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    I can't hear!

    Whenever my children would play with their toys and somebody near them starts talking with somebody else, they would both yell, "I can't hear! I can't hear!"

    Now, I understand what they're saying. They play with their toys by making them talk to each other, and when some people near them start to talk, they get distracted with their pretend conversation.

    I want to correct and teach them to just say, "Quiet, please." But that doesn't seem like what they had in mind. Can somebody offer a suggestion?
    Last edited by curiousmarcus; 31-Jan-2017 at 06:37.
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    Re: I can't hear!

    I can't think of anything that wouldn't be rude.

    (No comma after "Now" there.)
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 31-Jan-2017 at 09:05. Reason: Fixing typo.

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    Re: I can't hear!

    Perhaps something like:
    Play quietly, please.
    No yelling while playing.
    Don't yell.
    Play with your toys quietly.

    If they're old enough they can play without constant supervision:
    Why don't you go play in the living room/in your bedroom/ in the basement/outside.

    Some perennial favorites from my family (and probably not serious candidates for what you're asking).
    Use your indoor voice.
    Yell at me one more time, and that toy is mine.
    There's no need to yell, I can hear you just fine.
    Wear short sleeves! Support your right to bare arms!

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    Re: I can't hear!

    It seems to be the other way round: the grown-ups are making too much noise for the children's liking.

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    Re: I can't hear!

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    Perhaps something like:
    Play quietly, please.
    No yelling while playing.
    Don't yell.
    Play with your toys quietly.

    If they're old enough they can play without constant supervision:
    Why don't you go play in the living room/in your bedroom/ in the basement/outside.

    Some perennial favorites from my family (and probably not serious candidates for what you're asking).
    Use your indoor voice.
    Yell at me one more time, and that toy is mine.
    There's no need to yell, I can hear you just fine.
    These might not be what I was looking for, but I sure could use them. Thank you.
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    Re: I can't hear!

    Could you turn it/the volume down, please

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    Re: I can't hear!

    If they're complaining about other people talking while they're playing, I'd say something like "Everyone is allowed to talk" or "We're just talking. You can carry on playing".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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