Blog Voices Project

The blog voices project is doing the rounds of the sewing community and I thought I’d make a contribution so you can decide how successfully I’ve clung to my Aussie accent after 12 years in London.

I was born in Perth and have Italian-born parents but as they moved to Oz when they were very small children, I don’t really think their background has any impact on their, or my accent. The the years I’ve spent living in the UK and the fact that I’ve been an English language teacher for the past 15 years might have flattened my accent out a bit but I’ll let you judge for yourselves.

I’m not sure if it comes across, but RocknRoll growls at me when I go to stroke him. Bad cat. What an utter, utter grump.

List of Words:
Aunt, Route, Wash, Oil, Theater (or “theatre” just to satisfy the pedant in me), 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?

This project put me in mind of the BBC Voices project from a couple of years back. This link will take you to the UK version, lots of little clips arranged on a map and really quite cool. Also very useful when teaching, I think I’ve set a lot of homework based on this!

The lovely Leila of ThreeDressesProject  has a list of links of other sewists who’ve joined in. It’s actually really nice to hear the voices of these people I’ve been interacting with on here and I hope more people add to this.

Gatto non grata and massive grouch.

Gatto non grata and massive grouch.


About Vanessa

Sewing and assorted nonsense. For reasons that escape me, I left the sunshine and beaches of Australia for the crisps and glitter of London in 2001. I now live in the middle of some kind of feline drop-in centre in East London battling for space to make costumes and clothes. Over on twitter and instagram as @smittenness Email over here ------>
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13 Responses to Blog Voices Project

  1. Leila says:

    I love hearing your voice. There’s something a lot more personal about seeing you and hearing you. It’s just great. My parents are Nono and Nona to my kids but that’s because of some amount of Italian influence on the region of Colombia my dad is from. Not all regions of Colombia use Nono/a. And I still hear a bit of your Aussie accent. I’m so glad you posted!!

    • smittenness says:

      I had no idea you were born in Colombia! It’s been really sweet hearing the voices of all these people I chat to online, you’re right, it’s a lot more personal. Thanks for bringing this thing to my attention x

      • Leila says:

        My husband looks more typical Colombian but he’s from the U.S. It always shocks people who expect me to only speak English. 🙂

        I’m so glad you joined in.

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  3. sewexhausted says:

    Very nice! Thanks for sharing your voice and the BBC Voices project. It IS fun to hear everyone we have been interacting with. 😀 ~Laurie

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  5. EmSewCrazy says:

    Just found you through this Voice thing and I’ll be back to read more! You have a lovely voice and say lots of things differently than I do so it was great fun to watch!

    • smittenness says:

      Thanks, just listened to your upload. You look uncannily like a friend of mine so it was odd hearing your US accent and expecting to hear my friend’s Oz one. Your blog posts are really interesting to read and that sleeves/shorts refashion is so creative!

  6. Gjeometry says:

    Hee, what a fun project! So nice to hear your voice and to see you! And your kitty, SO CUTE!! Please stop bother him for goodness sake!!!

    • smittenness says:

      Did you hear the little blighter growl at me? What a pest! I’ll stop bothering him when he stops bullying me!! (I love him really, we just drive each other a bit nuts)

      • Gjeometry says:

        It’s funny because Kitty, although he is such a Super Sewing Hero on my blog, really likes to get his own way in many situations, as well. They are cats. It’s why we love them. 🙂

      • smittenness says:

        RocknRoll is a very conflicted cat. He follows me round all the time and is always just out of shot in my blog pics!

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