Thursday, February 9, 2012

"Nice filter"

So today, I was chatting with some fellow ComD students, and one of them suddenly said to me, "You have a really nice filter!"  Now, my initial reaction was to wonder what on earth she was talking about.  But it only took me a nanosecond to realize that she must be in Speech Science and was therefore talking about my vocal filter.  In Speech Science, you learn about how the larynx (i.e. your vocal folds) is the source for your voice---it provides the sound.  And you learn that the vocal tract and articulators (i.e. throat, mouth, tongue, teeth, lips, etc.) are the filters that shape the sound into what we hear when someone speaks.

So when all was said and done, this girl was complimenting me on my voice.  And she went on to clarify as such.  She told me that I just have a beautiful, clear voice and that she's always noticed it and liked it.  It was one of those "you know you've been in ComD too long when..." moments: the fact that she gave the compliment by saying "you have a nice filter" and that I actually understood it.  :)  She seemed a little embarrassed after she said it, but honestly, I really appreciated it.  I don't know that I've ever had someone compliment me on my voice, at least not on my typical speaking voice.  It made my day.  :)

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