Learn English with English, baby!

Join for FREE!

Social_nav_masthead_logged_in
 
Noisy Neighbors

Noisy Neighbors

Date: Aug 23 2010

Themes: Music, Party, Toefl

Grammar: First Conditional

Intro

1. Learn Vocabulary - Learn some new vocabulary before you start the lesson.

Go Super to Listen Go Super!

2. Read and Prepare - Read the introduction and prepare to hear the audio.

Go Super to Listen Go Super!

Nobody likes to have noisy neighbors. But some people are better at dealing with them than others.

If a neighbor plays his music really loudly, you can try knocking on his door and politely asking him to turn it down. If that doesn’t work, you can try shouting at him, but chances are he won’t be able to hear you over the racket. If you get really desperate, you can always call the cops on him. But that probably won’t earn you any friends.

Find out how Mason and Jeff cope with noisy neighbors.

Dialog

1. Listen and Read - Listen to the audio and read the dialog at the same time.

Log in to Listen

2. Study - Read the dialog again to see how the vocab words are used.

Mason

Mason

Jeff

Jeff

Mason:  So Jeff, you know I bought a house recently, right?

Jeff:  Yeah.

Mason:  And I mean, there were a lot of reasons, but one, seriously, one of the reasons was my downstairs neighbors, who have a band. And they were always making just crazy noise late at night.

Jeff:  Are you a keep it down guy?

Mason:  Oh yeah. I mean, I went down numerous times in my PJs knocking on the door at like one in the morning, telling them to just shut the heck up. It’s ridiculous, right?

Jeff:  Pretty obnoxious.

Mason:  Like you wouldn’t believe. I’m a light sleeper, so I can’t deal with it.

Jeff:  What kind of music was it?

Mason:  I don’t even know at that point, like my brain wasn’t comprehending things on that level, it was just comprehending LOUD.

Jeff:  I rent a house, but for the opposite reason, so I can make more noise without bothering people.

Mason:  Really.

Jeff:  I’m sure I still bother my neighbors somehow.

Mason:  Have you gotten the knock on the door?

Jeff:  No, they’re pretty nice, so far.

Mason:  Yeah? Lucky man. If you move in next to me, I will defeat you.

Jeff:  You’re lame.

Mason:  Yes I am. I am an old grouch, and I’m totally OK with that.

 

Grammar Point

Go Super to learn "First Conditional" from this lesson Go Super!

Quizzes

Go Super to take Quiz Go Super!

 

Lesson MP3

Go Super to download full lesson MP3 Go Super!

Go to the TOEFL® page >

Discussion

Go Super to Listen Go Super!

Mason used to have a neighbor who would have loud, annoying band practice. That neighbor was one of the reasons Mason decided to buy a house. He wanted to get away from his noisy neighbor and have a peaceful, quiet home of his own.

Jeff rents a house because he makes music and he wants to be able to be noisy without disturbing any neighbors. So far none of his neighbors has complained. Jeff thinks it’s lame that Mason is such a grouch about his neighbors playing music.

Have you ever had a noisy neighbor? How did you deal with it?

 

Comments

Log in to Comment

kowatch

kowatch

Hungary

My upstairs neighbors sometimes do some noisy activites (if you know what I mean). And there is always a neighbor who has to drill or hammer every weekend at 7 a. m. But the revenge is unavoidable. They can listen music that I like. I’m sure they never like that. Thank God, the number of these situations has reduced.

08:54 PM Nov 21 2013 |

fabsir

fabsir

Brazil

I have had noisy neighbours in the past. They lived right downstairs from me. They´d watch T.V loudly at night, even way past midnight. I´m a light sleeper so I couldn´t get to sleep or I was woken up from the loudness. I complained about it to the building manager and they relaxed it for a while. Then they started doing it again and I had to complain once again. I never actually went down stairs and knocked on their door because I know some guys can be quite aggressive and prone to fight. Well, they have moved out and I hope the next residents will be keep it down kind of people.

03:04 PM Nov 19 2013 |

1 person likes this

Stitch

Stitch

Taiwan

I have nice neighbors. Very lucky!

