When we made Nice Talking With You, we wanted to get a professional sound that was different from standard textbooks. You know, professional voice actors, standing at the mic, script in hand — they have a sound that’s so overly familiar, you’d swear all the publishers use the same group of people. How about something fresh for the teachers who have to listen over & over?
So, I thought it would be cool to have teachers do all the voices. That’ll get a unique sound. I’m privileged to know some terribly talented teachers who have a flair for performing and a clear, credible voice. And so, let me introduce the voices behind the conversations in Nice Talking With You 1 & 2:
Suzanne Bonn from Nanzan University
Paul Crane from Nagoya University of Foreign Studies
Brad Deacon from Nanzan University
Jane Fancher from Nagoya University of Foreign Studies
Louise Haynes from Nagoya City University
Matt Lott from Nagoya University of Foreign Studies
Sarah Mulvey from Nanzan University
Tom Kenny from Nagoya University of Foreign Studies
Some of these faces and names will no doubt be familiar to teachers throughout Japan. As you can see, it’s kind of a Nagoya-foreign teachers thang goin’ on. It was great fun to do! Rob Hewer (also from Nanzan University) was the audio engineer for our Nagoya recording session, and he did a great job in the studio. Listen to any of the “Conversation Listening” files on the mp3 download pages on the Nice Talking With You website.
When students are listening, it might be fun for them to know that the actors in these professional recordings are teachers, just like you.