27 episodes

A podcast for language-nerds, theatre-nerds, and plain old nerd-nerds.

Dialect Coach Carrie Hardin helps actors with all kinds of things —whether it’s cramming to learn an accent before that audition, or just figuring out whatever the hell Shakespeare was talking about during this weird part of the play with a bear in it. The questions are always different, but there’s one answer that’s always the same —your voice is amazing.

You Talk Funny Carrie Hardin

    • Arts

A podcast for language-nerds, theatre-nerds, and plain old nerd-nerds.

Dialect Coach Carrie Hardin helps actors with all kinds of things —whether it’s cramming to learn an accent before that audition, or just figuring out whatever the hell Shakespeare was talking about during this weird part of the play with a bear in it. The questions are always different, but there’s one answer that’s always the same —your voice is amazing.

    AAE for the SLP

    AAE for the SLP

    I spoke to Mecca Lewis from AAE for the SLP, about her work as a speech language pathologist, an unintentional spokesperson for African American English, and why the way she talks definitely isn’t “slang.”

    • 22 min
    Turn on, tune in, (the) Dropout

    Turn on, tune in, (the) Dropout

    Why do we care as much about Elizabeth Holmes’ voice as we do about all the fraud and deception? What is it about her voice, and the idea of “authenticity,” and exactly how does Amanda Seyfried manage to sound like her in the new Hulu series The Dropout?

    • 37 min
    Inventing “Inventing Anna”

    Inventing “Inventing Anna”

    In the new Shonda Rhimes/Netflix true crime melodrama: “Inventing Anna,” Julia Garner plays real life fraudster-cum-socialite Anna Sorokin, and attempts her hodgepodge of an accent.
    So, what IS this accent, exactly? Where did it come from, and did Garner manage to pull it off?

    • 35 min
    Very British Villains

    Very British Villains

    Have you ever wondered why so many villains in American movies speak with British accents? Is it just a coincidence, or is there something more going on?


    If you have a dialect question you can write to me at carriehardintalksfunny@gmail.com

    • 36 min
    Under Quarantine

    Under Quarantine

    Where did we get the term “Quarantine?” Is that different from “Lockdown” or “isolation?” Will I ever be allowed to leave my house again?

    • 7 min
    Folk Etymologies

    Folk Etymologies

    Everyone loves a good story, but it seems like all the best ones are made up. That’s where Folk Etymologies come in, or the fake stories of how these words didn’t actually originate.

    • 33 min

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