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    Speak a little louder/loudly

    When we are talking on the phone and we can't hear the person talking on the other side either because of too much noise around you or if he/she is speaking quietly. And you want him/her to speak with a louder voice, how would you say that?

    Speak a little louder.
    Speak a little loudly.


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    Re: Speak a little louder/loudly

    Speak a little loudly would mean "speak loudly, but not very loudly." We wouldn't say that.
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    Re: Speak a little louder/loudly

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Speak a little loudly would mean "speak loudly, but not very loudly." We wouldn't say that.
    So speak a little louder should be used?

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    Re: Speak a little louder/loudly

    Yes. It would be rude, though, if you didn't include "please".
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    Re: Speak a little louder/loudly

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Yes. It would be rude, though, if you didn't include "please".
    Yes it would be, we show a lot of respect almost to everyone in our country while we speak Urdu, And if I literally translate any such sentence in English it will sound like exaggerated respect. :)

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    Re: Speak a little louder/loudly

    NOT A TEACHER

    This is what my teachers taught me.

    1. In ordinary conversation, one can say, "Please speak a little louder."

    a. The music is loud.
    b. The music is louder than necessary.
    c. The loudest music is coming from the house with the red roof.

    As you can see, "louder" is an adjective. What you need is an adverb to modify the verb "speak."

    NEVERTHELESS, native speakers have no problem with that sentence, for it is short and to the point."

    2. In very important writing, however, a few (some?) teachers might suggest using an adverb.

    Thus" "Would you please speak a little more loudly?"

    Mona speaks loudly.
    Mona speaks more loudly than Raul. (Regular conversation: Mona speaks louder than Raul.)
    Mona speaks the most loudly of all the students. (Regular conversation: Mona speaks the loudest of all the students.)

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    Re: Speak a little louder/loudly

    "Could you speak up a little, please?"
    "Could you speak a little more loudly, please?"
    "Is it possible for you to speak a bit louder? I'm having trouble hearing you."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Speak a little louder/loudly

    Quote Originally Posted by Aamir Tariq View Post
    Yes it would be, we show a lot of respect almost to everyone in our country while we speak Urdu, And if I literally translate any such sentence in English it will sound like exaggerated respect. :)
    It does indeed. You're probably aware that many American and European countries outsource much of their telephone customer support to call centers in India and Pakistan. This results in frequent culture-clashes as, for example, a Pakistani representative handles a call from an American. The better call centers train their representatives to try to follow American cultural norms, but training only goes so far.

    I've had conversations with representatives in the Indian subcontinent where it seemed like every other word was "sir". I understood that the person on the other end was following their customs, but I had to struggle to accept that they were merely being polite, not obsequious as it seemed from my perspective.
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    Re: Speak a little louder/loudly

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    1. In ordinary conversation, one can say, "Please speak a little louder."

    a. The music is loud.
    b. The music is louder than necessary.
    c. The loudest music is coming from the house with the red roof.

    As you can see, "louder" is an adjective. What you need is an adverb to modify the verb "speak."
    Your sentence 1 illustrates that louder is also an adverb. The common aphorism actions speak louder than words, attested as early as 1736, demonstrates that it's been in common use that way for several centuries.
    Last edited by GoesStation; 30-Mar-2016 at 17:10.
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    Re: Speak a little louder/loudly

    Let me give you an example of the level of courtesy one is showered with, If you ever come to Pakistan and talk to those who speak English in pure Pakistani way, You will just be amazed. That much respect is not even given to the President of a country in formal receptions.

    Respected Mr. GoesStation it is an honor to receive you this evening, we would like you to join us for dinner tonight to honor our house with your presence.

    But such conversations normally take place in Urdu. Where they may call you "dignified GoesStation" and things like that.

    As far as those who work at call centers are concerned they are familiar with American norms, there are many American call centers in Islamabad where they train their customer service representatives to develop American accents. Many Pakistani Americans are running those call centers here.

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