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And… Action! Chocolate’n’Waffles Goes Live!

Guys, I have a revelation for you. I am French! Yes, you probably already know this because of either something I’ve written here at some point that did not feel natural, or because you’ve read me complain about it! No more complaining, I’m taking the matter in both hands and adding a little fun to the blog with… videos!

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This blog is and will remain a book blog, but I feel like exploring uncharted territories and being brave…

If you’ve watched the video, thank you! By now you know I’m doing this to get some extra motivation to work on my blogging and my accent at the same time. I have a couple of ideas of subjects to talk about and I’ll do my best to not be boring. But hey, this is my safe place, and it means a lot to me, so don’t feel obliged to watch, but I intend to have plenty of fun!

For example, we can play “Spot the mistake” xD I forgot the S at the end of my own blog name, my placement is meh, there is a “in” missing between “say” and “video”.. Nah, let’s not do that!!!!! *goes to hide*

Okay, I did it! It took a bit of courage I don’t have, and only one take or I would have spent hours re-recording before losing my motivation! Now I’m free to… make things better for the next!

ps: The setting is totally gonna change, haha, that white wall is awfully drab!

See you next week!

86 thoughts on “And… Action! Chocolate’n’Waffles Goes Live!

  1. It wasn’t ‘painful for my ears’ at all. I’ve thought about starting a booktube but I hate watching myself on film so I think you’re very brace! Good luck with the project and I’ll be tuning in each week to watch 😊 x

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    1. So glad to hear that! I was afraid to sounds way too awful! Oh, I know what you mean, I hate watching myself and I’ve had to learn how to accept to listen to my own voice, it’s so hard! That’s why I will probably do all videos in one take, or I’ll go search for perfection and never find it!!! Thanks a lot for taking the time to watch and comment πŸ™‚ xx

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  2. Very brave Meggy, and well done, you sound great! I have no idea why you would want to lose your wonderful French accent though. I once heard that if you wanted to sound American you should watch and listen to the endless Friends episodes out there πŸ™‚ Probably not a helpful tip but it’s a tip nonetheless.

    I’m fascinated with the Royal Mail bag hanging on the wall??

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    1. Brave, I’m not sure, I’m still terrified of that video, hahahaha! I have always dreamed of showing people you can actually get an accent without having to move to the other side of the world, and I’ve always felt I needed that American side of me, it’s a weird thing πŸ™‚
      That tip is actually one of the things I’m using! I’m working with material (scenes) from the show Suits! πŸ™‚ And I always have podcasts around with me.
      Haha, the bag comes from a massive book post I received! πŸ˜€

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  3. You are awesome Meggy! Your English is pretty damn good, and despite the wee bits you’ve mentioned I’d say it’s a bloody good video & shows you’re trying to perfect your technique! Very proud of you & I’ll be watching every instalment πŸ‘ My little one loved the video, requesting that we watch again, you’ve a young fan in the making. Keep practising & you’ll get there.

    Ps my brain doesn’t assimilate language the same way either, I hear a language and have to think which one to respond in (I speak German, less fluently than I used to), so don’t be too hard on yourself xxxx

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    1. Naaaah, I’m just trying to be more adventurous, and this kind of challenges is my “most adventurous stuff” hahahaha! I really have at heart to bring my speaking skill to the same level as my writing, listening, and comprehensing skills, and I’m gonna be so busy starting September that I need August to be fun but also very very focused on my accent. Thank you so so so much my darling Kate ❀ Awwww this is too cute!! You'll have to thank that very clever and tasteful little wee for me with lots of cuddles!!!!
      I'm working on how not to be so perfectionist anymore too, so… a lot on my plate and a lot of work to do on myself!!! Thanks so much for taking the time to watch this… twice! xxxxx

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  4. You sound amazing (not French at all to my ears), you don’t seem to be searching for your words either.. I really wish I could speak like that! I haven’t spoken English in years and I’d never have the courage to do this. I look forward to your next video.. maybe you can do a review of a book by video, or do a discussion piece where you share your thoughts about something ? Just a few ideas :-).

