The difference between “noisy” and “nosey” offered a learning opportunity for the students gathered one recent Saturday at the Sunnyside branch of the Queens Library.

“This group is noisy,” said instructor Lorna Blancaflor, who smiled as she gestured to a few talkative women sitting in the corner of the library’s meeting room.

Pointing to her nose as she pronounced “nosey,” Blancaflor defined the word for the class.

“So, are your neighbors nosey or noisy?” she asked.