How’s my accent?

I finally got David to record more mp3s for the French tutorials (we’re now halfway done with French VII, vocabulary for those living in France), and I decided to record myself speaking French as well. I just read the sentences from the first topic on French VII.

David (native speaker of French)

[podcast]http://www.ielanguages.com/mp3stwo/confusions.mp3[/podcast]

Me (native speaker of American English)

[podcast]http://www.ielanguages.com/mp3stwo/myaccent.mp3[/podcast]

I hate my voice.

  • http://twentyeighthofmay.wordpress.com/ Sally

    No! You have a nice voice and just un tout petit accent quand tu parles francais :-)

  • http://twentyeighthofmay.wordpress.com Sally

    No! You have a nice voice and just un tout petit accent quand tu parles francais :-)

  • http://eileen.likeafrog.org/ Eileen

    I actually think it’s a very nice text-book-recording voice! Mine wouldn’t work at all…

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  • http://eileen.likeafrog.org Eileen

    I actually think it’s a very nice text-book-recording voice! Mine wouldn’t work at all…

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  • http://nouvellevieenfrance.blogspot.com/ Katie

    I’m so jealous! I don’t know how I would sound if I recorded myself speaking french. But honestly you sound awesome. I wouldn’t know you were American if I heard you talking on the street.

    btw. This is my new blog. I deleted “A Year of Stepping in the Merde” and created “Nouvelle Vie”.

    Katie

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  • http://nouvellevieenfrance.blogspot.com/ Katie

    I’m so jealous! I don’t know how I would sound if I recorded myself speaking french. But honestly you sound awesome. I wouldn’t know you were American if I heard you talking on the street.

    btw. This is my new blog. I deleted “A Year of Stepping in the Merde” and created “Nouvelle Vie”.

    Katie

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  • http://unautrejp.blogspot.com/ Justin

    Not bad at all Jennie, I am impressed!

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  • http://unautrejp.blogspot.com Justin

    Not bad at all Jennie, I am impressed!

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  • http://www.katiaandkyliemac.com/ kyliemac

    hearing your own voice recorded is always weird! and the sound quality of your recording is really good! if only my accent sounded as good. :)

    kyliemacs last blog post..k&k episode 174 – the one where they sing off-key over the music… and stuff…

  • http://www.katiaandkyliemac.com kyliemac

    hearing your own voice recorded is always weird! and the sound quality of your recording is really good! if only my accent sounded as good. :)

    kyliemacs last blog post..k&k episode 174 – the one where they sing off-key over the music… and stuff…

  • http://mrdolomite.blogspot.com/ MrDolomite

    I have to cast my vote for the “I never want to have my own voice recorded and definitely never want to hear it played back.”

    But once past that, I think your samples are excellent. I was able to understand them all, even though it has been dix-sept years since my last French class. Definitely very clear and fluid. I’m not an expert, but I wouldn’t have been able to notice that you’re not a native speaker.

    David’s samples, however, did sound a bit more authentic, The way things connect and flow, with the natural pauses, somehow indicate he’s a native.

    But hey, maybe you have found your new calling, as a textbook audio recording voice. :)

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  • http://mrdolomite.blogspot.com MrDolomite

    I have to cast my vote for the “I never want to have my own voice recorded and definitely never want to hear it played back.”

    But once past that, I think your samples are excellent. I was able to understand them all, even though it has been dix-sept years since my last French class. Definitely very clear and fluid. I’m not an expert, but I wouldn’t have been able to notice that you’re not a native speaker.

    David’s samples, however, did sound a bit more authentic, The way things connect and flow, with the natural pauses, somehow indicate he’s a native.

    But hey, maybe you have found your new calling, as a textbook audio recording voice. :)

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  • Rose

    David’s voice sounds like my textbook recordings!
    You sound so pretty. I like your voice. There was one little upward lilt in one of the sentences that sounded so Quebecois – so cute! I live across the St Lawrence River from Canada now and I hear Canadian French all the time thanks to the radio. It sounds sort of like a North American Anglophone speaking French…which it sort of is.

  • Rose

    David’s voice sounds like my textbook recordings!
    You sound so pretty. I like your voice. There was one little upward lilt in one of the sentences that sounded so Quebecois – so cute! I live across the St Lawrence River from Canada now and I hear Canadian French all the time thanks to the radio. It sounds sort of like a North American Anglophone speaking French…which it sort of is.

  • http://davidsswamp.blogspot.com/ David

    Hey Jennie,

    You’re accent is pretty good, but you should record yourself speaking natural speech…
    Recording yourself reading a text, especially a text where the meaning is not relevant alters your way of speaking and especially your accent…

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  • http://davidsswamp.blogspot.com David

    Hey Jennie,

    You’re accent is pretty good, but you should record yourself speaking natural speech…
    Recording yourself reading a text, especially a text where the meaning is not relevant alters your way of speaking and especially your accent…

    Davids last blog post..This tagging thing that some people do…

  • http://www.ielanguages.com Jennie Wagner

    @Sally: Merci Sally, it’s the darn French r’s that give me away most. Don’t know if I’ll ever be able to pronounce them correctly.

