I love talking. It is a hobby of mine (to the chagrin of all family members). I am not speaking of the best way to bring the thoughts of my head into your head, loquaciousness, or effective wording (although all of that fascinates me). I am referring to the physical act of talking.
My thought is, if you HAVE to do something all the time, why not learn to take pleasure in it? My sisters pointed out recently that I do not merely experiment with which words I use, but also how I pronounce words. People have at different points in my life accused me of having a californian, southern, and midwestern accent (not sure where that came from).
The fact of the matter is, my accent changes everyday. If I hear someone say a word in an interesting way, I adopt it. If I meet someone I respect, I start to talk like them. Before you think I’m nuts, let me verify – this all happens quite subconsciously.
Having said all that, let me introduce to you one of my most favorite TED talks of all time. This woman is incredible. She is my inspiration.
As far as faking accents go, I currently have rough drafts for Australian, Cockney British, Indian, Scottish, BBC British, German, French, and three distinct variations of Southern United States. I am working on New York (Brooklyn), Chinese, Dominican, Canadian, and Russian. Do you have any secret accent skills?