The Voice

This is a repeat Daily Prompt, so I will repeat what I said (literally said) two years ago when it was first posted:

Here’s the answer to today’s Daily Prompt –Β What do you find more unbearable: watching a video of yourself, or listening to a recording of your voice? Why?

So there you have it….a touch of a whine, a bit nasal, and kind of hoarse. I remember the first time I heard my own voice on tape was when I was in second grade. We had a big reel to reel tape recorder in the classroom and for some reason we were recording our voices. When my voice was played back someone said “You sound like a boy.” Obviously it left an impression if now at age 58 I can still remember the incident. I am always a little appalled when hearing my own voice on my answering machine, thinking how can I possibly sound like that? I can’t do much to change it though, I suppose I could take elocution lessons to rid myself of my New York t’s and d’s and r’s- but I fear it is too late. A friend used to say I sounded like Fran Drescher on the show The Nanny.

26 thoughts on “The Voice

  1. I am partial to your accent because I was born on Long Island back in the 50s. My parents were both from Brooklyn. Just read above that you never lived in NY? How in the world DID you get that accent?

    I HATE watching myself on video but don’t mind my voice at all.


    • I don’t know where it came from- no one in my family speaks that way- but my husband is from Brooklyn and even though I don’t hear it maybe he has an accent that I have picked up. Love a Long Island accent- those hard g’s are the best πŸ™‚


  2. NY accent for sure but I’m used to it..:)
    Like you, I hate hearing my own voice. Not sure what I sound like but it always startles me for a moment…:)


  3. Your “repeat” post is the first time round for me:) Post on! And I have to chuckle, I have a “Philly” accent ( kinda softer than New York) and my son, born and raised in Oklahoma sounds like me too!! Lol We say, “He’s confused!” Throw in a bit of my Dad’s soft “r” from Boston and it tops the cake!! Tastykake if your from Philly!! Looking forward to reading more of your blog:)


  4. When I am in Ohio, people ask me what part of New England I come from? I say my Mom lived in Massachusetts from baby hood until 3rd grade. She lived in Ohio for the rest of her life! I smile and think I will say, “cah” instead of “car.” πŸ™‚


    • You have a thick accent? So funny of course I should have known you must have an accent- but it didn’t occur to me. German? My mother in law grew up in Koln and spoke with a heavy accent. It was a challenge at first to catch everything she said- when I told my husband his response was “she doesn’t have an accent” Of course he didn’t hear it having grown up with it πŸ™‚

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      • I have a thick German/Austrian accent, but I can although talk with the typical Italian accent and sound like Al Pacino in the “Godfather.” LOL I never tried do change it, it’s part of who I am.

        When I lived in the South people asked me everyday, “Where are you from?” Sometimes I just said “North,” because I didn’t feel like going into details. I often heard, “Ahhhh Boston, that’s what I thought.” It always floored me and I laughed hard inside.


      • Oh I am not sure I can describe it – but I met a lady from wisconsin at a ball game last week and she sounded like me 0 and I told her – but it is something we do with our r’s (as you noted) –
        anyhow, later this year or next I plan to have some videos out – of my teaching and whatnot – and I will let you know and then maybe you an tell me what someone form wisconsin sounds like – how does that sound?


    • you are so right- I hadn’t thought about the fact that the prompts are so negative- what would you do over, what would you change blah blah blah- honestly I am working from 7:45 to 5 these days and barely have time to blog and hate that I don’t have time to read everything and write so repeat prompts if they were long ago enough work for me right now!!! I usually do stay away from the negative though. Why aren’t you sleeping after that less than pleasurable plane ride home? Sweet dreams, and I so agree about the half & half πŸ™‚

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