10:44 PM Apr 25 2011 |

1 person likes this

i love life

Palestinian Territory, Occupied

i have great neighbor they are polite and hospitable people i do not bother them never always them help my family if i was in my home or if i was outside my home we are very kind deal with between each other 

04:57 PM Apr 25 2011 |

Romio79

Romio79

Russian Federation

If they do not kill you before thatYell)))

04:32 PM Aug 31 2010 |

largado

largado

Brazil

I THINK THAT I'M THE WORST KIND OF NEIGHBOUR…CUZ' I'M A DRUMMER, YEH DUDE, I PLAY DRUM, I HAVE GOT IN MY BEDROOM, AND WHEN MY BAND COME TO PLAY IN MY HOUSE, IS LIKE A NIGHTMARE TO MY NEIGHBORS, BUT A DON'T CARE!!! CUZ I'LL BE A STAR ONE DAY…LOLOLOLOL

01:52 PM Aug 29 2010 |

fabsir

fabsir

Brazil

I live in a flat and my downstairs neighbours are noisy. They keep the volume of their T.V up all night long. I have already talked to the manager about it and they had the knock on their doors. So far only on a few occasions they have been considerate. I have been told they are about to move out so I will have to endure a little bit more.

01:12 PM Aug 28 2010 |

Romio79

Romio79

Russian Federation

I used to have some problems with noisy neighbors or noisy city services cleaning streets or repairing smth early in the morning or late at night …brrr… One easy way to deal with such kind of problems are EARPLUGS. It's really good and helpful. Just put them in the ears and you won't hear any noise. But be careful 'cause you will not hear not only your crazy neighbors but probably your alarm clock tooSmile    

05:50 PM Aug 25 2010 |

zarish_ka

Uzbekistan

mmmm i live in china righ now and i have not any noisly neighbor ….. the chinse people are very calm ..it's very important for me couze after work i want to sleep … and have good dream..)))as any  people like ))

09:22 AM Aug 24 2010 |

Khai

Khai

Malaysia

neighbour is mean noisy…noisy is mean neighbour…:D

02:29 AM Aug 24 2010 |

allen@m

allen@m

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

i think i have 2 noisy neighbor's but i like them and i think they never bother me . 

 

07:49 PM Aug 23 2010 |

Marcelolic

Marcelolic

Brazil

Hummm I'm a lucky guy because I have never had a noisy neighbor! And I'm a pretty quiet guy 'cause I never bother my neighbors too :)

07:30 PM Aug 23 2010 |

sam_moh

sam_moh

Yemen

my sleeping is upside down nowadays , i sleep at morning and awake at night and u know all these days are vacation for most of younger kids so expect what !!!! they wake up earlier while i start to sleep and they play and shouting next to me window they fight , quarrel and shout at each other , their parents don't care of that and i am sleepless and i hate making problems with them so i surrender to sleep among that noises , i guess i am used to sleep with that , so i like ignoring such those stuffs to calm my heart , everything could be easy to be used with hahah that's my brief my problem with neighbors 

05:16 PM Aug 23 2010 |

rosendo

rosendo

Mexico

well actually i'm a noisy neighbor Embarassed jejejej , bcs there have been times when my neighbor came to my door and knocked it to shut us up bcs we are making a bunch of it jejej. but ok , we are trying to do less than we used to do.

saludos.

04:52 PM Aug 23 2010 |

becmoon

becmoonSuper Member!

Mexico

I think i be noisy neighbor!!!

04:36 PM Aug 23 2010 |

Aloneomkar

Aloneomkar

Nepal

I like this lesson because i have got same type of neighbors so disgusting.

02:55 PM Aug 23 2010 |

jiahui.lei

jiahui.lei

China

i dislike ppl who make loud noise at night. it's pretty quiet at middle night,thus,it's more easy to hear. hope everybody would understand each other.

02:07 PM Aug 23 2010 |

Zaccarias

Zaccarias

Brazil

I live at a very quiet neighborhood, but some time I have some problems with my neighbor’s loud parties. It’s terrible when these happening at night. Usually depends what kind of music they plays.
At these times I pray: God, give me patience; not power or strengths… <|:^D

02:04 PM Aug 23 2010 |

rebel lee

rebel lee

China

There is a couple of foreigners live upstairs of me, they always invite lots of friends over to have parties. I just met them a couple of times, but I don't know them very well. They are always noisy, but I am OK with that. Becuase I like some noise when I am trying to get some sleep. If there is no noise, my mind always wander, then I can't fall asleep.

02:04 PM Aug 23 2010 |

andee1

andee1

China

i am a light sleeper too. though there is not noisy neighbour in our housing, but has a construction site away from here probably 50 meters. sometimes they worked to over 12 midnight.

01:45 PM Aug 23 2010 |

Likes (20):

See all >

Share this lesson:

  • Share on Facebook
  • Share on Bebo
  • Share on Myspace
  • Share on Twitter
  • Email this to a friend
  • Share on Sina

Post Ebaby! lessons on your blog:

Ebaby! Cast