Accents from places I've never been
Just a thought from 14 January 2004 about .

So this site has sound clips of people reading the following text in English, with accents from all over the world. I'm sure it's all academic and important, but I just like hearing the accents. And, after hearing it a few times, the text itself forms a kind of Zen koan.

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 frog for the kids.  She can scoop these things into three red bags, and we will go meet her Wednesday at the train station.

Be sure to listen to Ewe and Sicilian. Wonderful stuff.

Bonus LazyWeb idea! Someone should make a website where people could upload their own mp3 reading of this text and mark their location. Imagine a giant database of accents, down to the most minute difference. Personally, I can pick a Long Beach from an Orange County from a Hayward, can't you?

This section is called Just a Thought. It's a blog where I post little pieces of what I'm thinking about at the moment. This page is an individual entry called “Accents from places I've never been” that I wrote on 14 January 2004.

Before this, I wrote a little something called “A new site” on 11 January 2004. After this, I wrote “News flash: Geeks actually socialize!” on 14 January 2004.

A new site
My photos now have a proper home. Please drop by Ephemera and see....
11 January 2004

News flash: Geeks actually socialize!
I'm just bookmarking this so that next time someone hits me with the ol' bowling-alone / computers-are-alienating spiel, I can...
14 January 2004

The Fine Print

Working the web since 1995, Derek Powazek is the creator of many award-winning websites, a couple of which still exist. Derek is the cofounder of JPG Magazine and the CCO of 8020 Publishing. Derek lives in San Francisco with his wife, two nutty Chihuahuas, a grumpy cat, and a house full of plants named Fred. More »

Join the POWlist to receive the occasional note.


Thoughts by month:

Thoughts by subject:

Search with Technorati:

Search with Google:

In Print
My CaliforniaMy California
Contributor (Story)
We DoWe Do
Contributor (Photos)
Design for CommunityDesign for Community
Author (Tech)
San Francisco StoriesSan Francisco Stories
Author (Stories)
We've Got BlogWe've Got Blog
Contributor (Essay)