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Table of contents
  1. Speech Patterns
    1. Gendered patterns
    2. Example
    3. Use of emotive phrases to train intonation and emphasis

Speech Patterns

Gendered patterns

Typical behaviours associated with feminine voices:

  • higher range of intonation
  • more frequent intonation
  • use of tempo to vary speech
  • emphasis with high pitch intonation
  • (not always) vocal creak (not fry) at the end of speech segments
  • use of pitch and airflow to get more volume

Typical behaviours associated with masculine voices:

  • intonation is more stable and less range
  • less frequent intonation
  • not much tempo change
  • use of vocal weight and volume for emphasis
  • sometimes downward intonation often into vocal fry
  • use of vocal weight to get more volume


A random example of intonation just to show how different it can be when masculine and feminine voices are compared. Intonation

Use of emotive phrases to train intonation and emphasis

You can use an emotive phrase to get into the ‘character’ of the voice you’re going for. Choose something that you can really overact, you can always dial it back later.

  • I can’t believe they said that!
  • Oh my god that is so cute I love it!
  • What!? Why would you say that!?
  • Uhhhg I can’t believe this is taking so long. Get on with it already!
  • I’ll take two donuts. Actually, why not, I deserve it! I’ll take six.
  • Where did you get that dress? It’s beautiful!