How I Say It

I never knew what a vlog was, but then I went over to Sarah Learns and saw her post about doing an accent vlog, so I decided I’d give it a shot, too!

So here’s how it works. I’m supposed to record a video of myself saying the following words:
aunt, 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

And then I’m supposed to 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 called the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket?
  • what do you call it when rain falls when the sun is shining?
  • what is the thing you change the tv channel with?

I’ve lived all over the country – twice now in Michigan (I used to live in the U.P.). There was a time where I lived in Mississippi, but I wonder if I truly have a “Michigan accent” or not. You be the judge and let me know!

Additionally, I have this dialect survey REB showed me once and I’ve kept the link! It’s interesting to see how people say certain words or phrases from all over the country. You can check that out here.

Lastly, I’m chillaxing in bed, so excuse the backdrop and if I look like a hot mess. I also don’t know why the sound went from uber loud to uber soft…so I apologize in advance if it’s hard to hear!

Here we go!

So what do you think? Northern accent or not? I think I definitely have on! I hope you all give it a shot and then come back and share it! :)
A big thanks to Sarah for sharing hers!

13 thoughts on “How I Say It

  1. Diana @ VeggieNextDoor

    Oh my god – you are SUCH a natural on video! You should totally do more vlogs.

    I don’t know if i have an accent per-say, but I’m always told that I constantly mispronounce the words ‘salsa’ and ‘bury’. Funnily enough, those words come up in conversations with me more often than you’d expect.

    I’m also surprised the survey didn’t include the word “about” – that one always is a give-away for Canadian Accents!

    1. Aparna B. Post author

      Haha. thaaaanks :) You know, you’re right! They don’t include that in the survey. Hrm. I don’t know about doing more vlogs…I felt so weird doing that haha

  2. Bub

    You are sho Shweeet!!! All the time I kept thinking Perpil frock pehen ke school jaayegi! What accent would that qualiy for??!! Lol!! Love you!

  3. Shar P

    Hm.. agreed… except for the following:
    New Orleans is pronounced “Nawlens” (or some derivative thereof)
    A carbonated beverage is “pop”
    And I still say “y’all”

    I probably picked up more Southern than you tho, given that those were my formative years :)

    1. Aparna B. Post author

      Yeah, I think you picked up more of a southern drawl than I did! How weird, but you also hung out with your friends on campus a lot more! And your southern friends were straight-up SOUTHERN ;) haha. “Nawlins” – you crack me up <3

  4. Amber

    First of all, you are adorable. Secondly, I don’t hear you with any distinct accent – especially not what I classify as a “Michigan accent.” It’s probably because you’ve moved around so much : ) You should get into news broadcasting! I might do this but definitely know I talk differently than the people here sometimes…

    1. Aparna B. Post author

      It’s actually funny you mention broadcast. That was my major before I switched to print journalism! I hated the way I sounded on videos for the on-campus news station so I quit haha. I can’t wait to see yours!


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