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(Updated on 07/09/2013)

Related pages :


Onomatopoeia - Sounds / Sound effects -
- Cinema (vocabulary and activities)
Listening comprehension - Pronunciation


Sounds :

  • Where is the world’s noisiest city?
    "The ‘ignored pollutant’ can cause depression, stress, diabetes and heart attacks. What are cities doing to curb excess noise?...
    The World Health Organisation (WHO) has described noise pollution as an underestimated threat that can cause hearing loss, cardiovascular problems, cognitive impairment, stress and depression. Some experts go further: they believe exposure to environmental noise could be slowly killing us."


    Guangzhou, China, has been ranked as having the worse levels of noise pollution in the world

  • A Point of View: The tyranny of unwelcome noise
    "Honking horns. Household appliances that beep. Other people's music. Should we turn down the volume, or get better at concentrating in a noisy world, asks historian Lisa Jardine."



  • Hotel starts "snore patrol" - in northern England
    "Crowne Plaza is trialing the first "snore absorption" rooms at 10 hotels in Europe and the Middle East,
    whilst six branches in Britain have implemented "snore patrols" this month in a bid to combat noisy sleepers.
    "Snore monitors" patrol corridors in the designated quiet zones of Crowne Plaza hotels in the cities of London, Leeds and Manchester.
    Their job is to listen out for offensive noises and knock on the door of guests who snore too loudly."


    Hotel 'snore patrol' to help guests sleep more soundly

  • Town Bans Whistling and Singing Out Loud - "in Sullivan’s Island in South Carolina.
    There, singing or even whistling in public can get you a $500 fine."
    "It shall be unlawful for any person to yell, shout, hoot, whistle, or sing on the public streets, particularly between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. or at any time or place so as to annoy or disturb the comfort, or repose of persons in any office, or in any dwelling, or other type of residence,
    or of any persons in the vicinity."




  • Life in the city that cannot sleep
    "Matthew Price finds one aspect of New York rather hard to cope with.
    The honking is possibly the worst, or the thundering.
    Well, that and the rumbling, screeching,
    thudding, clacking, droning, whining, whirring and wailing.
    Not to mention the barking, bleating, bickering and bitching.
    You get the picture...
    Noise is said to be the number one quality of life issue for New Yorkers



  • Call to scrap 'anti-teen' device
    "A high-pitched device used to disperse teenagers is being challenged by campaigners, who say it is not a fair way to treat young people. There are estimated to be 3,500 of the devices, known as the mosquito, in use across the country. Their sound causes discomfort to young ears - but their frequency is above the normal hearing range of people over 25. The Children's Commissioner for England says they should be scrapped as they infringe the rights of young people."


  • Bruits avec traductions et exemples
  • Onomatopoetic Words
    "Onomatopoeia means the "name" given to a sound. It's a word imitation of noise."
    ex : "Bong, a bell sound"


  • Noises With Adjectives(

  • Noise verbs :
    bark, yelp; clink, thud; oink, quack; scream, bellow: shout, whisper; snarl; mutter; rumble, bellow, grunt, cackle, chirp, splutter

  • Animal noises - English to French translation
    "Same animals, same noises, but we hear them differently."

    ex : cat / miaou / meow




  • An International Guide to Animal Talk (
  • - the search engine for finding sound effects on the Web
    - with File Formats, Number of Channels, Minimum Resolution, Minimum Sample Rate, and Maximum File Size
    ( Types of Sounds :
    TV and Movies - Vehicles - Sports and Recreation - People - Office - etc )


Listening :

  • Making Noise, Studying the Quiet - Text + Audio - 22 August 2015
    "Researchers want to know how humans and animals are affected by noise pollution.
    They have already learned that car noise causes migratory birds to flee and fail to gain weight.
    They have found that noise lessened the ability of the birdwatchers to identify recorded bird sounds."



  • Sound and Hearing (
    1) Identifying sounds 2) Sorting instrument sounds


  • Bruitages par catégorie (
  • Sounds - Guess what it is. (


  • Sound Clip Quiz - "What movie classic is this line from? (
    (press 'Listen' button to hear movie clip)"


INTERACTIVE exercises :



  • Sounds That Speak (
    ex : Sound of laughter :
  • Human Sounds (
    "Put each of the following words or phrases in the correct gap :
    cough, yawn, scream, laugh, sigh, sniff, whisper, sneer, hiccup, whisper, cough, sneeze, pant, puff, whistle, sigh, groan, hum, shout, snore"
  • Sound Clip Quiz - "What movie classic is this line from? (
    (press 'Listen' button to hear movie clip)"


Exercises TO PRINT :

  • What's That Sound? (Education World)
    "What sound does each of the following animals make?
    What sound does each of the following objects make?
    What sounds would you hear if you were . . . at a football game? etc
    Onomatopoeic Words :
    "Use the following list to help you use onomatopoeic words in your poems."


Lesson plans :




  • Animaux - mots croisés interactifs (Ghislaine Wulles)
    "Trouve l'animal dont on te donne le cri."


Songs :


  • Money - Cabaret Soundtrack :
    "Money makes the world go around...
    A mark, a yen, a buck, or a pound...
    Is all that makes the world go around,
    That clinking clanking sound
    Can make the world go 'round."

  • The Walls Have Ears by Elvis Presley :
    "The walls have ears, ears that hear each little sound you make"


Poems :

  • THE PIED PIPER OF HAMELIN - Robert Browning (
    "And even spoiled the women's chats,
    By drowning their speaking
    With shrieking and squeaking...
    `Only a scraping of shoes on the mat?
    ``Anything like the sound of a rat
    ``Makes my heart go pit-a-pat!''...
    And ere three shrill notes the pipe uttered,
    You heard as if an army muttered;
    And the muttering grew to a grumbling;
    And the grumbling grew to a mighty rumbling;
    And out of the houses the rats came tumbling..."

    - to illustrate noises
    - with the VIDEO : Part 1 (YouTube)
    + Part 2



  • My Noisy Brother - a poem by Bruce Lansky (
    "My brother's such a noisy kid,
    when he eats soup he slurps.
    When he drinks milk he gargles.
    And after meals he burps..."

  • In a foreign city - a poem by Elizabeth Jennings ( : - UPDATED

    "You cannot speak for no one knows
    Your language. You must try to catch
    By glances or a steadfast gaze
    The attitude of those you watch...
    Noises may find you but not speech...
    Now you have circled silence, stare
    With all the subtlety of sight.
    Noise may trap ears but eye discerns"


    Elizabeth Jennings, British poet

Stories :

  • Rebus Roundup Stories
    "Have fun filling in the pictures for these simple stories."

    - The Noise : "What is making the noise that is keeping Max awake?"



Proverbs :

  • Speak of angels and you can hear the flutter of their wings.
  • The Walls Have Ears by Elvis Presley :
    "The walls have ears, ears that hear each little sound you make"



Cartoons : (Si le lien est inaccessible, enregistrer l'image pour obtenir la taille initiale.)



Remembering 9-11
- Cartoons







Do you mind ?



Philips: Noise reduction headphones
- ads




I miss the traffic's roar...



Which is more irritating ?



At the vet's
- Noises


(Site unknown)








Is that a silencer?



Videos :

  • The Sounds of Silence
    "172 movies in under four minutes... Click the "CC" closed captioning button in the lower right corner of the video to see the movie titles."



  • Caltex – An old woman needs some oil (commercial)
    " A grandma gets in a supermarket Caltex. She is making a lot of noise with her trolley.
    The shop assistant, who is very caring, offers her some oil for her to stop the noise… but you realise that it is something else…"