I have been accused on more than one occasion that I "sound like a girl" when I speak Chinese. Needless to say this is a little embarassing and I would like to rectify the problem. I know the major reason is that most of the Chinese I have learned has been from female speakers, whether in person or in Chinesepod lessons.
So I'm wondering if any other guys out there have unintentionally developed this effeminate way of speaking Chinese and if so what did you do about it?
It does lead me to one suggestion for Chinesepod though, and that is to have more lessons voiced by a (native-speaking) male, not only the ones where you need male characters for the storyline. Also some lessons that directly tackle the topic of femenine vs. masculine speach.
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