Noise
Are there any sounds that you like? Which sounds do you dislike? Do you think there's too much noise in modern society?
Vocabulary
  • Intrusive (adj.) - affecting someone in a way that annoys them and makes them feel uncomfortable.
  • Jolt (verb) - to (cause something or someone to) move suddenly and violently.
  • Commute (verb) - to make the same journey regularly between work and home.
  • Clatter (verb) - to make continuous loud noises by hitting hard objects against each other, or to cause objects to do this.
  • Grunt (verb) - (of a person) to make a short, low sound instead of speaking, usually because of anger or pain.
  • Despise (verb) - to feel a strong dislike for someone or something because you think that that person or thing is bad or has no value.
  • Go off (phrasal verb) - if a device goes off, it starts to ring loudly or make a loud noise.
Questions and answers
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M: Do you mind different noises Rory?

R: Not if they are overly intrusive, no. Of course, something like a loud bang will give anyone quite a fright or jolt them out of whatever they're doing. But generally, I'm quite good at filtering out distractions.

M: What types of noise do you come across in your daily life?

R: Well, I teach kids so screaming and loud chattering are quite common from day to day. And during the commute there are the normal traffic signs. I suppose lastly at the gym, there's the usual clattering, crashing and grunting as people go about their routines as well.

M: Are there any sounds that you like?

R: The sound of silence? I am not sure, actually. Uh, possibly... Oh, I know, the sound the printer makes when it gets ready to print, although that's just reassuring that it's working. I quite like the sound of the sea and gentle crashing of the waves. That's quite pleasant, isn't it?

M: Which sounds do you dislike?

R: Like most people I don't like it when I'm being talked over. So any interruption like that is always a bother. As as anything loud and distracting. Smashing glass is another one. And then there are sounds like nails being dragged across a blackboard that gives you goose bumps.

M: Disgusting. Even just talking about it. Describe a noisy place that annoys you.

R: Um, the modern languages department at school gets quite low when grade five are acting up. And I really despise that since it means someone isn't doing their job or looking after them, and that usually means they'll get up to no good. Oh, and any cinema in Russia. I lose people talking at the theater and it seems to be like a feature of Russian cinemas for some reason.
M: Do you think there's too much noise in modern society?

R: Uh, generally, yes. It's harder to remove yourself from distractions these days. There are always phones going off or some other sort of excess noise, maybe from building work, for example. That's probably a side effect of a growing population, increased levels of development and the invention of new technologies.
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