We often find it difficult to describe a sound precisely. However, there is clearly a difference between a rattle and a roar, a thud and a squeak.
Try, in each section of the following items, to find a sound on the right that can be caused by each item on the left.
Most of these words can be used as nouns and verbs.
- leaves in the breeze sizzle
- a clock creak
- a sack of potatoes falling from a great height rustle
- bacon frying in the pan whistle
- tyres when one brakes suddenly thud
- a door that needs oiling bang
- wind through the trees jingle
- keys in a pocket screech
- a bomb tick
- rain on the roof crash
- a whip or a bone breaking squeal
- a tap that can't be turned right off patter
- curtains in a draught whine
- wood burning on the fire crack
- lions or a powerful engine crackle
- a car going into a wall roar
- the high-pitched sound of a factory machine drip
- tyres after sudden braking or little pigs squeak
- mice or a chair leg moving on the floor swish
- little bells or wine glasses plop
- kettle boiling hum
- the background sound of a fridge splash
- knives being scraped together pop
- something heavy dropped into the sea tinkle
- a sugar lump dropped into the tea grate
- a champagne cork coming out hiss
Can you do it on your own? Do you need a key?