July 27, 2005

  • I’ve decided it’s not my imagination, nor a coincidence.  For ages
    it’s come to my attention that when the boys speak in Russian, their
    voices are deeper than when they speak in English.  It’s quite
    noticeable when there are three or four of ‘em in the car.

    I wonder why that is? 

Comments (5)

  • It could be because the boys you are hearing speak in Russian are now 13, 14, and 15, and not 10, 11, and 12, like they were when you first started hearing boys speak in Russian!  (It happens with them, too, Anne!)

  • It could be the “cool” factor, too. Boys together tend to have much more of a sense of being cool than when they’re speaking to family. Our two 13 year olds do the same thing, although not in Russian, of course.


  • Possibilities, of course, but I wonder if it’s because they needn’t “think” when speaking Russian, whereas English requires more conscious effort. When people are under stress, don’t their voices tend to be higher?

    OTOH, perhaps it’s because of how Russian is pronounced.

    Dunno…it’s really quite strange, however.

  • I think it is the way you form your mouth to pronounce the words. I speak a little Russian, and my voice is also lower when I speak. It’s like when you say “Hi, my name is Anne” in English, your voice goes up when you say your name, but in Russian the voice goes lower when you say your name.

  • That makes sense, then. Thanks for the info!

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