Monday, April 13, 2009

Speaking: The Weather

Canadians are always talking about the weather? Why?
  • We have four seasons about three months each. March 20th was the first day of spring!
  • The change from one season to the next can be gradual or abrupt. It's never the same each year. This spring, we had a few warm days, but now its cooler again.
  • We have a lot of extreme conditions. Too hot. Too cold. Too much snow....
  • The precipitation changes year to year. This year, we shovelled a lot of snow! Last summer, it rained a lot.
  • The weather can change from morning to afternoon, day to day and week to week.

Small talk: Weather is a great opener
for small talk or short two or three minute conversations. Here's some common questions to ask about the weather.

  • What's the weather like? or What's it like out?
  • Is it hot/cold enough for you?
  • Is it going to rain/snow today?
  • Is it going to warm up today/ this week?
  • What's the forecast for this week/ the next few days?
  • What's the temperature?
  • Isn't it beautiful?

Now it's April, and it's colder than usual for April. Yet, it's not unusual to see snow in late March or early April. Take a look at April 7th in Toronto.

So, when will spring arrive in Toronto? I hope earlier than in 2008. That year, it seemed like it was never going to stop snowing and I remember skiing in late March. Follow the change from winter to spring in 2008. At least, spring started a bit earlier this year.

One thing for certain. Spring means rain. Here's some vocabulary and expressions for rainy conditions.
  • There is a light drizzle: very light rain
  • There are showers: light rain
  • It's pouring: heavy rain
  • It's raining cats and dogs: heavy rain
  • There is thunder and lightening: usually during a storm, you see light and hear noises in the sky

But remember, April showers bring May flowers!

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