VLOG: how to pronounce my name + other cool stuff

Have you been wondering how to pronounce my name?
Check out the video and I'll tell you how, plus I'll tell you a little bit about where I am from and why my voice sounds the way it does.  I've been seeing these regional dialect videos popping up all over the place and I decided, ya know, I should jump on board with this.  Check it.  And yes, I felt like I was on the verge of laughing for the entire time that i was filming. :)
Ps. I mentioned my friend Allie's blog.  Go check her out.  She is one of my besties!

Play Along:

Say these words:

Aunt, Route, Wash, Oil, Theater, Iron, Salmon, Caramel, Fire, Water, Sure, Data, Ruin, Crayon, Toilet, New Orleans, Pecan, Both, Again, Probably, Spitting image, Alabama, Lawyer, Coupon, Mayonnaise, Syrup, Pajamas, Caught

Now answer these questions:

What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?

What is the bug that when you touch it, it curls into a ball?

What is the bubbly carbonated drink called?

What do you call gym shoes?

What do you say to address a group of people?

What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped body and extremely long legs?

What do you call your grandparents?

What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket?

What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining?

What is the thing you change the TV channel with?


Allie said...

Hahaha, love it! And thanks for the shout-out! It's called "Novocaine" duuuuuuuuuuuuh

Chelsea said...

I loved every second of that! It was so funny:) you're adorable and I love your name

Liz said...

It's official. I'm pretty much obsessed with you.

Lily Nichols said...

That was so funny and pretty! Your name is BEAUTIFUL!

When it rains and the sun is shining, it's called, "the devil is beating his wife." But I'm in the deep south, so...

Kate@oh Knit! said...

You are adorable!


Mattie Babb said...

Hi, Moorea! I'm Mattie. I'm a new reader. Loved watching this video!! Love your humor, and I'm very proud of you for pronouncing New Orleans correctly ;) (I'm from Baton Rouge!).
Have a good day!

Sara Kate said...


Donna said...

you're so cute! & I've been saying your name right all along. go me! :)

kelly ann said...

you're kind of the raddest. ever. i liked this. i like you. and i like the thing in your hair. i want it.

and thank youuuu for making it known that there is more to california than beaches and tan people (i am not one of them) and hollywood and all that stuff. i spent a lot of my childhood in the mountains and i LOVE it, it's dear to my heart. people should know that there is actually snow and weather and mountains and forests in this great state. ;) and i say soda, too. pop? wha? no. it's soda. the end.

Mary Beth Brown said...

super glad i stumbled across your blog tonight! i'm trying to plan a video blog for a travel writing contest and needed a bit of inspiration! and i love the work you've done for freckled nest... i'm hoping to redesign my blog sometime this year and might be contacting you!

Suburban Sweetheart said...

LOVE that you picked your own name!

- Tee-peeing
- Potato bug
- POP!!!
- Tennis shoes
- "Hey"???
- I HAVE NO IDEA... I hate spiders so much.
- Grandma & Grandpa
- Cart
- I don't think there's a word for that...?
- Remote

This is very confusing. Some of these I don't know the answer to. But I'm glad you don't say "warsh." Or pronounce "ruin" as "roon." That drives me insane.

becky said...

This is awesome, Moorea! I always love to see videos of the people whose blogs I follow because it's always a nice surprise to hear how they actually sound! The new headbands are beautiful as well. :]

Vanessa said...

Haha I loved capital LOVED your video. So funny! And you are so cute. P.s I love your name. The end.


Vanessa said...

Also, I like you even more knowing you grew up so close to Tahoe! I grew up in Reno, Nevada which was about 30 minutes from Tahoe. I miss it. Alright I'm talking too much. BAI.

Diana said...

you also forgot to mention that not everyone in california is tan and blonde
and you're a babe.

Alyssa said...

Haha, I loved watching your video - and super interesting story about your name. It's funny how people think that California is all 80 degree weather all the time, beaches, sunshine and celebrities. I prefer the mountained and wooded area of California, with less people, so much more over that :)

jamie said...

this is the cutest video ive ever seen

Laura Belle said...

you lady, are adorable. but I don't detect one ounce of an accent. sounds perf!

Sarah said...

i've watched a few of these and you totally win the cuteness award. think you're like 100 times more awesome now :)

Brooke said...

NO it's POP! ;) loved this!

A Lost Feather said...

haha too funny!
my friends and i were just arguing over the pronunciation of some words tonight (upstate NY=them vs downstate NY=me!)

Anonymous said...

haha, seriously so cute :) loved it!

Silvitanova said...

What a nice post moorea! Hip hairband!

Katie said...

You're so funny! I love your voice :D

Dacia@TheRufflyOwl said...

