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Language tip of the week: speak loudly

Learn English with Macmillan DictionaryIn this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. In this series of language tips to accompany the Real Vocabulary theme we look at how you can expand your vocabulary in English by using different words and expressions instead of core vocabulary items.

This week’s tip looks at words and phrases you can use to talk about speaking loudly.



call to speak loudly to someone who is not near you:
Did you call me? ♦ Paul called to the waiter for another drink.
shout to say something in a loud voice, because you are angry or excited, or in order to make people hear you:
I can hear you perfectly well, there’s no need to shout. ♦ ‘I want to go now!’ Danny shouted at the top of his voice
call out to shout something, especially when you are trying to get someone’s attention:
In here,’ she called out. ♦ I tried to call out to him through the window.
speak up to speak more loudly in order to make people hear you:
You’ll have to speak up, we can’t hear you at the back. 
raise your voice to speak more loudly, especially because you are angry:
There’s no need to raise your voice. ♦ She can control a class of teenagers perfectly without ever raising her voice.
yell to say something in a loud voice, because you are angry, excited or in pain, or in order to make people hear you:
Her husband was yelling at her. ♦ We heard someone yelling for help.
scream to shout something in a loud high voice, because you are afraid, angry, excited, or in pain:
She heard Anna scream her name. ♦ Nobody heard them screaming for help. ♦ I felt like screaming at him.
shriek to say something in a very loud high voice, because you are so angry or upset that you cannot control yourself:
‘We are innocent,’ he shrieked as he was shoved into the van to be driven back to jail.

Did you know that Macmillan Dictionary includes a full thesaurus? This page lists more synonyms for the verb ‘shout‘.

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