22 Tips From Phone-Sex Operators To Up Your Dirty Talk

Illustrated by: Aimee Sy.
So, you’ve mastered the art of clever sexting exchanges. You’ve even been smart enough to store away some half-naked or fully naked shots (with or without your face, depending on your preference) for when you’re asked to send a dirty pic and you’re wearing sweats. While sexting might be the digital age’s form of tantric discussion, the seemingly ancient form of phone sex might seem out-of-date. But it’s not.
As more and more couples successfully navigate long-distance relationships and an increasing amount of people meet their partners online, phone sex can be a surprisingly sexy avenue to explore. Plus, opting for phone sex over an IRL experience can be a great way to mix things up for long-term partners. As phone-sex operator Jenny Ainslie-Turner says, phone sex is less about quick exchanges and more about a total-body experience.
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“People think it's just talking dirty on the phone,” Turner tells Refinery29. “What a lot of people don't realize is that the brain is the biggest sexual organ in the body. When you talk, breathe heavy, or moan, you’re doing this through a direct line to the brain.”
But if you need some help perfecting your dirty-talk repertoire and etiquette, don’t worry: We talked to a handful of phone-sex operators and got their best advice for upping your phone-sex game. These (ahem, detailed) tips will help you navigate any sexy call you’re on. Just try not to blush while you read them.
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“One of the coolest things about phone sex is that everything is happening in the realm of imagination, so anything is possible. Ever wanted to have sex upside-down in zero gravity on the International Space Station? Now’s your chance. In fantasy, you get to be a superhero, villain, rockstar, or a groupie. Description is everything in phone sex, so if you're creating a fantasy scenario, set the scene. Enrich it with sensory adjectives and really paint a picture with your words. Imagine you're telling your partner a sexy bedtime story and you want to make it as vivid as possible.” –Ashley M.
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Make a vocab list.

“I use caution around any kind of humiliation or name-calling without prior check-ins first. It might be super hot to call your partner a ‘naughty piglet,’ but they might hear that and get really upset or offended. Create a yes/no/maybe list of adjectives, verbs, and nicknames that are big turn-ons, and another that are big turn-offs, and a middle list that’s more neutral. Have your partner do the same, and see where interests overlap.” –Ashley M.
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Plan beforehand.

“Tell your partner you want to have phone sex before you actually do it to get the conversation rolling. It opens up an opportunity to talk about what you might want to explore, what phrases or words turn you on, and how to signal that you’re ready for phone sex to be over.” –Ashley M.
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Don’t be afraid to laugh.

“It’s normal to lose your train of thought or get distracted while you’re on the phone. If that happens, don’t panic! If you can’t laugh at yourself during sex, you’re already setting yourself up for a challenging time. When that happens, bring your attention back to your body and narrate what’s happening in the moment. I feel my heart pounding. My skin is flushed. I can feel throbbing between my legs.” –Ashley M.
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Read an erotic story.

“One thing I like to do to warm up is read an erotic story out loud to my partner. Since you’re on the phone, you can’t really tell the difference between making something up and reading, and it gets you used to saying dirty things without actually having to come up with them yourself. Be sure to choose an erotic story that your partner enjoys!” –Ashley M.
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Don’t expect cuddling after each time.

“Don’t be hurt if your partner wants to come and hang up. Understand how to launch them, then let them fly. If your partner’s the one giving you the pleasure, let the last sound they hear be the panting post-orgasmic shudder they love. Then hang up.” -Kathleen K.
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Don’t rush it.

“This is the ultimate tease. They can hear your voice describing every movement and deciding what you touch… Take your time with them. Build up the pressure as long as possible, and don’t be afraid to ease off for a few minutes before going back at it again. The delay technique will drive your partner absolutely wild.”

Reaghan Haide
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Talk about something you’ll actually do later.

“While you’re dirty talking, talk about something your partner wants you to wear. Then, actually show up wearing exactly that: those red panties, the silver pasties, or that leather skirt. When they see that you remember what they asked for, it echoes back to the call, and the thought of you getting ready to please them.”

