Sunday, February 25, 2007

Audio Posting





Gorilla vs Ninja


My son Genius Asparagus has written two songs. I prefer the second one, Gorilla Vs Ninja, probably because it has nifty lyrics that you can sing along while dancing to the beat. To download and listen to the song, go to his blog: http://www.nebupookins.net/

Here are the lyrics with timing information:
[0:00] Gorilla fights against ninja
[0:01] Ninja wins against gorilla
[0:04] Na na na na na na na na
[0:06] Na na na na na na na na
[0:08] Na na na na na na na na
[0:10] Na na na na na na na na
[0:12] Go go go go go gorilla
[0:15] go go go go fight the ninja
[0:17] Go go go go go gorilla
[0:19] go go go go fight the ninja
[0:21] Gorilla fights against ninja
[0:23] Ninja wins against gorilla
[0:26] Gorilla fights against ninja
[0:28] Ninja wins against gorilla
[0:30] Go go go go go gorilla
[0:32] go go go go fight the ninja
[0:34] Go go go go go gorilla
[0:37] go go go go fight the ninja
[0:39] Na na na na na na na na
[0:41] Na na na na na na na na
[0:43] Na na na na na na na na
[0:46] Na na na na na na na na
[0:47] Goooooriiiiiilla.
[0:51] You cannot win.
[0:53] You cannot hope to possibly stand a chance
against the ninja
[0:56] Go, Ninja.
[1:00] Ninjas...
[1:02] ...are known for rocking out on electric gui-tars!
[1:05] Na na na na na na na na
[1:07] Na na na na na na na na
[1:09] Na na na na na na na na
[1:12] Na na na na na na na na
[1:14] Go go go go go gorilla
[1:16] go go go go fight the ninja
[1:18] Go go go go go gorilla
[1:20] go go go go fight the ninja
[1:22] Gorilla fights against ninja
[1:24] Ninja wins against gorilla
[1:27] Gorilla fights against ninja
[1:29] Ninja wins against gorilla
[1:31] Na na na na na na na na
[1:33] Na na na na na na na na
[1:35] Na na na na na na na na
[1:39] You cannot win against the ninja!



The Speech Accent Archive
http://accent.gmu.edu/

As the name indicates, the site is a collection of readings of a common text by various people in the world with their different accents. Here's how they did it:

We constructed an elicitation paragraph to be read by each subject. The paragraph is written in English, and uses common English words, but contains a variety of difficult English sounds and sound sequences. The paragraph contains practically all of the sounds of English.

Naturally, I checked the Vietnamese accents in the archives and were surprised by their number: they had readers from Can Tho, Saigon, Vin Long, Hanoi, Cam Ranh, Ninh Binh.

But after listening to a few, I must admit that they all sound more or less the same to me, just like a generic Vietnamese accent. Must be the limitation of my own hearing. I have a friend who despairs of ever making me distinguish between the pre-war Hanoi accent and today's Hanoi accent, which he says is much coarser. To my uneducated ears, they all sound like a "normal" Northern accent.

Vietnamese volunteers going to the Speech Accent Archives Office

1 comment:

kca said...

J'ai remarquer que les jeunes d' ici parle d'une facon "hachee", avec une velocite a la fin de chaque mot, a ce qu'il parait ca fait branche ... Bon moi je sais pas trop, sauf que ca me fatigue les oreilles.