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#117569 - 05/08/07 11:29 AM "Barbie" voices
browser57 Offline
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Registered: 06/07/05
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Loc: Michigan
Has anyone encountered a young girl who's speech you cannot understand? This has been an issue with me for awhile now. We have a beautiful young lady (in her early 20's) that does the traffic report on a local tv station. She has this high pitched, sing-song voice that is impossible to understand. There are days that I pray for anyone depending on her report - because, it is unintelligible. It's such a shame. She's just got all the exterior stuff going for her - but once she opens her mouth - yikes. We also had a waitress the other night - same thing. After she rattled off the 'nightly specials' and walked away - DH just looked at me and asked "What did she say?

While living in the south a few years back I was amazed that there were classes for young boys and girls that teach the finer social graces. You could really tell which kids had had the training and which had not.

I know our schools today could not be expected to teach this, but it would be nice to see something extracurricular - for those who are planning a career in the public eye.


Edited by browser57 (05/08/07 12:29 PM)

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#117570 - 05/08/07 07:11 PM Re: "Barbie" voices [Re: browser57]
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Browser, I had a similar experience earlier today when I called my dentist office to make an appointment. The receptionist was clearly flustered at something happening at her end and spoke so quickly that I could barely understand what she was saying - and I had to really assert myself to get a word in about when I wanted the appointment or else she would have booked it and hung up without even checking to see if it was a good time for me! As it was she hung up before I even had a chance to verify the date and time.
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#117571 - 05/08/07 08:20 PM Re: "Barbie" voices [Re: Eagle Heart]
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#117572 - 05/08/07 09:07 PM Re: "Barbie" voices [Re: chatty lady]
browser57 Offline
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Registered: 06/07/05
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Loc: Michigan
I thought of writing the tv station - but she's probably some big shot's daughter. It just amazes me that she got the job. Of course, look at what they hold up as role models - the likes of Britney, Paris, etc. Not much to emulate is there.

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#117573 - 05/08/07 11:40 PM Re: "Barbie" voices [Re: browser57]
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Registered: 06/14/06
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It's not just the young'uns that have those voices. There is a real estate agent who advertises here that has one of those high, grating voices, and an older women who does news reports. Every time they come on the TV I start yelling at them to breathe from the diaphragm and not from the nose! Their voices are like nails on a chalkboard to me - drives me nuts! These are mature women who shouldn't sound like they're 8 years old.

Guess you can tell this hit a nerve! LOL
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#117574 - 05/09/07 06:51 AM Re: "Barbie" voices [Re: yonuh]
Anno Offline
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Registered: 09/15/05
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I can't imagine being in the public eye without taking some sort of speech class. It doesn't take that much to learn to speak properly.

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#117575 - 05/09/07 08:54 PM Re: "Barbie" voices [Re: Anno]
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Registered: 04/28/07
Posts: 21
Not quite sure what you mean, would it be something like the voices I hear when my son watches this show on MTV about 16 year old kids who have gigantic and hugely expensive parties?
Now they grate.

In englishspeak, my friend's daughter (17) has taken to ending every sentence like a question? That and sprinkling the word 'like' randomly into her speech.
Example: So we went to see this, like, fantastic show? And the lead singer was, like, so amazing?

araargh!!!! :bangshead:

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#117576 - 05/10/07 02:05 AM Re: "Barbie" voices [Re: ShirleyValentine]
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Registered: 06/05/06
Posts: 4136
Loc: American living in Europe
It's really strange, but I have noticed over the past years that German women speak at least an octave deeper than American women or girls. I wonder why.

There are so many Turks in the German schools that speak with a strong Turkish jargon and accent, that many teenage German students have adopted their slang. Now how weird is that? Why isn't it the other way around?

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#117577 - 05/12/07 11:35 AM Re: "Barbie" voices [Re: Edelweiss]
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Registered: 01/21/07
Posts: 3634
Loc: British Columbia, Canada
Quote:

It's really strange, but I have noticed over the past years that German women speak at least an octave deeper than American women or girls. I wonder why.

There are so many Turks in the German schools that speak with a strong Turkish jargon and accent, that many teenage German students have adopted their slang. Now how weird is that? Why isn't it the other way around?




I don't even know what a Turkish accent sounds like. What is it?

Will be interesting to see how the teenage girls today will be like 20 yrs. from now in terms of their speech patterns.

Myself and 4 sisters have alto voices...I think it's because our mother tongue is Chinese, a tonal language, that to speak English we flatten our tones and lower our voice an octave.

It's all natural and unconscious. Just something I've noticed...over the years. But then where are some other Chinese female dominanat families where that isn't quite true when they switch to English.
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#117578 - 05/12/07 11:41 AM Re: "Barbie" voices [Re: orchid]
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Registered: 07/02/03
Posts: 12025
Loc: Alabama
I've run into sales clerks like this before, or a service person over the phone. I usually say something like, "Now hold on there honey, I'm Southern and so I promise to speak faster if you'll promise to speak slower, k?" They usually laugh and DO slow down. If they don't, I just sit quitely until they say, "are you still there?" at which point I say, "Un huh, I'm just waiting on my brain to catch up to warp speed."

Again...laughter follows, and we usually meet in the middle.

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