Kathleen K.
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Don't be afraid to talk about things you'd never do.

“Agree to fantasize about things that are off limits — those words are powerful on their own. Let your partner confess the details of their desire to ravage your butt or shave your puss or suck your toes, so they at least have the thrill of saying so, even if they never get to do it.”

Kathleen K.
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Create characters to add dimension.

“Invent a former roommate who had loud, vigorous sex, and put those filthy, pleading words into a story about the night she did something crazy — like sleep with two people at the same time.”

-Kathleen K.
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Figure out your partner’s prefered vocabulary.

“Find out what words turns on your partner and use them. Avoid using words like the ‘c’ word if those words will make your phone sex lover uncomfortable.”

-Elaine Shuel
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Make sure your language is action-oriented.

“Shove that, shake those, grab and hold and twist, push it in, push it in — way in. That purr in your voice will be even breathier and insistent when you ask if [they] want you to spread wider, or clamp down like a vise.”

-Kathleen K.
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Don’t just sit there — move!

“Make it as real as possible. As your call is describing what you are doing to each other, picture it in your mind. When they’re kissing you, feel their kisses. As their tongue caresses your pussy's lips, squirm from the touch as you would if they were actually doing it to you.”

— Elaine Shuel
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Don’t only say “fuck.”

“There are so many more words than fuck. Use [other] dirty words for fucking, like ball-bang-bury. It feeds into their appetite for detail.”

Kathleen K.
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Use toys on yourself.

“Sex toys can be arousing during a call — I‘ve often used my magic wand or egg during calls. The sounds of the vibrations will heighten your enjoyment. That in turn, will magnify the reaction from the person on the other end of the line.”

Elaine Shuel
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Use more adjectives.

“Description is everything during phone sex. Use unexpected words... to describe [things like] the entry of a cock into your body. Encourage imagery with detail: Are you standing, kneeling, or bending over? Where are his strong arms and his powerful ass? Is she sipping at your tea-cup titties or motor-boating your stupendous boobs? Talk about your cunt-snatch-cooze-hole and his dick-prick-stick.”

Kathleen K.
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Wear something sexy.

“Go through your drawers and find something that makes you feel sexy. Even just putting on a sexy pair of panties can change how you feel, and that’s conveyed through your voice. Use it to your advantage.”

Reaghan Haide
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Surprise your partner when he/she first picks up the phone.

“When your partner answers the phone, sigh deep into their ear. Your partner will no doubt ask, ‘What's wrong?’ Tell them, ‘Nothing really. Just wish I was there with you, because I miss your breath on my neck.’ Sigh again, then say you miss their mouth on your hard nipple! Believe me, you will get their undivided attention.”

Jenny Ainslie-Turner
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Always be yourself.

“Your partner fell in love with you, so while the external trappings might be sexy, when you’re on the phone together, let your personality shine through. Accents or changing the pitch of your voice is temporary, but remember: Ultimately, this is about you and the person who loves you.”

Reaghan Haide
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Find your phone-sex voice and practice it.

“Your phone-sex voice isn’t like your normal voice. It is lower, slower, and it pauses. Your sound is sultry, [and it comes] from deeper in the throat and closer to the heart. Commit and establish that this is no ordinary conversation, that there will be plenty of pauses for moaning.”

Kathleen K.
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Make more noise than usual.

“Be as vocal as you could possibly be. You aren't acting, but you do want an exciting experience that culminates in a climax. It is difficult to be aroused by a silent lover, in reality and during phone sex.”

Elaine Shuel
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Get yourself in the mood.

“You have to relax and put yourself in a bit of a naughty mood. To do this, think of the last time you were together and made love or had sex or a quick kiss and cuddle. Phone sex is just saying what he did that you liked or how he touched you and how he made you feel. Now, think about those feelings and put them into words. So much easier on the phone instead of face-to-face.”

Jenny Ainslie-Turner
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