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Your Language is Your Home

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

May 14, 2010

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Man holding a speech bubbleHave you ever thought of your language as being your home?

Wherever you go, your language goes with you. Sometimes it's one of the only things you can take with you when traveling to a foreign country!

Let's explore this idea a bit further and how voice over can help.

Home Sweet Home

When you are traveling abroad or are surrounded by people who speak a different language, it is easy to feel isolated or alone.

That being said, it is satisfying and comforting to hear someone speak in your own language, regardless of accent or dialect... and when this happens, it's almost like being home!

I had one such experience when waiting in a cafeteria line at the Louvre. When I ordered, I tried my best to do so in French but did struggle slightly when conveying what I wanted. The person next to me, who likewise tried ordering in French with a little English here and there, turned out to be a New Yorker.

Upon establishing this kindred familiarity, we had an animated and fluent conversation in English to the delight and amusement of onlookers who had watched us both struggling to communicate mere moments before.

People identify strongly with their language.

While New York is not my home, nor was Toronto theirs, our common language was the thread that unified, if for a moment, two travelers in a foreign land.

Other Ways To Connect With Language

Whether it's the written word or the spoken word, the communication of thoughts, ideas and conversation is always more effective when you can consume and relay sentiments in your native tongue.

It might only take one encounter with another person speaking your own language that makes a big difference in terms of how confident you are in your surroundings. Want some good news? This encounter can happen via a voice over, too!

One way native speakers of your language can interact with you is through a voice over recording. This is particularly true with regard to audio guides. Most audio guides feature at least 5 language options to accommodate visitors at museums, national parks, monuments and more.

Just imagine... your voice could be a HOME to someone who is in need!

Can You Relate?

If you've had an experience where an audio guide made you feel at home, share your story here as a comment.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Best wishes,

Stephanie

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Related Topics: Accent, audio guides, comfortable, French, home, Language, New York, voice overs


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    Language is such a strange thing. I've lived in Turkey for 10 years and yes I value the connections through the TV. It's wonderful how my son (4) has both a mother tongue and a father tongue. Beautiful how one so young can be bilingual and not seem to care which language he is speaking... so long as it does the job of communication... I appreciate that's little to do with this article, but wanted to share.

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