“It's funny: he's this big, burly guy but his voice is all soft and high-pitched.”

English Lesson: It's funny: he's this big, burly guy but his voice is all soft and high-pitched.

You're describing someone that you work with to a friend who's met him a few times. This coworker's voice doesn't fit how he looks.

It's funny: he's this big, burly guy but his voice is all soft and high-pitched.

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It's funny: (sentence)

Use this phrase to introduce something you've noticed which is interesting and unexpected. For example:

It's funny: I always thought that Drew was taller than you, but now I see that you're taller.

It's funny: when I was young I used to think that 40 was so old. Now I'm turning 40 myself, but I still feel like a kid in some ways.

a big, burly (man)

The word "burly" describes a man who is large and strong-looking. He might also have rough skin, a beard, and a big belly.

We often combine "burly" with "big":

He's a big, burly guy.

It's uncommon to call a woman "burly", even if she's big and strong.

a soft voice

If someone usually doesn't speak loudly, you can say that they have a "soft voice".

a high-pitched (sound)

Here are some sounds that are "high-pitched":

  • a flute
  • a female opera singer
  • a baby's voice
  • a whistle

Some "low-pitched" sounds include:

  • a bass guitar
  • the horn on a large truck
  • thunder