8 Ways to Tell Someone to Be Quiet: Shhh Idioms

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Don’t you hate it when you are trying to sleep and someone starts playing music really loudly? Or, what about when you are at the cinema and the person behind you starts talking on their cell phone?

Even if you haven’t experienced any of these situations, I’m sure there has been a time in your life where you have had to turn to a person who was irritating you with a lot of noise and say, SHHH!

So, why not learn how to do this with a cool expression?

Using an idiomatic expression in these situations can make your request for the person to shut up (be quiet) sound more friendly, depending on your tone, and less aggressive or rude.

8 Ways to Tell Someone to Be Quiet

Today I would like to share with you 8 expressions that are commonly used in English  to tell people to be quiet. This infographic was provide by Kaplan International.

The team from Kaplan  have creatively made this funny illustration to help you all familiarize yourselves with some of the most common ways to ask someone to be quiet  in everyday conversation. Click here to see this infographic on the Kaplan website

(See below for more infographics like this one)

Kaplan Shhh


If you haven’t already, take a look at past RLE posts with Kaplan illustrations:

  • Sarah Poc says:

    they don't really sound polite :.

  • Ethan Zinho says:

    Haha, well telling someone to be quiet usually isn't polite.

  • Nice tips!

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