I enjoyed this! Like I tweeted, I want to do one now ESPECIALLY to show how my name is pronounced, no one EVER gets it right at first. :)

ps-I knew how to say yours right, woohooo

a day with kate said...


and i agree w/ kelly ann. definitely SODA :) where does this pop nonsense come into play? right on the border of CA and OR? haha. it's so interesting to see the difference in how people pronounce words, or what they call certain things, simply based on region! love it.

Anonymous said...

Haha cute. People in Utah call SODA pop all the time. It was a pet peeve when I was living there. I want to do one! It'll have to wait though, we're about to move.

"What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining?" I've always called them sun showers.

Heaven said...

Yeah I don't understand when people say "pop". It still hasn't stuck with me. I mean...a balloon pops? Pop Goes the Weasel? Soda from a soda CAN makes sense :).

Ciera said...

Hello! Love your blog. You pronounced everything the same way as I would. I am from New Orleans and you even got that one right! I can't stand when people say Nawlins. I just moved to Boston... now THESE people have weird pronunciations!

And here are my answers:
- Roll or TP
- Doodle Bug
- Soda
- Tennis Shoes
- Y'all
- Daddy Long Legs
- Maw Maw and Paw Paw
- Shopping Cart
- Pretty
- Remote

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larissa said...

You are hilarious! I seriously laughed the entire time. I'm jealous you not only got to pick your own name but that you picked such a pretty one =]

sunnie fairy said...

I love your name and voice! Great vlog :)

elycia said...

you're silly, hehe. i have been meaning to tell people how to pronounce my name in my videos but i never remember! like yours, mine is a tough one and all my life people have found interesting ways to pronounce it.

Megan V said...

Wow I am so glad that you pronounced your gorgeous name for us!! I was pronouncing it as Moor-ray and I love how YOU say it SO much better. Quite good name choosing taste for a 9 year old!!!
It's so strange that your 'accent' is a blend of Brittish, Californian and Washingtonian... yet I feel like you pronounce everything pretty much exactly how I do and I'm from Michigan! I'll have to do this too and see if people think I sound Cannadian since I'm from Northern Michigan. We get that sometimes.

shaina said...

this vlog was so much fun!! i think i might have to brave my first vlog every and play along someday soon. :)

San said...

I love that you picked your own name.... and such a pretty one!
This was fun! Thanks for sharing ... you!

skarletgrrl said...

Super cute! We pretty much pronounce everything the same, I grew up in southern CA!

Marissa Maharaj said...

you're hilarious. you remind me of ingrid michaelson on stage and i love it. xo

Vixie said...

Awesome sauce! I'm sure my British accent would sound pretty weird if I did one of these myself... tempting...!

Lana said...

Haha, Love the little geography lesson :) Dying to get to the West Coast of the States... someday!!

Gabriela said...

What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?

What is the bug that when you touch it, it curls into a ball?

What is the bubbly carbonated drink called?

What do you call gym shoes?

What do you say to address a group of people?

What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped body and extremely long legs?

What do you call your grandparents?

What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket?

What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining?

What is the thing you change the TV channel with?

Ash said...

So lucky that you got to pick your own name! My name is Ashley and I have never thought it fit me properly either. My mom's favorite saop opera character was Ashley so that's where I got it. I also once had 7 other Ashley's in a math class with me in middle school which was pretty annoying.

You are too cute and way funny girly. :)

Anonymous said...

Love your sense of humour, love your silliness, can't believe I have been living so long without your blog! Nice to meet you Moorea!

Alycia (thecuriouspug.com) said...

aw you are so cute! i call the carbonated drink soda too! i went to college in buffalo ny and they all said pop. i was like, nooo its soda! hehe

Rhianne said...

I watched this after reading your bullying post and I can totally see why the man gave you the note, you are captivating to watch and so pretty!

I love that you changed your name, I've always liked having a different name myself.

Kayla said...

Very cute post!

I have to answer the "What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining?" question. From as far back as I can remember, my parents would always tell me "The Devil is beating his wife!" so that's what I say when the sun is shining and it's raining. :) From several trips up North (I'm an East Texan), I've come to learn this is a more Southern saying. As stereotypical as this may sound, I do also say "y'all" for a group of people and call most any carbonated drink "Coke."

Anonymous said...

I love it... fanastic... i just had to share here in Australia we say it a SUNSHOWER "when rain falls while the sun is shining"

Maine said...

That's so awesome! I wish my mom would allow me to change my name. Haha.

Je suis une monstre said...

Really enjoyed this Moorea, there has been much mystery surrounding the pronounciation of your name, and also your accent! Thanks for the video, make me smile a whole lot!

By the way - "What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining?"


(Don't ask me why - it's what my boyfriend's Grandpa said to him when he was a little boy!)

Katie. xxx

Jennifer M. said...

Fun! I think we say a lot of things the same way (except that it IS called pop!). ;P I have always lived in Oregon, so I think a lot of it is pretty regional.