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Learn the Zero Conditional

Date: Sep 07 2011

Themes: Travel

Grammar: Zero Conditional


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The expression “silence is golden” isn’t true for everybody. Some people can’t stand a lot of noise and like nothing better than a little peace and quiet. But others find silence uncomfortable. They prefer a little background noise at all times, and would rather it be too loud than too quiet.

But whether or not you think it’s golden, true silence is pretty rare. If you live in a big city, you’re constantly surrounded by noise from the street like car horns, sirens, buses and trains. Finding a few moments of silence can be a challenge at home, too, especially if you have children, a big family, or a lot of roommates.

It’s easier to find silence in remote places. But if you head out to the country in search of a little peace and quiet, don’t forget to silence your cell phone!
If you can stand a little noise now, listen to Ella and Marni chat about silence.



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Marni:  You know, Ella, that old expression “silence is golden”?

Ella:  Sometimes, maybe, but I don’t mind a little background noise.

Marni:  I just want some peace and quiet. I just want, you know, ten minutes of silence.

Ella:  For me, the house I live in is pretty old, so all the creaks and stuff like that kind of creeps me out. So for me, I love to have like background noise going on.

Marni:  I wonder if it’s my profession, you know, teaching. I just talk all day, I don’t shut up all day, so it just hits that point when I come home, I just want it to be quiet. I just want some peace and quiet. Just a little me time.

Ella:  Yeah, for me I feel like if it’s too quiet, then my thoughts just keep running and running and running. So it helps me relax when there’s some noise around.

Marni:  All that noise helps you relax? That’s fascinating. Yeah, I’m totally the opposite. I really, I think it sounds like a racket, so much background noise. Just shut up, you know?

Ella:  As soon as I get home I turn my laptop on, I have my stereo going, I throw on the TV. That just helps me relax.

Marni:  So you probably don’t really like going camping or getting out into the woods where it’s just quiet and still.

Ella:  Yeah, I usually bring a stereo if I go camping.

Marni:  Wow. Remind me to never go camping with you.


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Marni loves silence. She is a teacher, so she has to talk all day and is always around noisy children. When she gets home, she just wants a little peace and quiet.

Ella, on the other hand, doesn’t like silence. If it is too quiet, she can’t relax. Sometimes silence even creeps her out. At home, she always turns on her stereo or TV for background noise.

It’s hard for Marni to understand how Ella can stand all that noise. Ella even likes to bring a stereo with her when she goes camping. Marni says she could never go camping with Ella. She loves the peace and quiet of remote places.

Do you like silence, or do you prefer to have some background noise? Is there a lot of noise where you live?



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United States

How are you

11:39 AM Sep 16 2019 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Every silence has a loud voice in background, have you noticed?  people prefer that silence becuase they need to hear something special…

05:06 AM Jan 22 2015 |



Viet Nam

I remember when my family first moved into our current house, the neighborhood  was very peaceful and not very noisy even during daytime. Then one day a private school was built opposite my house, and it has become so noisy when pupils arrive at school every morning. Because of that,  I really like silence whenever possible.

06:42 AM Aug 27 2014 |



hi all …i’m mehdi   : ” i have a girlfriend . she has 36 years old and i have 21 years old …. so it’s a problem in our relationship or not.

11:45 PM Apr 22 2012 |





12:39 PM Apr 22 2012 |




I agreed with other members…thank you for sharing this topic.

03:40 AM Apr 22 2012 |




yeah it depends, on my side when im lonely i really need to be in peace,,

12:15 PM Apr 21 2012 |




It depends.  I like silence while I’m studying, but while I’m doing chores or other things a little background noise is OK.

01:27 AM Apr 21 2012 |

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I agree with Ella.

08:49 AM Apr 20 2012 |





03:55 PM Sep 13 2011 |




uhhhhh, I always need silence.

my siblings are so noisy all the time and the only relaxing hours of the whole 24 hours are when they sleep… FINALLY

I don’t like background noise but yeah background music is okay.

Silence is good for health though.

07:20 PM Sep 11 2011 |



i prefer some background noise in my house. i live in a big city actually, and the noise exists all time. However, i like some sounds around me while i am surfing internet or reading a book.

03:00 PM Sep 11 2011 |




I like the silent places and the only place I feel silently in it  ...  is our garden  ... and before is forget  I like campingLaughing .. but I cant go to  camp !!!

that’s good thing ..but it is difficult for me .

08:10 PM Sep 10 2011 |

faisal abdo


for me  ilike silent and quite place

11:32 AM Sep 10 2011 |




actually  i hate noise and  like  to be in quiet  place usually because noise disturb me  and i can’t consentrate if i’m doing  some work specially studing but  on the other hand noise  can’t  prevert me to sleep i can sleep in noise background

03:59 PM Sep 09 2011 |



Usually, I‘d llike to be silence, but sometimes, it would be delight if there is some background noise outside my room~

01:53 PM Sep 08 2011 |





01:08 PM Sep 08 2011 |

negin hmt

negin hmt

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

everyone tells me to speak more but i usually prefer to be quiet, specially when i am sad.i love the silence of night so i am a night person!

07:56 PM Sep 07 2011 |


Iran, Islamic Republic Of

hi…i am quite most of time at class…...out if class,is really opposite….

if u are not quite u never could here the speaker….

i love quite place but i don t love the mankind who is always be quite…like silent mobile..no one could speak and communicate with them…in this case silent people who is speak just a word i think they are like die….

hay friend…just speak and after it be silent to hear others word…..

07:23 PM Sep 07 2011 |




I lie quiet, it let me have more thinking.

05:49 PM Sep 07 2011 |

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