May 092013
 

In this week’s 6 Minute English: How much noise can you stand?

If you’re at the cinema or the theatre, noises from outside can stop you from enjoying the performance.

A British actress, dressed as Queen Elizabeth II, shouted at some noisy drummers who were interrupting her play.

In this programme Jennifer and Rob discuss noise tolerance and people’s reaction to actress Dame Helen Mirren’s angry outburst.

This week’s question:

According to an EU publication, what percentage of people in Europe are exposed to road traffic noise levels which are higher than 55 dB?

a) 40%

b) 50%

c) 60%

Listen out for the answer at the end of the programme.

 

Vocabulary:
to tolerate: to put up with
disturbing: unsettling or bothering
interrupted: stopped (in the middle of doing something)
scolded: told off
to give someone a piece of your mind: to tell someone angrily what you think
standing ovation: a period of clapping from an audience on their feet
gutsy: showing courage
hilarious: very funny
steaming with rage: extremely angry
punters: members of the public or customers

6 Minute English – How noisy is ‘too noisy’? Transcript Video

 

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