here’s my audio-post. I got over the fact that I don’t like to
hear my recorded voice, wrote a script and read it out (most of it).
There were a few mistakes and err…umms along the way, but I just
did what I tell the kids to do, “Keep going, we can edit the mistakes
out later.” I did just that!
Click to play*
This is my speaking voice; I mean this is the voice I use at school
in class and with colleagues. I made a conscious effort to change and
modify the way I spoke at teachers college 10 years ago. Out of school
it’s a little more relaxed, but I maintain the same inflections,
vocabulary and syntax. I still encounter occasional blank looks at
particular phrases and sometimes I can see people ruminating, trying to
decode exactly what I just said, because I used a familiar word in an
unfamiliar context, but most of the time my altered English voice serves
But I’m not English. I’m a Yorkshireman. I’m Yorkshire, a tyke.
This is my real voice. It’s flatter and my Yorkshire accent is broader.
I drop my aitches, miss out words like ‘the’ and the letter T and
replace them with a glottal stop. Most vowels become short vowels,
others undergo a shift, taking on other vowel sounds. Some words with a
double O sound in become U and others are extended into diphthongs.
Ends of words are shortened or clipped and unfamiliar dialect words may
be used instead of Standard English words. Right doesn’t sound like
write, Mother or mum stays much the same, but father is different, dad
is not. Boys and girls are lads and lasses who like to play football on
the grass and if a lad scored a goal he’d be really proud of himself.
They might have brought something for their lunch, but if they haven’t
brought anything they’ll have nothing to eat and will be hungry on the
How many times have you heard an adult say, “I hate the sound of my own voice.” Someone (@klandmiles
in Singapore) tweeted on Twitter last week, “Of course you hate the sound of your own voice, it’s in the rules.”
I wonder how children hear themselves. So do kids hate the sound
of their own voice? Or do they listen and think, “Hey! That’s me!”
We expect children to want to record themselves on audio or video
and many of them do, but a small percentage of them will feel as I still
do…I hate the sound of my own voice. What can we do to nurture these
students? How can we build their confidence and encourage them to
participate and create in this way? Do they have to?
*audio recorded on a Nokia N95, three main takes and edited in Audacity
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