Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Do you ever notice that someone around you is being loud?

Do you know how to ask that person to be quiet in English without being aggressive or rude?

Listen to today’s episode to get our 3-step formula to do it with confidence while maintaining the connection.

I live on a street where there is sometimes a lot of noise at night.

I always want to yell out the window, but it’s a little intimidating!


Rude ways (very direct)

  • “Shut up” (siblings),
  • “Be quiet” (parent to kid),
  • “Keep your voices down”
  • “Quiet down”
  • “Shhh”
  • “Shush!”



More ways to ask someone to be quiet:

Formula: “Would you” or “could you,” or  “would you please _________?” Give reason.

Also important to consider: tone of voice

  • “Would you mind lowering your voices? I’m trying to study for an exam. Thank you!”
  • “Could you please watch your noise level? I am having a hard time focusing.”
  • “Would you mind keeping it down? We are working on something important.”
  • “Is there any way for you to get your work done somewhere else? I’m editing a paper here.”

What questions do you have from today?

Let us know in the comments below.

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