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    1. Iiiiiiinge, you are making me tear up!!!! Thanks a lot ❀ It means a lot to me as it's a long term project and it's very important for me to not suck at it… I'll admit it was not courage that made me do this, but the need to improve! I'm still cringing when I see the vid!
      Great ideas, thank you! I was thinking about a tag that I received which doesn't require much time, and yeah, it'd be fun to finish the month with a little book review!! Lots of love! Thanks for taking the time to watch xxx

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  5. It was great to hear you speak, and if I didn’t already know you were French I would have struggled to place your accent. I am always impressed by people who work hard. (And my French is very poor). A bientot!

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    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and listen to this little thing, Michael. Means a lot! I now feel intimidated and proud at the same time, weird feeling, haha! French is so hard, even for us, I can’t imagine learning it, so I’m glad I was born and forced to digest this language! A trΓ¨s bientΓ΄t et merci beaucoup!

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  6. Hi Meggy. How nice to hear your voice and see you. It feels like I know you a lot better now.
    Well done for posting your video. Your accent and English is excellent. You remind me of a Mexican friend that I have when she speaks English. American with your own twang. I like it. I wouldn’t guess French!
    Accent learning is an excellent excuse to watch American tv shows too. I’m watching The Good Wife on Netflix at the moment and can recommend that. I look forward to your next video.
    Amanda xx

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    1. Hi Amanda! I admit I was expecting your impression on this video as we have share quite a bit and I felt nervous about you hearing my voice! πŸ™‚ I can’t believe I mustered the courage to post. I actually thought about erasing the post until the very last moment!
      I’m watching The Good Wife too! Well, listening to it when working or on the exercise bike! xxx

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  7. Whoop whoop go Meggy! You star! You’re accent (to me) sounds American with hints of French and it’s gorgeous! Your English is brilliant. Why do they teach you useless stuff in other languages at school? Things like ‘the monkey is on the table’ it’s so pointless! I can ask for a large beer politly in Czech and that’s as far as my language skills go πŸ˜‚ xxx

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    1. You couldn’t make me happier πŸ˜€ I’m really motivated to make August the American Month before I get eaten up by the publishing program. Please, never ever hesitate if I use the wrong term or whatever, I’m hoping to lose the fear of the recording but also make people understand it’s okay to correct me! I only learned it was better to say publishing program than publishing degree a few days ago!!! I feel stupid now, haha!
      Haha, I remember we had a conversation to learn that went “Where is Brian?” “Brian is in the kitchen” “Where is Jenny, the sister of Brian?” “She is not in the kitchen” xD xxx

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      1. I don’t see anything wrong with publishing degree if it’s a degree you’re doing – or degree in publishing.
        An American month sounds brilliant!
        I have been asked if I want to do a podcast … I’m tempted but terrified and not sure if anyone would understand my strange Hull/Mackem hybrid accent!
        Ah yes, Eddie Izzard does a brilliant sketch about how they teach French in English schools with phrases such as ‘The Monkey is on the table’ πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ xxx

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        1. Well, that’s reassuring, thank you my Lady Skull! That means I haven’t sound like an idiot for the past weeks xD
          Oooh, a podcast is fabulous!!! Do it if you feel like it and don’t worry about your accent! If people can understand me, they’ll understand you, haha!
          French school… That’s all there’s to say :p xxxxx

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  8. Your accent and fluency are great – very clear and I wouldn’t worry about tiny mistakes – we all make them even in our native languages. I’m intrigued to know why you’ve decided to try for an American accent rather than an English or neutral one? Also, I have to admit I adore people speaking with French accents – whether in French or English, to be honest. I think it’s the loveliest, dare I say sexiest, accent in the world… πŸ˜€

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    1. Thanks a lot! πŸ™‚ Second languages make you nitpick at everything until it’s perfect, and I have to admit it’ll never be and it’s okay, so those videos are here to help πŸ™‚ My only issue is that people never dare telling me when I’m using something the wrong way, like publishing degree instead of publishing program. I understand not wanting to hurt someone’s feelings, but it’s all I’m looking for xD
      About the choosing of the accent, I’d the say the American accent chose me, not the other way around πŸ™‚ I became fascinated with the country at 8 years old when I saw a documentary, but only really found my way to the history, the language etc in high school, and by then I was watching lots of US TV shows, reading US books, and seeing so much of the country on the news as there’s always something going on in America πŸ™‚ I did try the British standard accent when I realized I couldn’t produce the American R sound, but it was so forced, and it did not feel like me at all, so I naturally went back to the American accent, and I feel so much more comfortable this way! I haven’t heard of a neutral between the UK and US accents, I think it’d be hard to find rules to make something absolutely standard. Hahaha, we get that a lot! I’ll never understand that sexy side of the French accent!

