Apr 022013

In this week’s 6 Minute English: In this week’s programme, we talk about noise and its opposite: peace and quiet.

Living in a city can be a noisy experience. Some people find the sounds comforting, while others move to the countryside to get away from it all. But even those who seek tranquillity can never find complete silence.

Rob and Finn discuss solutions to the problem of noise as well as words and phrases related to the subject.

This week’s question:

A new survey in the UK has identified the ten jobs where people are most exposed to noise – noise that can cause serious damage to someone’s hearing. Which one of these three jobs has the most exposure to noise?

a) A nightclub worker

b) A classical musician

c) An airport ground staff worker

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



cacophony: noisy mix of loud sounds
din: loud, unpleasant noise
deafening: very loud so nothing else can be heard
to drown out: to stop something being heard by making a louder noise
a vow of silence: a promise or commitment not to speak for a certain amount of time
tranquillity: a state of peace and calm, without any noise
amplified: made louder
noise abatement: reduction in noise
music to my ears: a pleasant sound or something you want to hear
silence is golden: saying nothing is better than saying something


6 Minute English – Is silence golden? Transcript Video


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