21 Everyday Conversational Expressions Perception


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* 21 Perception


21.1 When your vision is good


I have excellent vision. Listen <Can you see that house on the top of the hill? Its pretty far away. Yes, I can. I have excellent vision.>

I have good eyesight. Listen <When you drive, do you see the road without eyewear well? Yes, I do. I have good eyesight.>

Ive got a good eye for color. Listen <Can you easily see the three colored lights of the traffic light? Yes, I can. Ive got a good eye for color.>

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21.2 When a person is vision-impaired


He can't see a thing without his glasses. Listen <My cousin is a good driver, but he has to wear a pair of very thick eyeglasses. He cant see a thing without his glasses.>

He's as blind as a bat. Listen A He does not see well. <He even cant walk straight without his eyewear. He is blind as a bat.>

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21.3 When a person is hearing-impaired


He is suffering a hearing loss. Listen <Talk louder if you want our grandfather to understand you. He is suffering a hearing loss.>

He's stone deaf. Listen <I dont think he heard you. He is stone deaf.>

He is deaf as a post. Listen <You have to shout loudly to make him hear at all. He is deaf as a post.>

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21.4 When you lack an ear for music


I don't have an ear for music. Listen <Your child won the musical contest. How did you like his performance? I am really embarrassed by your question. I dont have an ear for music.>

I'm tone-deaf. Listen <The performance of this musician is a display of exquisite technique and fastidious taste. Unfortunately, I cant fully appreciate his virtuosity. Im tone-deaf.>

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21.5 When the sound is loud


The sound is too loud. Listen <Are you listening to your boom-box? The sound is too loud. Turn it down.>

That noise is deafening. Listen <Cover your ears. A huge airliner is taking off. That noise is deafening.>

My ears are ringing. Listen <The neighbor is mowing his lawn. My ears are ringing.>

What a racket! Listen <A jazz band is playing in the park. What a racket!>

Are they trying to wake the dead? Listen <Why is this rock group so loud? Are they trying to wake the dead?>

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21.6 When there is no sound


It is so quiet you can hear a pin drop. Listen <The forest is calm. There is not a breath of wind. It is so quiet you can hear a pin drop.>


21.7 When you wonder about a smell


Do you smell something? Listen < I washed our shower room with a disinfectant.>

Do you smell it? Listen <Is there a gas leak? Do you smell it?>

What smells? Listen < It seems like a skunk came into our backyard last night.>

What's that smell? Listen < I spilled some gasoline.>

What's that fragrance? Listen < Its the perfume you gave me as a birthday present.>

What's that aroma? Listen < Its my morning coffee.>

What's the scent? Listen < Roses are in full bloom in our garden now.>

What's that odor? Listen < It could be hay. The neighbor mowed his lawn this morning.>

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21.8 When you offer a person to smell something


Smell it. Listen < I think natural gas is leaking from the gas stove. What do you think?>

Sniff this. Listen < Its a night fragrance of wild flowers.>

Take a whiff of this. Listen < Its the aroma of freshly baked bread.>

Get a whiff of this. Listen < Its an odor of cooking. It smells like bacon and eggs.>

That smells! Listen <Farmers are fertilizing their fields around our town. That smells! The odor is rather unpleasant.>

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