Is there a word or expression that describes a person who avoids speaking too loudly?

As in: After dating a girl who spoke so loudly all the time I had to frequently remind her to use her "inside voice", it is such a pleasure to be with Sally because she is so _________ and easy on my ears.

Words like "polite" and "courteous" come to mind, but they refer to an overall demeanor that is pleasant to be around. If there isn't a single word or expression that indicates that someone avoids speaking too loudly, what would be a succinct way to describe this?

  • I would simply reword your sentence: "..., it is such a pleasure to be with Sally and her quiet voice."
    – JLG
    Commented Feb 6, 2018 at 15:49

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The word I'd use is soft-spoken, which can be applied to people (as in your sentence) or voices:

Speaking or said with a gentle, quiet voice.
Oxford Dictionaries

  • Thanks. That is definitely closer to what I was looking for, more so that "courteous" or "polite". The disadvantage to "soft-spoken" here is that it would also imply that a speaker is reserved in the meaning of what he says as well as in the delivery. Commented Feb 5, 2018 at 17:54

modulates like... sally who modulates,and is easy

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    Welcome to ELU. Just check the word in a good dictionary and if you like the meanings, update the answer.
    – Kris
    Commented Feb 5, 2018 at 9:56

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