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.