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Multi-million dollar sound

Stradivarius violin

What makes this instrument so valuable?

Violins made by the Stradivari family in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries are worth millions of US dollars. Why are they so special?

In this week's 6 Minute English, Alice and Neil talk about quality of sound and some of the language used to describe it.

This week's question:

Alice asks Neil which language the word timbre comes from. Is it:

a) Russian

b) Italian

c) French

Listen out for the answer at the end of the programme.


Multi-million dollar violin

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several million


quality of a sound


rich and sweet

top of the range

best on offer


echoes back

the billion dollar question

the question everyone wants to know the answer to


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