Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Sharing Accents Around the World

Inspired by Jasmine's and Felicia's videos showcasing their Australian and Canadian accents, I give you a homemade video that turned out way too long but was very fun to make.

Feel free to share your own!  I'd love to hear.  :)
By the way, I realize now that I didn't spend much time holding up the word cards with the extra things written on them.  On the New Orleans card, I told you that my friend Sarah Becker (photographer extraordinaire) lives there.  For Theatre, I went on a bit about the spellings being different and how here I only use "theatre" to refer specifically to the stage.  On Alabama, I had "Roll Tide," "Leprechauns," and "War Eagle."  Tada!
Here's the reading material: 

35 Words:
Aunt, roof, 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, orange, coffee, direction, naturally, aluminum, herbs.

Leading questions:
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?

Please call Stella. Ask her to bring these things with her from the store: six spoons of fresh snow peas, five thick slabs of blue cheese, and maybe a snack for her brother Bob. We also need a small plastic snake and a big toy for the kids. She can scoop these things into three red bags and we will go meet her Wednesday at the train station.


  1. I like this. I'm a linguistics nerd too! I think we speak almost exactly the same way. Except I call a buggy, a cart and soda, pop :) I have a friend from New Zealand and they call underwear "pants" which I think is fantastic!

  2. I know I emailed you about this, but I love this! I also really love your southern accent, it's so lyrical.

    x Jasmine

    PS. We call underwear 'underpants'.

    1. I never call them this, but I like "knickers." :P


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