Has anyone else experienced this? Or has this phenomenon been discussed or studied? When living abroad and studying in ME, due to cultural/religious norms of the society; I'd have very few if any opportunity to engage in dialogue at any length with a woman. As result, when I did hear a woman speak it was harder for me to understand. I think it was due to female speech pattens and softer sounds/tones that I was rarely exposed to. The same could be said for speech of young children. Curious to hear others' experience with this.