I'm currently writing a book in English, which is not my first language, and I just can't find the right word for talking with your voice raised, except for shouting and yelling..

"Alejandro, come talk to your dad on the phone," she ... from the living room.

I don't know which word fits the blank; said is too simple/boring and doesn't express the tone of the voice as much as the other words, but yelled and shouted are too aggressive.. I also thought of 'called out', but I'm not sure..

I'm really confused, someone help me..

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    Just 'called' is fine here ('called out' is rather less convivial-sounding). 'Call' can often be a useful quotative verb. Commented Aug 7, 2020 at 16:04
  • 1
    Boomed or announced or other words of grandeur could work. Commented Aug 7, 2020 at 16:19
  • A loud voice . . .
    – Xanne
    Commented Aug 7, 2020 at 19:29
  • In such a plainly neutral context, yell and shout actually don't strike me as very aggressive at all. Yelling to someone just indicates an increase in volume, yelling at someone indicates some level of aggression. Commented Aug 7, 2020 at 19:35
  • English has so many colorful verbs that would fit here. Detective stories/thrillers are full of them.
    – Lambie
    Commented Aug 7, 2020 at 21:35

2 Answers 2

  • she bellowed from the living room. [strong, in a deep voice]
  • she sang out from the living room. [loud but easy to hear]
  • she trilled from the living room. [like a bird]
  • she called out from the living room [loud but not shouting, commonly used]
  • she intoned from the living room [to utter in singing tones]
  • she urged him from the living room [to encourage, slight anxiety]

Sorry, I am not going to do the dictionary thing today.

You should choose a word that matches the mother's personality.


How about the verb, to project.

project, verb

cause (a sound, especially the voice) to be heard at a distance.

When someone is being loud, not yelling, but their voice goes very far and is loud to those near, they are "projecting their voice." It would not be incorrect to simply say, "project" and drop "their voice."

"Alejandro, come talk to your dad on the phone," she projected from the living room.

Otherwise, perhaps just use an adverb like loudly to modify "called out," "said," etc.

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