When you are speaking to someone and this person is speaking at a low volume and you almost can't hear it, usually you would ask something like this: Could you please speak louder?.

What if the situation is the opposite? The person is speaking too loud and you want it to lower the volume? I can only imagine asking like this: Could you please speak in a lower volume?. Is there any shorter way to say this?

Thanks a lot.

2 Answers 2


Amadan's answer is the most neutral and polite way to ask, but there are plenty of other things you could say:

  • Lower your voice, please. --slightly rude, even with the "please"
  • Tone it down! --somewhat rude
  • Use your "inside voice". --ok to use on small children, very rudely condescending otherwise
  • Do you want the world to know? --very rude and sarcastic
  • Speak up, the people in [neighboring city] couldn't hear you. --very rude and sarcastic
  • Not so loud! --somewhat rude
  • Gahhh! My eardrums! --extremely rude
  • I'd personally word the first one as "Could you please lower your voice", as it sounds more polite. My common response is "AAHHH! THE BELLS! THE BELLS!" though.
    – Amber
    Mar 20, 2014 at 14:13
  • The examples you have listed are all slightly rude. Could you give me some examples on where it is polite, even understanding, of someone's loud voice, but you want them to lower it? Mar 20, 2014 at 16:39
  • @theGreenCabbage, Amadan's answer (or a variation of it) is the polite way to go. Also the tone of voice in which you make the request is a large factor in just how rude it will be perceived as. "A little softer, please?" is perfectly fine if said gently but can be rude if spoken as a demand with the "please" just tacked on as an afterthought.
    – Hellion
    Mar 20, 2014 at 17:02
  • Sometimes my roommate may be a bit loud at night while I am sleeping (I am fairly susceptible to noise while sleeping), so I want a polite way to remind them that I am both sleeping and that they are a bit loud :). Mar 20, 2014 at 17:06
  • @theGreenCabbage, for an informal environment like that, "keep it down out there, please!" (if said with good humor) should be perfectly acceptable. Alternatively, a pair of earplugs may save you a lot of potential strife.
    – Hellion
    Mar 20, 2014 at 17:10

Could you please speak more softly?

is the closest parallel to your

Could you please speak louder?


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