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C2 Vocabulary for describing sounds and voices

Here are two different quizzes that will enable you to brush up on vocabulary that you can use when describing voices and noices (very important when writing a narrative, for instance).

If you hiss at somebody, you’ve said something to them in a low and angry way. If you chirrup, you’re probably in a good mood. In these quizzes you’ll find differerent descriptions for noise and voice quality.

In the first activity, all you have to do is select the best description for this type of voice quality.

The second activity is a little more fun (if you’re in the mood), but you’ll also need a little more time. Read the sentences focusing on the words in bold then select one of the options available according to how the noise/voice was described.

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Vocabulary for describing voices

Read the descriptions and choose the best option.

A hoarse voice ...

A sonorous voice ...

A husky voice ...

A soft voice ...


A shill voice ...


A sharp voice or remark...




A creaky voice ...(My apologies to Mrs Thatcher!)

A nasal voice ...

A breathy voice ...

A well-spoken voice ...

A gruff voice ...


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C2 Vocabulary quiz Voices and noises

In this activity you have sentences that describe noises and voice quality.

The description is in bold. According to this description you should select an option that fits this description from the options.


2. She couldn't hear what they were saying as their voices were far away and unclear.

12. I heard an unpleasant noice, typical of a cat- was that you singing? Was that you_________?

16. Sarah could hear a light high ringing sound of glass breaking in the living
room. Sarah could hear a _______ of glass breaking in the living room.

18. 'Good morning Miss Honey!' greeted the children in a happy and lively way. 'Good morning !'_________ the children.

19. Stop complaining in that annoying, sort of crying voice!  Stop __________!

14. He made a short, low sound with his throat about not being able to sleep the night
before and left. He _________ that he hadn't been able to sleep the night before.

13. The football supporters grew more and more noisy and rough as the evening went on. They grew more and more __________ as the evening went on.

11. The dog gave a sudden short cry of pain and surprise. The dog__________.

20. 'I've got a sore throat' He said in a low, creaky voice. 'I've got a sore throat' He ________

1.She hit the door many times with her fists making a loud noise. She ___________ the door.

6. She was speaking quickly in a confusing and silly way saying something about her
necklace being stolen. She was ________ away.

4. She burst into long and loud moments of laughter. She bust into _________ of laughter.

17. There was a loud sound of metalic and glass objects in the kitchen white Mike
washed-up. There was a _______ in the kitchen.

9. I knew she'd arrived because I could hear the metalic sound of her bracelets hitting
each other. I could hear the _____ of her bracelets.

10. I couldn't get a wink of sleep. My stomache made long, deep and continuous sounds all night. My stomache ________ all night.

8.There’s been a lot of noise and excitement over his new film. There's a __________ over this film.

3. He could only answer in a very high-pitched voice as he felt he was hardly able to breathe. He could only answer in a __________ voice.

15. I remember my mum doing the cleaning on Satuday mornings, singing in her soft,
warm pleasant voice. In her _________ voice.

7.The teacher spoke to them in a quiet and angry way. The teacher _________ at them.

5. The PE teacher’s unpleasantly high and loud voice rang out across the school
fields. The PE teacher's _______ voice rang out across the school fields.

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