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Thread poster: Gianni Pastore

Gianni Pastore  Identity Verified
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Jul 4, 2006

1. the sound of any acoustic guitar
2. the sound of rain falling on my roof when I am still in bed (and I don't have to get up for at least another hour or so)
3. The sound of whales and dolphins

1. The sound of furniture being dragged all around the house
2. The sound of a hammer hitting the walls at 8 in the morning on sundays
3. The sound of motorbikes way too customized

What's yours? (anything goes, so be creative...)


Kirill Semenov  Identity Verified
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`My' sounds Jul 4, 2006

Love: Bamboo wind chimes.

(not mentioning the `Ka-Ching' sound of a slot machine, of course!icon_smile.gif)

Hate: Nails scratching any wooden surface (blackboards being the famous one). Pah!


Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
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one of each Jul 4, 2006

Hate: the sound of someone else's lawnmower when I'm trying to relax in the garden.

Love: the sound of my own lawnmower when I've been trying to relax in the garden and a radio is blaring away in someone else's garden.


texjax DDS PhD  Identity Verified
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mine.. Jul 4, 2006

. My son's laugh

. The sound of weapons

(favorite odor: the scent of freshly cut grass)


Raffaella Cornacchini  Identity Verified
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the sound of silence Jul 4, 2006

I was in the Egyptian desert for a week. The silence there was so thick it made your head spin. It was marvellous.
But I am lucky, since I live in a very quiet area.
As for my dislikes, I agree that scratchy sounds (fingernails on a blackboard) are horrible!


sofiablu (X)
Local time: 00:25
and mine Jul 4, 2006


1) people chewing chewing gums like there's no tomorrow;

2) people screaming their love for a football team under your window, at two o' clock in the morning;

3) people speaking in a Milan accent (sorry, it's really unbearable, when you're not from Milan).


1) the sound of British English;

2) the sound of Russian (especially St.Petersburg's);

3) my daughter's voice when she sings, and thinks I'm not listening.


Claire Titchmarsh (X)  Identity Verified
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Anything that goes "moo" and "pling" Jul 4, 2006


1. The Chicco talking farm, as it repeats mindlessly all day things like "questa è la farfalla verde".
2. The crash as the talking farm is thrown onto the floor.
3. That split second of silence when a child has fallen over and opens his mouth to cry but is so shocked and enraged that no sound comes out.
4. The ear-splitting howl that follows number 3.


The sound of waterfalls.
Wind chimes.


Orla Ryan  Identity Verified
Local time: 23:25
sound Jul 4, 2006

I hate car alarms going off incessantly while I'm working. Like today... grrrrr!!!

and I love the sound of a big storm and lashing rain at night while I'm snug as a bug at homeicon_smile.gif

[Edited at 2006-07-04 14:49]


Roberta Anderson  Identity Verified
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a few... Jul 4, 2006

- the sound of the sea (any kind - from the roaring crash against rocks at night, to the soft splish-splash of the calm sea on the midday beach)
- birds waking up in the garden (especially the blackcap), when it's the only sound around
- muted sounds in a snowy landscape

- kids bickering
- Adults shouting
- Football commentators commenting

[fav. smell: first coffee of the day]


Balaban Cerit  Identity Verified
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mine Jul 4, 2006


- The phone ringing late at night, especially when I am trying to sleep.

- Car horns, especially if the car you are in is stuck in traffic.


- Birds, especially their morning and evening chorus.

- Sounds of running water, small or big, (including rain and sounds caused by objects dropped or thrown into water).

- The sound of lightning

- The purring of cats


Aleksandr Okunev (X)
Local time: 02:25
English to Russian
My pair Jul 4, 2006

City noise, which we barely notice but clearly feel its absence when we go out of town.
Wind in trees, skylark in the sky and, occasionally, a propeller aircraft (must be barely heard, no jets).

The best loved sound is my neighbour hammering his electric guitar on someone's buzzing lawn mower, in order to break the mower's alarm, at 8:00 AM, on Sunday.

Stay well!


Kirill Semenov  Identity Verified
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Hit! Jul 4, 2006

sofiablu wrote:
3) my daughter's voice when she sings, and thinks I'm not listening.

You hit the nail here, Sofia (I presume, right? Sorry, if I'm wrong with your name) - forget the wind chimes, I love it when my son plays his toys and/or sings when he thinks nobody's listening.

But my bet on fingernails scratching a wooden surface as the most hated sound remains unchanged.


Claudia Luque Bedregal  Identity Verified
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the sounds I love and hate Jul 4, 2006

-the sound of waves and rain
-piano music
-the notes of a violoncello playing
-the sound of complete silence

-people shouting, especially inside the house
-loud music in general, but especially the heavy metal one
-mosquitos' buzzing, especially if they are buzzing in my ear!

(favorite smells: fresh coffee, strawberries, cinnamon, and the ocean)


[Edited at 2006-07-04 17:33]


Clarisa Moraña  Identity Verified
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mosquitos and TV, birds an pop corn Jul 4, 2006


Mosquito's buzzing in my ears at night!
My husband's snores!
The cartoons voices from the TV when I'm not watching at it!

My son's laugh
Birds singing in my garden
Pop-corn popping




Irene N
United States
Local time: 17:25
English to Russian
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Love/hate Jul 4, 2006

1. My car starting
2. My cats purring
3. Logs cracking in the fireplace (better accompanied by rain/wind)


1. Screaming of any sort.

2 & 3 produced by the same red face on the left:

2. Dragging and banging his water bowl against the tile floor when thirsty and out of water at 3 am (mostly because he splashed it all over and I forgot to check because waas too tired). The bowl is ceramic - he flatly refuses plastic or metal.

3. Mini-blinds rustling - he would sit on a window sill, smile wide (no kidding) and drag his paw up and down mini-blinds if his breakfast is too late.

AND DISCOVERY LIFTOFF!!!!!! This is one hell of a pleasant noise - huge exhale and back to work!

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