A, since you want that word to sound seven levels of horrible. You rock!

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    1. You're welcome! :) It makes me cringe when bogan Australians say "France" with a short A. You're right, it really does sound crass! I half thought about singing the entire verse from Les Mis (you know, "Will you give all you can give so that our banner may advance/Some will fall and some will live, will you stand up and take your chance?/The blood of the martyrs will water the meadows of France") because he said advance, chance and France in the same way, and HOLY HELL IT KILLED ME. But I couldn't bring myself to sing that much on video!

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  5. Awesome! Thanks for posting - I wish that all of my random desires could be so easily satisfied! I'm actually never saying France like an American again, because now it sounds crass to me. However, I will continue to say crass with a hard A, since you want that word to sound seven levels of horrible. You rock!

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  6. Okay, first of all the singing. Awesome. Secondly, is it bad that I find myself doing accents at work when I'm having trouble communicating with American customers? Should I force them to decipher my distinctly West Coast dialect?

    And don't even get me started with the crap that comes out of my mouth when I'm around the in laws!

    I love seeing your pretty face <3 vlog more xxoo

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    1. Thank you for validating my decision to publicly humiliate myself on the internet <3

      I tend to pick up on people's quirks when I'm around them all the time. Like my old housemate in Canberra made this little disgruntled snort sound when she didn't want to do something, and I've noticed myself doing that all the time. Apparently television is no exception - I now do Billie Piper's tongue-on-teeth-while-smiling thing. AWKWARD...

      You should also vlog more. Because of reasons.
      <3 xxxx

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  7. Clearly I have been saying "France" incorrectly my entire existence. Thanks for bringing my attention to this error. :P

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  8. Loved this vlog. Your singing, the accents - classic! It annoys me when Americans and Australians get the names of places in Fiji horribly, horribly wrong so I definitely get the whole 'France' thing :) More vlogs please! <3

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    1. One of my guilty pleasures is watching The Amazing Race and laughing at the mangled pronunciations that the teams come out with. I don't think they've been to Fiji. That's probably for the best!!

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  9. Not my experience, but my mother and sister saw The Lion King in London...their main comment 'Simba should not have a British accent!' would be hilarious I think.

    They also compared the Australian Mary Poppins to the British one and said that her accent wasn't strong enough.

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    1. Oh jeez, Simba should really not have a British accent! That's just weird...

      I have a similar problem when I watch Hollywood movies that are set in European countries and the actors all sound British. The biggest one was in Valkyrie. Set in Nazi Germany, but everyone sounds British. EXCEPT TOM CRUISE WHO STILL SOUNDED AMERICAN... *cringe*

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