Saturday, 5 November 2011

In order to form a more perfect union

So, this would be the post for my accent v-log and, for various reasons, I have chosen to read a Shakespearean sonnet (so very English, right?!), and an American political document, to illustrate my current speech patterns.

The sonnet is a favourite of mine, about the foolishness of love (or choice of lover), and I know it from The Taming of the Shrew or rather, its modern guise, 10 Things I Hate About You. The sonnet (and its contemporary counterpart) can be read on this website, or just below my video, should you wish to explore further. As for the American reading, what else would it be, other than the Preamble of the US Constitution?!

I'll be reading these again in six months and a year, to see whether anyone can detect any changes in my accent as I live Stateside for longer and longer!

Sonnet 141

In faith, I do not love thee with mine eyes,
For they in thee a thousand errors note;
But 'tis my heart that loves what they despise,
Who in despite of view is pleased to dote;
Nor are mine ears with thy tongue's tune delighted,
Nor tender feeling, to base touches prone,
Nor taste, nor smell, desire to be invited
To any sensual feast with thee alone:
But my five wits nor my five senses can
Dissuade one foolish heart from serving thee,
Who leaves unsway'd the likeness of a man,
Thy proud heart's slave and vassal wretch to be:
Only my plague thus far I count my gain,
That she that makes me sin awards me pain.

Sonnet 141 (Derivative Version)

I hate the way you talk to me,
And the way you cut your hair.
I hate the way you drive my car.
I hate it when you stare.
I hate your big dumb combat boots,
And the way you read my mind.
I hate you so much it makes me sick.
(It even makes me rhyme.)
I hate the way you’re always right.
I hate it when you lie.
I hate it when you make me laugh—
Even worse when you make me cry.
I hate it when you’re not around, and the fact that you didn’t call.
But mostly I hate the way I don’t hate you—not even close, not even a little bit, not even at all.

P.S. I really recommend watching 10 Things... if you haven't already. 


  1. You have such a lovely voice -- I do like to hear you talk! (Although on the phone, it's sometimes a little difficult to "get" everything you say!) I hope you don't lose ALL of your British accent! It will be interesting to compare it a year from now -- neat idea! Love you!

  2. Thank you! I know I talk too fast sometimes, which is something I had to work on in the UK as well as the US. :) Hopefully my accent will stay mostly British, as I quite like it that way, but at the same time, I like the way the southerners here say specific words. Thanks for the comment. :) Love you too!

  3. I don't seem to have issues understanding you, though we do get a good bit of British TV here and I must say most of it I actually have to pick up from the Finnish subtitles!

  4. I have no idea what Finnish TV is like! But you have to use their subtitles to understand British TV?!


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