The Sound Of Blank Blanking

5 Dec

Here’s another sort of sound dictation, but this one promotes understanding of word partners (or collocations).

Tell students to number from 1-10 on a piece of paper.

Play the audio. It’s the students’ job to identify the source of the sound, and the verb that describes the sound itself. Thus.. That’s the sound of _______ ________ing.

Let’s say the first sound you hear comes from a dog – not a bark – but a threatening sound. That’s the sound of a… dog growling.

I collected these public domain sounds from Sounds, SimplyTheBest and put them together.

I have written some answers below, indicating the strongest and most common collocations. However, if students come up with different sources and different verbs – hey, that’s great; they are using English.


1. dog barking
2. car starting. engine or motor turning over
3. frogs croaking (some students say ducks, in which case they are quacking)
4. bird singing / chirping
5. baby crying / balling
6. crow cawing
7. cat mewing / meowing / crying
8. siren sounding/blaring. alarm going off
9. insect, bee, fly buzzing
10. crowd, people, audience / applauding, clapping, cheering