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Wednesday, January 26

Sorry, No Accents Here!

As promised, here is a sample of what I sound like in English and in French, with 'a cat in my throat' as we say on this side of the pond.
this is an audio post - click to play
Location : La Défense, Paris, France.

11 Insights :

Blogger Marie intuited...

I love the audio. How do you put audio on a blog?

1/26/2005 05:02:00 PM  
Blogger Mathieu intuited...

By phone!

It's a little expensive from France, but what wouldn't we do for our readers, eh?

Here's the blogger help file : http://blogger.com/knowledge/2004/06/on-road-with-audioblogger.pyra

Have fun!

1/26/2005 05:07:00 PM  
Blogger Kitten intuited...

still sexy, and i can detect the accent. Did you get many takers on the post cards?

1/26/2005 05:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous intuited...

Wahou Mattiou!! Have you ever thought about being an actor? It's a shame you shared the picture first ;)
(BTW would you have the same with "Bond... James Bond")


1/26/2005 06:40:00 PM  
Blogger Alekx intuited...

hmmmmm does it make me a bad person to say OMG what a voice.

Thank you for all the well wishes on mine and burfica's blogs, it meant alot.
I'm back in all my rare and dignified form by the way.
Are you just thrilled. :0)

1/26/2005 08:56:00 PM  
Blogger Mathieu intuited...

Welcome back, Alekx, glad you're mom's some better.

1/27/2005 12:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous intuited...

I can't hear an accent at all--I'm impressed!! I've told James that you speak (write) in English better than I do!! ~Lori

1/27/2005 01:39:00 AM  
Blogger Kate intuited...

Hmmm. How do you feel about switching between pronunciations of your name? I used to spend a fair bit of time in France, and I always pronounced my name "a la francaise" but it always felt a bit odd as they sound so different ... The English version was always MY name.

1/27/2005 10:30:00 PM  
Blogger Mathieu intuited...

Well, I tend to use the two languages for different things, and I think that I'm not exactly the same person depending which language I use.

Kinda like how you're not the same person talking to your workmates, to your friends, or to your family.

So in a way, I do think of Mathew and Mathieu as two different names, not different pronounciations of the same name. Or like two nicknames used with different crowds?

In fact, it's jarring when Americans insist on pronouncing my name the French way. Firstly because they can't. It contains an 'euh' sound which doesn't exist in English. Secondly because that's crossing boundaries I tend to seal pretty tight.

One of my French friends calls me Matiou ('MahTEEoo'), as a joke on that. It started as an annoyance, and now it's a nickname!

There, way more information about how I feel on this issue then you could possibly have wanted when you asked that question :P

1/27/2005 10:45:00 PM  
Blogger Coquette intuited...

Oh, that's totally cool, the audio! I switch to pronoucing my name a la française, or I try to. (I mean my real name, obviously, with Coquette there isn't much of a difference, is there?) :)

1/27/2005 10:51:00 PM  
Blogger Mathieu intuited...

Well, Coquette, it's all in the length of the O, then isn't it?


1/27/2005 10:55:00 PM  

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