Well add Amy Bravo to one of my favorite hosts…..what a breath of fresh air….she gets in to the details of the product….Bill Green and Bobbie Ray Carter are my other two favorites….
I liked the ‘Older’ lady also. I can’t recall her name at the moment, but she was sweet and genuine. I think she was doing a Great job. HSN, can you Please BRING HER BACK.
Sorry, but her voice and accent are extremely annoying. I will not watch her.
I liked the older lady who is no longer there. What happened to her? I’m afraid I cannot tolerate the new one with the heavy accent and a voice that grates on me like squeaky chalk on a blackboard. I have to turn her off every time she’s on.
@dubuquerams, hello to you also! Thanks ever so much for your editing tips. I didn’t know that feature was available on this blog site. I’m accustomed to posting on blogs that do not permit editing. I’m not a very good typist and I’ll always have typos. I have found it to be very difficult to see my own typos, regardless of how much I try to avoid them. Thanks again and have a nice evening!
I am not a big fan of hers. I just cannot understand anything she says. I would agree with some. Perhaps she needs to slow down that might help. Speaking incorrect english is very hard for me to listen to, on TV and in person. I keep finding myself correcting them in my head which for me is exhausting. Hopefully HSN listens to the group. I am sure she is a lovely women, but we need to bea bale to understand her.
oh geez, here am I expounding on language and I wrote *their* instead of *there* on 2nd para., line 3. I think there are some typos also. Please excuse. Thanks.
After reading some of the comments on this topic, I’d like to add my two cents.
For what it’s worth, I also feel that Americans who speak the English language, as their primary language, should not have to feel as though we are in the minority.
I believe the 26th President, Roosevelt, succinctly stated (not verbatim) that it is incumbent on the Immigrant to learn the English language spoken in this country, which is the official language of this nation, and their can be no other principal language, but only the English languge.
I become angry when there is a carte blanche statement used, vis-a-vis, mostly by those who are immigrants, that Americans don’t know how speak the English language, and that opens a whole can of worms, because the answer would not be nice. I feel it is very unfair to those of us who do speak properly, and the bad grammar is mostly used by the ESL speakers. At this point, I’m not pointing fingers at any one immigrant per se, but, as a whole, it is the ESL speaker who’s responsible for the degradation of our official language. I find that ESL speakers latch onto the slang pseudo-English language used nowadays to be their speech, words such as gonna, wanna, and a host of other words, which they seem to think is proper speech. It is their responsibility to attend ESL classes and make a concerted effort to improve upon their speech, diction and intonation.There are people who do not know the difference between making a statement and asking a question. For example, ask some one their name and instead of hearing the answer as a statement, in reply, the intonation makes the answer sound as if they are asking a question, where their tone goes up question-like instead of statement toned.
I feel that Amy Bravo personifies what I’m talking about in the above paragraphs. She can improve her diction, intonation and proper word enunciation by taking some ESL classes or work with a voice and English coach. Properly enunciatiing simple words will make a huge difference. There isn’t any need for cliche phrases or other unnecessary large words. Those of you who have seen the play and movie, MY Fair Lady, will understand what I’m saying .Sometimes we have to invest time and money to make money. There aren’t any shortcuts.
I love diversity and I like accents. But language is our meeting place and our common denominator. If one is to be before a large public audience, the accents Must be tamed and toned enough for the general English – Speaking audience to understand you.
If I sit in front of the TV and concentrate .. Yes I can understand 90 to 100% of what she says. But no one watch or listens to TV in that manner. If I’m cooking, reading, doing nails, relaxing, eating etc. – Then that goes down to 50%.
Wolfgang has an accent but he is easily understood. I think that Shivan has an accent … But I have no problem in understanding everything that she says. Connie has somewhat of an accent, I can understand her. Adam has an accent – :smileyhappy:!
And .. the issue isn’t as much diversity as it is Proper Diction. Every job is not for every person. There are innumerable people born and reared in this country who should not be employed in such capacity as a televised host.
I have two different speech patterns. I use one with my family and old friends. The other, I use in public or business settings. Many of you would Not uderstand me if I spoke in my first pattern, but all of you would easily understand my 2nd pattern.
The burden is on the Speaker to be clear. It is Not on the listeners.
Every job has its requirements that could exclude some of us. Models, athletes, Singers possess some attributes many of us just do not have. However there are some things that we can ‘work on’ and bring ourselves up to standard. Public speaking for hosting is something that we can work on. The accents are Not cute if you can not be understood. Work on it!
I work with all kinds of ethnic groups, And just my opinion but I like her! I saw her this morning and
I thought the show was just fine! it was Slinky:smileyhappy:
I am a True blooded American!
Tonight I saw Amy Bravo for the first time and found it hard to stay with the channel for over 30 minutes. I could not understand a word she said. I watch HSN to relax and if I have to strain and pay extra attention just to know what is being sold, then it is no longer relaxing. Not a fan of Amy Bravo.
She is stunning ! I think she will be a great host. She does give details and seems to actually know what she is presenting. . :womanhappy: Of course she needs to be understood. I really have no problem understanding her but slowing down would be advisable. Bill Green is the very best …..so follow his example …jus sayin
I really appreciate her enthusiasm, and she seems like a wonderful person, but, I wish would she would slow down a bit, I have a VERY difficult time understanding her. Maybe it’s just nervous energy making her talk so fast and stringing her words together. I really want to purchase from her, but not if I can’t understand her.
I’M SORRY TO SAY I HAVEN’T SEEN HER YET, EXCEPT BRIEFLY ON COLLEEN’S SHOW A FEW WKS AGO. WHEN IS SHE ON? SEEMS LIKE A LOVELY PERSON. AND I LOVE HOSTS WHO EXPLAIN (!!!!) THINGS.
I like Amy Bravo better than Shannon Fox, who is often scant on product details. Amy is hard to understand at times, but she comes across as more authentic than Shannon Fox.
Amy Bravo is a beautiful young host with a lot going for her. However, IMO anyone who really has her best interests in mind will acknowledge that she has to work on her accent. That is not a slam but good advice. I admire her for learning a second languge and having the guts to pursue her American dream. Still, I find her hard to understand at times.
I can’t begin to fathom why Amy wouldn’t just get to work on this. Maybe it’s because I had to take broadcast journalism as part of my studies in print journalism that I look at this with a different eye. I teamed up with a lovely student from South Africa for our class projects, so we both had pronounced accents. Mine was a thick Boston accent. She wanted me to narrate, although she had the more attractive accent, but I drew the line at appearing on camera! Since I was just fulfilling a degree requirement, I didn’t find it necessary to work on my accent, but that would have been mandatory if I’d wanted a career in front of the camera.
Seriously, I can’t imagine why Amy would be oversensitive about this advice to work on her accent for clarity. It’s not as if she has to get rid of it entirely. I think it is good advice that will stand her in good stead in the years to come. As for the insulting comments, some of the biggest names in the media had far worse said to them when they were starting out. If Amy doesn’t have a thick skin yet, she will develop one. Work on your accent, Amy, and keep being your sweet, beautiful self. Ignore your detractors.
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10.18.15 7:16 AM