why not men?

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why not men?

Post by guitarplayer7694 » Mon 12.17.2007 2:13 pm

In the audio example of every language software I have ever head it is predominately females, why is this?

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Post by miho-sempai » Mon 12.17.2007 2:15 pm

That's a good question.

I've some French and Japanese ones, and they seem to be mostly female. Some of the Japanese podcasts I have are male, though... interesting.
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RE: why not men?

Post by Kdar » Mon 12.17.2007 3:50 pm

In Pimsleur Japanese.
I think there was both male and female voices.

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Post by two_heads_talking » Mon 12.17.2007 4:07 pm

I remember hearing once that women tend to enunciate better and they are easier to understand.

of course, as for me, i think they sound much more appealing to listen to.

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RE: why not men?

Post by Adriano » Mon 12.17.2007 4:10 pm

I´ve heard a lot of podcasts that the locutor is female.
One example is the http://www.machigai.com

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Post by guitarplayer7694 » Mon 12.17.2007 5:07 pm

two_heads_talking wrote:
I remember hearing once that women tend to enunciate better and they are easier to understand.

of course, as for me, i think they sound much more appealing to listen to.


quite the Casanova aren't we. lol

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Post by Adriano » Mon 12.17.2007 5:35 pm

ops.. MALE & FEMALE :P

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Post by two_heads_talking » Wed 12.19.2007 3:33 pm

guitarplayer7694 wrote:
two_heads_talking wrote:
I remember hearing once that women tend to enunciate better and they are easier to understand.

of course, as for me, i think they sound much more appealing to listen to.


quite the Casanova aren't we. lol


well, having been married for 17 years, I don't know if it's Casanova of me or just that it's been whipped into me brain.. lol

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Post by Hatori » Wed 12.19.2007 4:31 pm

Because boys are mean and rough. You can listen to the women more easily when you WANT to. ;) :p
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Post by revolutionary » Wed 12.19.2007 5:35 pm

Well, in my CDE class, we learned that humans are psychologically more inclined to listen to female voices. Probably has something to do with servival instincts. Mom=food. That's why babies pay more attention to high voices, and that's probably why even men raise the pitch of their voice when they speak to infants.

This has actually been proven through research as well, but I'm too lazy to give sources now.
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Post by Kuri » Sun 12.23.2007 10:33 pm

I think I was watching "Can you speak American?" or some such programme, and they mentioned that a particular company (I forgot which) chose a female voice because the men and women in the panel felt like a male voice was speaking down to them, instructing them, and the female voice was more generally associated with helping them, serving them.

Sort of spotty memory but either way I'll take gender roles for 2000
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