Saturday, 10 December 2011
Objective Proficiency p 71. Living in the City. Extra Listening
a buzz - a low, continuing sound, like machines and insects make. E.g. There was a buzz of conversation in the audience.
to bleep - E.g. My phone bleeps whenever I get a text message
a bleep - a short, high sound, which electronic devices make. E.g. That bleep means that my battery is dying.
to hum - I can hear something humming in the kitchen. Did you leave the dishwasher on?
a hum - a low, continuous sound. E.g. There's a problem with my TV. It's making a loud hum.
a rumble - We saw the lightning, then we heard the rumble of thunder in the distance.
to rumble - to make a long deep sound or series of sounds. E.g. The train rumbled down the track.
a rustle - is a soft, dry, moving sound like the sound of the wind. E.g. There was a rustle in the bushes, then the fox appeared.
to rustle - He rustled the pages of the newspaper.
14. teenage kids
16. heart monitor
17. wheels of a truck
18. rough ground
Poor Oliver hates the city. There are too many cars zooming around and honking their horns, music blaring in shops, machines buzzing and bleeping… even at night.
These are example of onomatopoeia: words that sound like the thing they describe.
There are lots of onomatopoeic words in English and they are fun to learn. Join Rob and Catherine as they help you understand what Oliver is complaining about.