-(3434)-(809)-(7483)-(1457) -(14632) -(1363)-(913)-(1438)-(451)-(1065)-(47672) -(912)-(14524) -(4268)-(17799)-(1338)-(13644)-(11121)-(55)-(373)-(8427)-(374)-(1642)-(23702)-(16968)-(1700)-(12668)-(24684)-(15423)-(506)-(11852) -(3308)-(5571)-(1312)-(7869)-(5454)-(1369)-(2801)-(97182)-(8706)-(18388)-(3217)-(10668) -(299)-(6455)-(42831)-(4793)-(5050)-(2929)-(1568)-(3942)-(17015)-(26596)-(22929)-(12095)-(9961)-(8441)-(4623)-(12629)-(1492) -(1748)

Give answers to the following questions






People also make different noises both with and without producing words. Read the texts below and make sure you understand the words in bold. Consult a dictionary for their Russian equivalents.

There are more examples of sounds things can make. Read them carefully and write in the gaps their Russian equivalents. If uncertain, consult a dictionary. Pay attention to the connotations, if any. Most of them are onomotopaeic words.

Match the words on the left with the sounds on the right.

Complete the sentences with the appropriate form of the verbs in the box.

Say what sounds they make.

Guess the meanings of these onomatopoeic words.


1 The child sploshed through the puddles.

2 If you have a sore throat, try gargling with some salt water.

3 I couldnt concentrate on the play because of the rustle of sweet papers behind me.

4 Speak up. Dont mumble.

5 That step always creaks.

6 He whacked the ball into the air.



1 Bees buzz

2 Glasses ..

3 A whip .

4 A fire

5 Cymbals .

6 An apple .

7 A drink

8 A punctured tyre

9 A car

10 Sausages ..

11 A small stick .. when broken

12 A person diving i9nto the sea .

13 Boots in mud .

14 A clock

15 An alarm clock .

16 A champagne cork coming out ..

17 A fan ...

18 Thin metal tubes


click whirr sizzle clink groan crash splash trickle

1 She heard his key .. as it turned in the lock.

2 The blades of the helicopter ..noisily.

3 I love to hear sausages .. in the pan!

4 They . the glasses and drank to each others health.

5 There was a terrible car . on the motorway today.

6 Everyone .. with disappointment at the news.

7 The baby loves in its bath.

8 I can feel raindrops . down the back of my neck.



Schoolchildren A bad-tempered person or dog The bell on a cats collar A bored child A fire A churchbell A steam train A prisoners chain Someone with asthma 1. crackles 2. tinkles 3. clanks 4. whistles 5. giggle 6. growls 7. clangs 8. wheezes 9. wriggles
1 sack of potatoes falling from a great height thuds
2 leaves in the breeze rustle
3 a bomb bangs
4 wind through the trees whistles
5 a well-tuned Rolls Royce engine purrs
6 tyres when one brakes suddenly screech
7 kettle boiling hisses
8 a sugar lump dropped into the tea plops
9 the quiet background sound of a fridge hum
10 a light being switched on clicks
13 knives being scraped together grate
14 rain on the roof  
15 a tap that cant be turned right off drips
16 lions or a power engine roar
17 little pigs squeal
18 mice or the chair leg moving on the floor squeaks
19 a car going into the wall crashes
20 the high-pitched sound of a factory machine whine

Im awake, lying here moaning, and nothings happening at all. Oh, well better start crying properly. Still no reaction. Right, theyve asked for it. Here we go with a real scream. Ah, now I hear something next door. Must go on sobbing, so they realise its serious. Here she comes, muttering to herself. Why is it always her? Never him? Ah, a bottle. Excuse me, its difficult to suck a bottle without making sucking noises, you know. Oh, no, Ive got hiccupsagain.

Sometimes I seem to spend half my day hiccupping. Over the shoulder I go again. Oh dear, a burp. Pardon. Pardon. Back to bed. Ah, I like it when she hums that song to me. Oh dear, were both yawning. Time to sleep again. I can hear him snoringnext door.Not a murmur now, she says to me, the same as always. Theres no need to sigh like that, you know. You were a baby once.

Ive never know a boss like him; you hardly ever hear him talking normally. He starts as soon as he comes into the office in the morning. If Im two minutes late, he starts shoutingat me. And you should hear him on the phone yelling at some poor junior. When he asks you to do something, he just barks like a fierce dog. And when he finds a mistake in your work, he roars like a lion. When someone asks him a question, he nearly always just grunts, like that. Hell sit for hours grumbling about the weather, the business, his colleagues, the market. And he will mutter! Half the time you cant understand a word hes saying. The worst thing is his dictation. He just mumblesall the way through the letter; I have to guess every other word. Then he bites my head off when Ive written something he didnt want. I just start stammering and stuttering, and get out of the room as soon as possible.

You can hear the audience whisperingexcitedly. Some of them are clearing their throats. Could they be nervous? Somethings happening. The audience are clapping; polite applause at the moment. Two of the audience are being invited onto the stage. The rest of them are cheering and calling out things. Now something is happening on stage; you could hear a pin drop. The two members of the audience are doing exactly what they are told and the chairs they are sitting on are beginning to rise into the air. The audience are gasping. Oh dear, whats happened? Theyve suddenly fallen to the ground and look most upset. The audience are booing loudly. It hasnt worked. Now theyre whistling. The whistling has changed to hissing,but theres nobody on stage except the two members of the audience. Now they are chanting that they want their money back. The managers coming out on stage. Listen to them groaning.

It started on Momday. I really wasnt well at all. I was sniffingall day. On Tuesday I hardly stopped blowing my nose and sneezing. By Wednesday I had a pretty bad cough. I tried gargling with salt water but it didnt seem to do much good. If I had to go upstairs, Id reach the top stair panting like a thirsty dog, and Id still be wheezing five or ten minutes later. Bu Friday Id lost my voice almost completely. I was croaking like a frog all day at the office.

Lady Thackeray-Smithe laughed politely. Her husband was chuckling minutes afterwards. A class of schoolgirls giggled. A class of schoolboys sniggered. An American TV audience shrieked and howled with laughter. Lady Thackeray-Smithes maid tittered. Billy Bloggs laughed like a drain.

1 Who is the speaker in passage A? Who is she and he referred to in the passage? What is funny about this story?

2 What does the person in passage B do? How do you know it?

3 What kind of performance is described in passage C?

4 What is wrong with the person in passage D?

5 What does the last passage show? Choose correctly.

Ahow different people could laugh;

Bhow different people could tell a joke;

C how different people reacted to the same joke;

Dhow different people reacted to Lady Thackeray-Smithes joke.



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