    @Eileen: I should totally look into textbook recording as a career (is that a career?). That would be so cool!

    @Katie: Thanks Katie, I’ve changed your link on my blogroll.

    @JustIn: Merci Justin; c’est gentil de ton part !

    @Kyliemac: I think the quality of your podcasts is really good too! I just open Audacity and push record, so the program deserves all the credit. heh

    @MrDolomite: It’s true the flow of David’s speech is much better. I’ve always been good at pronouncing individual sounds, but the intonation of the sentence is a bit harder to master.

    @Rose: Hehe, I’m sure I picked up some Quebecois intonation along the way. I love the Quebecois accent!

    @David: Yeah, I should do a spontaneous recording. I know that (my) David’s accent in English changes slightly when he reads vs. when he just speaks naturally. His English accent is better when he speaks, but I have a feeling my French accent is better when I read.

  • http://www.ielanguages.com Jennie

    @Sally: Merci Sally, it’s the darn French r’s that give me away most. Don’t know if I’ll ever be able to pronounce them correctly.

    @Eileen: I should totally look into textbook recording as a career (is that a career?). That would be so cool!

    @Katie: Thanks Katie, I’ve changed your link on my blogroll.

    @JustIn: Merci Justin; c’est gentil de ton part !

    @Kyliemac: I think the quality of your podcasts is really good too! I just open Audacity and push record, so the program deserves all the credit. heh

    @MrDolomite: It’s true the flow of David’s speech is much better. I’ve always been good at pronouncing individual sounds, but the intonation of the sentence is a bit harder to master.

    @Rose: Hehe, I’m sure I picked up some Quebecois intonation along the way. I love the Quebecois accent!

    @David: Yeah, I should do a spontaneous recording. I know that (my) David’s accent in English changes slightly when he reads vs. when he just speaks naturally. His English accent is better when he speaks, but I have a feeling my French accent is better when I read.

  • http://noemagosa.wordpress.com/ Noelia

    Your spoken French is as good as the written one!

    The only sound that can be improved is the “e” vowel sound as in: petit, de toi… Yours is too “é”
    And in the word “aujourd’hui”, it’s getting from “o” to “ou” to “u” then “i”. Tricky.

    I would have written in IPA, but my keyboard does not allow. I hope I helped! (BTW, I’ve been thinking of doing the same thing -recording my voice-… I have all the equipment to do it. Now, where is my courage gone? :-)

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  • http://noemagosa.wordpress.com Noelia

    Your spoken French is as good as the written one!

    The only sound that can be improved is the “e” vowel sound as in: petit, de toi… Yours is too “é”
    And in the word “aujourd’hui”, it’s getting from “o” to “ou” to “u” then “i”. Tricky.

    I would have written in IPA, but my keyboard does not allow. I hope I helped! (BTW, I’ve been thinking of doing the same thing -recording my voice-… I have all the equipment to do it. Now, where is my courage gone? :-)

    Noelias last blog post..La p’tite bête qui monte…

  • http://www.ielanguages.com Jennie Wagner

    Thanks Noelia! That helps me – I know aujourd’hui has always been a tricky word for me.

    I think you should record your voice too. I might do a German recording later…

  • http://www.ielanguages.com Jennie

    Thanks Noelia! That helps me – I know aujourd’hui has always been a tricky word for me.

    I think you should record your voice too. I might do a German recording later…

  • http://www.joujoulovesyou.blogspot.com/ JouJou

    I thought it was beautiful!!! Bravo!

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  • http://www.joujoulovesyou.blogspot.com JouJou

    I thought it was beautiful!!! Bravo!

    JouJous last blog post..GET YO SHI* and GET OUT.

  • Lexie

    Your accent is completely fantastic! Honestly! I am soo jealous…and very curious how you learned it so well. I came across your site because I’m going to be an exchange student in the Haute-Savoire area next year(I’ll be a junior in high school) and I don’t speak any french. Ich kann aber schon Deutsch…y un poco de espanol:) haha I actually want to be a linguist too. I really wish though that my accent (not only with french…I started studying it only about a month ago…but with German as well) were better.
    Do you have any advice/tips/links that could help?
    Thank you/Danke/Gracias/Merci
    Lexie

    P.S.- This website is so amazing! I cannot thank you enough for all you language tutorials. I really like the paired ones, too. Using the German/French one is really helping me by comparing the two and making french easier.

  • Lexie

    Your accent is completely fantastic! Honestly! I am soo jealous…and very curious how you learned it so well. I came across your site because I’m going to be an exchange student in the Haute-Savoire area next year(I’ll be a junior in high school) and I don’t speak any french. Ich kann aber schon Deutsch…y un poco de espanol:) haha I actually want to be a linguist too. I really wish though that my accent (not only with french…I started studying it only about a month ago…but with German as well) were better.
    Do you have any advice/tips/links that could help?
    Thank you/Danke/Gracias/Merci
    Lexie

    P.S.- This website is so amazing! I cannot thank you enough for all you language tutorials. I really like the paired ones, too. Using the German/French one is really helping me by comparing the two and making french easier.