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  9. Oh hun you don’t have an overly French accent and you are fluid with your English enough that no one would think it isn’t an everyday language for you. I can appreciate where you are coming from though when I am not speaking English I do dislike that my brain and mouth don’t work at the same speed for translation. My best friend lives in Hong Kong and when she hasn’t been speaking English for a while she loses her confidence in speaking it and there are times the clicking of fingers happens when trying to think of the right word in English, my family in Malta do exactly the same as English isn’t even their second language. I think your accent is beautiful and when you master the fluidity of thought and speech through building your confidence you won’t need an American accent ❀

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    1. Aw, thanks a lot! πŸ™‚ I I tend to look for perfection so I’m a bit harsh on myself, but at least I know it’s better than some other French xD Thanks a lot πŸ™‚ I do feel strongly about the American accent, but I enjoy the journey of being a language learner, and it’s just a pleasure to work on it every single day πŸ™‚ ❀

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      1. I can totally understand what you mean about working on your accent if it is something you feel passionately about. I love working on my accents but it is more for fun rather than the reason you are working on yours. It’ll be great for you to see your progress given you are recording yourself xx

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  10. I have no idea why but I thought you were Spanish!? I had no evidence to back it up (clearly) but I was adamant that you were!! Your accent & pronunciation is great! You can definitely here the American accent coming through! English pronunciation can be pretty crazy, you’ve done a great job so far πŸ™‚

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      1. Honestly, I’m glad I was born English just so I didn’t have to learn it! I’d love to learn another language but I’m soooo impatient, I’ve tried so hard so many times but I can never get my head around it quick enough πŸ˜‚ I admire you so much for sticking with your learning!

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  11. Trust me, you speak with barely any accent and your English is amazing ❀ I can't speak in English…I'm terrible, we, Spaniards, have an ugly accent and I can never express myself while talking out loud, I need to think what I say, like when I'm writing. So proud of you ❀

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    1. Aw, thank you! I’ll say it’s tough when you know English is your thing, but you have a field in which there’s a lot of room for improvement. I’m sure it’s not that bad!! You should hear French or Japanese people speaking English xD Thank you SO MUCH ❀

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  12. MY SWEECHIE you have a GREAT accent and I loved this, thank you so much for sharing! I’ll be looking forward to all of your videos for sure πŸ™‚

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  13. Superb! I have a Canadian accent with a hint of an Irish twinge at times – but living in the UK for 18 years now, I pick up the UK phrases and they sound odd with my accent! 🀣🀣 Love this and so proud of you girly! xx

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    1. Lady, you just made me very happy πŸ™‚ I’m aware of the tweaking and the long road ahead, but it’s so nice that people can actually understand me, hahaha! I almost erased the post just before it went live.. I’m glad I did not. It’s gonna be a fun thing to do! Thanks so much for stopping by, lovely xxx

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  14. You are seriously brave! I actually thought about doing youtube, but never actually dared to do it. I’m just not comfortable in front of the camera. Also don’t worry about any mistakes, everyone makes them! It’s amazing seeing people know multiple languages and being able to speak them. πŸ˜€ I always get self conscious when I talk in either German or English, as I want to say everything as correctly as possible. But I guess with more and more practice you just get better at it! I’ll look forward to your future videos! πŸ™‚

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    1. I am so uncomfortable in front of a camera, haha! And I hate hearing and watching myself, it’s a real challenge! I’d say it’s silly rather than brave but I feel I need to do this. I’m hoping it’s gonna be fun, not just for me! Yep, practice, practice, practice, I’ve been living that way for three months and I can tell the difference! πŸ™‚ Thanks a lot for watching!

