Intermediate 5 | Lesson 07 | Noun Clause

Bad Times and Good Times

Hear people talk about things that annoy them (Mixer 144) and a special time in their life (Mixer 145).

Mixer 144 Movie Pet Peeve

Listen to six people share the things that annoy them when then go to the movies.

Paul / England
speakerThe typical thing that annoys people, or annoys me, in the theater is the rustling and crunching of different food types, and also the kicking, whether it's intended or not, the kicking of the back of your seat. And also, in some cultures, sniffing and coughing is accepted, whereas in others, it isn't. In my culture, it isn't, and therefore, I find this habit rather irritating.

Tim / United States
speakerOne of the things that annoys me the most is when I can hear people chewing. So, if people are eating their food and making a lot of noise when they chew, it really bothers me. And that also happens outside of the theater, if someone is having dinner with me and chewing out loud, it really bothers me. But it's really hard to get them to stop, because they usually don't know that they're doing it.

Sarah / England
speakerThe most annoying thing I find in a movie theater would be when someone has a new bag of popcorn or a new bag of sweets and they open it up halfway through the film and be rustling behind you. You can always hear that more than the film.

Warren / Canada
speakerWell, sometimes, teenagers can be a little obnoxious in the theaters, so I've been hit by a few popcorn kernels or two in the past, and that could be quite annoying. I think they're just having fun, pulling pranks on some people, but it's difficult when you're trying to watch a movie.

Lindsay / United States
speakerThe most annoying thing is when they actually bring their babies or their children. I don't understand why they're bringing them, especially to a late-night movie, and then the baby starts to cry or it gets restless. I don't feel bad for the baby; I feel bad for the people. And I feel mad at the people; I mean, why are they bringing their baby to this movie?

Dani / England
speakerMe, especially, it's talking. Or like if they won't be quiet and you're trying to watch a movie, that really annoys me. Although the one that really annoys my mom, especially, is when they kick the back of your seat. She always used to get that one kid who makes that.

Mixer 145 Field Trip


Listen to what six people share their memories of taking a field trip in school.

Tim / United States
speakerMy school didn't have field trips that we would go to, but there were events that we would have. A big event was homecoming, which is the first major sports game of the year, so people would celebrate that a lot and go and see that game, usually football.

Adria / United States
speakerThe only school field trip I really remember is going to a farm when I was in second grade. Many of the other school field trips got canceled because of the budget and the school kind of declined after my sister graduated. So, because of that, we just went to this farm, but it was a lot of fun and we got to pet a lot of animals, which I liked.

Isma / Indonesia
speakerSchool field trip? Well, I think once I went to a museum in Indonesia. I don't really understand anything about it, because it was my first time. And we actually went to like a park, which is pretty cool, because I got to hang out with my friends, and yeah, I had a lot of fun.

Shifani / New Zealand
speakerMy very first school field trip I remember was to a park in India. That was when I was in primary school, and this was when I was back in India. I remember we went by bus for about two and a half hours, and then, we ended up in a beautiful park, which was also a graveyard.

Antoinette / United States
speakerI don't remember taking a school field trip in high school. I do remember taking a school field trip in junior high. We went to the Statue of Liberty and climbed all the way to the top.

Alex / Australia
speakerMy favorite school trip was one where we actually ... when I was living in Colorado, we went to a Nobel prize winner's laboratory, and he demonstrated the experiment that got him the Nobel Prize, which was he recreated the coldest place in the universe, which is a sort of three centimeter by three centimeter tube, which is the coldest known place in the universe. I was in the same room as this, and it was really fantastic to be there, to know that I was part of, you know, the history of science, as well.

Dani / England
speakerMy favorite school trip--I guess, I didn't really go on that many--would have to be when I went to Alton Towers, when I went to a large theme park with my school, because it was like a celebration of the end of being at that school, and it was a lot of fun, especially getting to go on all the rides, and it's just a really great day out with friends.

Noun Clause

Point 1: A noun clause is a clause that acts like a noun and can act as the subject or object inside of another clause or phrase.
  1. My pet peeve is when people talk while eating.
  2. What you say can influence how people feel about you.
  3. I am not sure about where I am going.
  4. Who you associate with is very important.
Point 2: A noun clause is a clause that is started with a WH word or that followed by a clause with a subject and verb.
  1. My favorite time of year is when the leaves change colors.
  2. I don't know who you are talking about.
  3. My best memory happened when I was in college.
  4. The most important thing is that you are happy.
Point 3: Noun clauses are often used in complement sentences.
  1. What you are saying is not actually true.
  2. This is how we do things around here.
  3. You are who you are. You cannot change that.
  4. The most important part of learning is how you find the answers.
Point 4: Noun clauses are also often used as the objects of a clause.
  • I bought the food.
  • I bought what you told me to get.
  • I don't know that person.
  • I don't know who you are talking about.
  • He told me the meeting time.
  • He told me when the meeting starts.
Point 5: We have a lot of common phrases with noun clauses to express a state of being that is hard to explain.
  • It is what it is.
  • It will happen when it happens.
  • You do what you do.
  • He is who he is.
  • The heart wants what it wants.
  • You can't change who you are.
  • It is not what you know, but who you know.
Answer the following questions about the interview.