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  15. Have to agree with others- you barely have a French accent… what I most admired about your recording is the fact you spoke so calmly.. I ramble to hell and high heavens in super speed and people are sometimes looking at me going- uh, what? πŸ˜€ But, I also think, sometimes they don’t expect a non-English speaker to waffle (haha!) on with speed and they have braced themselves to reaaallly pay attention to what’s going to be said but hey presto! there I am, a whole thought said and they look at me puzzled! πŸ˜€
    Brave of you to record yourself… I could only ever do a podcast, if even that, or you know, pull a bag over my head πŸ˜€ just kidding… you’re doing wonderfully and good luck with your project! I look forward to the next video! πŸ™‚

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    1. Believe me, I was anything but calm inside!!! So nervous!!! But a true Donna doesn’t let it show :p Haha, love that you speak so fast the people around are like “what the hell?” It’s so true that non-native are usually not expected to be fluent or be able to manage a conversation at full speed :p (LOVED the waffling :p) It’s still a very difficult task to record myself but if I want to see any improvement, I need it, and I need to make it fun so… I don’t know, I’m a bit of a masochist! Thanks so much, lovely xxx

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      1. Hahaha, ‘ a true Donna doesn’t let it show’… brilliant… πŸ˜€
        You’re doing a great thing.. stepping out of all sorts of comfort zones so I am all for it- you’re brave and an inspiration to us all!

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  16. Your English is amazing! I only know American and French accents based on what I see in movies and you don’t sound like you have a French accent. Its just flawless and you express yourself really way.

    PS: This is going to sound weird but first glance at your video made me feel like you are familiar as in someone I know and not just an online acquaintance. Like I already know you and would pick you out from a crowd. Perhaps its because I have seen your photos but yeah. Lol I hope that makes sense though.

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    1. Wow, you win the best comment of the day, darling! You have made me smile so much it hurts! πŸ™‚ Whenever I record myself, all I hear are the errors, so I’m hoping this will help me see I’m not doing so bad πŸ™‚
      I totally know that feeling! We share so much and we’re so used to chatting online that there’s a familiarity feeling that is so welcome and makes me very happy πŸ™‚ Totally makes sense, haha! xxx

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  17. Wow this is so exciting!! Your american accent is way better than mine πŸ˜‰ For a second there I thought “wait I thought Meggy was French!” hehehe your impression of how people think French people sound when they speak English was hilarious! And your English is amazing! Seriously- there are plenty of native English speakers that would love to speak as fluently as you- and don’t even get me started on how bad English people are at speaking foreign languages…. (again, I don’t know much about Americans) Anyway this was fantastic- I’m looking forward to this!! πŸ˜€

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    1. I find it frightening :p I just HAD to do that impression, because I’ve heard it so many times, and it never fails to make me laugh because I’m mean xD You’re so sweet!! I still have a lot of work to do, but that’s what I love about learning pronunciation, or a language in general. It’s a lifetime commitment. I am so so happy to read you say that, it’s so important for me, as English as always been something I’ve been proud of, and I am putting it out there after being “better than most” in my class, but knowing all or most of my readers and friends are natives, so I’m bound to sound different and I worry a lot about writing or saying the right thing… Haha, some nationalities are worse, believe me!!!!

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  18. HOW DID I MISS THIS??? YOU’RE ADORABLE!!!! I love your accent so much β™₯ English is my first language and I don’t even know how to pronounce everything πŸ˜‚ so you’re seriously doing amazing. Good luck with everything and I can’t wait to see more of these!!

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    1. NO YOU ARE ADORABLE!!!! Hahahaha, that made me laugh so much! It’s true that English not being a phonetic language makes it hard to know how to pronounce things at times!!!! Tomorrow’s vid is WAY TOO LONG so new rule learned: all under 5 minutes xD

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  19. OMG you’re French!!! I LOVE FRENCH. I have this strange obsession with everything French, to the extent that I actually went out of my way to get bookmarks with French phrases haha! I would love some help with it though, if that’s okay with you?

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  20. First of all, congratulations Meggy!!!! This has to be another huge accomplishment, cause, between you and me, 90% of bookworms on wordpress would probably never have even attempted a video!!! πŸ˜› I’m really happy for you and I’m glad you decided to explore this. It really seems like fun. To just talk about anything and everything, to even explore books through videos. I do hope you’ll have fun exploring this and not overthink about anything. Un pas Γ  la fois, right? πŸ˜€

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