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INTRODUCTION
David: The Weather in England is Something You Can Always Talk About. David Here.
Kellie: Hello. I'm Kellie.
David: In this lesson, you’ll learn how to discuss the weather. The conversation takes place at the university.
Kellie: The speakers are friends.
David: So they’ll use informal English. Okay, let's listen to the conversation.
DIALOGUE
Phil: Hey, Katrina! Do you have any snow boots?
Katrina: No, I don't. Will it snow?
Phil: The weather forecast said that it will probably snow heavily later.
Katrina: Really? It's raining now but it's still warm.
Phil: Yeah, but it's supposed to be freezing cold tonight.
Katrina: I hope it doesn't snow until after I get home.
David: Listen to the conversation one time slowly.
Phil: Hey, Katrina! Do you have any snow boots?
Katrina: No, I don't. Will it snow?
Phil: The weather forecast said that it will probably snow heavily later.
Katrina: Really? It's raining now but it's still warm.
Phil: Yeah, but it's supposed to be freezing cold tonight.
Katrina: I hope it doesn't snow until after I get home.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
David: Do you need snow boots in the UK?
Kellie: Maybe in some parts of Scotland you do. England and Wales do get snow too, but it’s usually just a couple of days per year and isn’t too deep.
David: The UK has very unsettled weather though.
Kellie: Yeah, you can often get fog, sun, cloud, and rain all within a few hours. It changes so frequently!
David: So, I guess a good piece of advice for any of our listeners is that if you go to the UK, take an umbrella!
Kellie: Definitely! Weather is a great way to start a conversation with someone and is a safe topic to fall back on. British people love to talk about the weather, mainly to complain!
David: There are some interesting idioms about weather, aren’t there?
Kellie: Yeah! On days when it rains heavily, people might say that “it’s raining cats or dogs” or that “the heavens have opened”.
David: I like the cats and dogs one.
Kellie: Me too! There are also many idioms using weather-related words, such as a “storm in a teacup” for a situation that may appear serious, but isn’t really.
David: I like “face like thunder” for people who are angry. People say that about me.
Kellie: Remind me not to make you angry then!
David: Okay, now onto the vocab.
VOCAB LIST
David: Let’s take a look at the vocabulary from this lesson. The first word is..
Kellie: heavily [natural native speed]
David: in large amounts, thickly
Kellie: heavily[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Kellie: heavily [natural native speed]
David: Next we have..
Kellie: warm [natural native speed]
David: something that has or gives a moderate amount of heat
Kellie: warm[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Kellie: warm [natural native speed]
David: Next we have..
Kellie: snow [natural native speed]
David: frozen water vapour that falls from the sky
Kellie: snow[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Kellie: snow [natural native speed]
David: Next we have..
Kellie: forecast [natural native speed]
David: a prediction of future events
Kellie: forecast[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Kellie: forecast [natural native speed]
David: Next we have..
Kellie: probably [natural native speed]
David: without much doubt, likely to happen
Kellie: probably[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Kellie: probably [natural native speed]
David: Next we have..
Kellie: may [natural native speed]
David: expressing probability or permission
Kellie: may[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Kellie: may [natural native speed]
David: Next we have..
Kellie: suppose [natural native speed]
David: guess, assume that something is the case
Kellie: suppose[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Kellie: suppose [natural native speed]
David: And last..
Kellie: freezing [natural native speed]
David: extremely cold
Kellie: freezing[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Kellie: freezing [natural native speed]
KEY VOCAB AND PHRASES
David: Let's have a closer look at the usage of some of the words and phrases from this lesson. The first word is..
Kellie: probably
David: meaning "without much doubt; likely to happen"
David: You hear this word a lot.
Kellie: Yeah, it’s a useful word. It means that something is likely to happen, but it’s not quite 100%.
David: So, it gives you that little bit of room to be wrong.
Kellie: Exactly! You can leave a little doubt so if something doesn’t happen, it doesn’t seem so bad.
David: If I was asked to a party but wasn’t 100% sure about going, I could answer “probably”.
Kellie: Yeah, then it gives you room to cancel later.
David: Can you give us an example using this word?
Kellie: Sure. For example, you can say.. “I can probably get there on time.”
David: ..which means "I think I can get there on time, but something might happen along the way to make me late.” Okay, what's the next word?
Kellie: “me too!”
David: meaning "I agree! Same for me!"
David: We know that “me” is a pronoun meant to refer to yourself, and that “too” can be used to mean “also.”
Kellie: So the two together make a really common phrase that we can use to agree with anything that is said.
David: I want pizza!
Kellie: “Me too!” See? That’s so much quicker than saying “I also want pizza”, which is what it means.
David: It’s a good phrase to use in conversations, as it is friendly and enthusiastic.
Kellie: You rarely see it in writing though, unless it is a written conversation!
David: Can you give us an example using this word?
Kellie: Sure. For example, you can say.. "I'm tired." "Me too."
David: .. which means "I am also tired." Okay, now onto the lesson focus.

Lesson focus

David: In this lesson, you'll learn how to discuss the weather.
David: We said earlier that people love to speak about the weather, so let’s do it!
Kellie: You sound eager! The easiest way to speak about the weather is with weather adjectives. This is easy, because they use the common weather nouns.
David: What are weather nouns?
Kellie: They’re the basic words like “rain,” “sun,” “snow…” Things like that.
David: And weather adjectives?
Kellie: They’re the “y” words. “Rainy,” “sunny,” “snowy…” We can use them to make sentences that sound a little more fluent than the sentences made with the nouns.
David: Okay. I’ll ask you a question and you answer with a weather adjective. “How’s the weather today?”
Kellie: Well, we’re in a studio so it’s kinda hard to tell… But it was sunny this morning and I believe it will be rainy this afternoon.
David: Okay, that sounds good. But, tell me more about this rain. Can I do without an umbrella, or it will be flooding the streets?
Kellie: Ah, I need to use an adverb to answer that question. It will rain lightly, so you’ll be okay without an umbrella.
David: If it was to rain heavily, maybe I’d need a boat.
Kellie: Maybe! We can put adverbs such as “lightly,” “heavily,” “strongly” or “weakly” with the weather words to describe it further.
David: Is that all for describing weather?
Kellie: There is one more way using the present continuous tense. These are sentences that have a be verb followed by an “-ing” verb.
David: “I am studying…” sentences like that?
Kellie: That’s it! You used the “am” version of be and followed it by studying. Yeah, that’s perfect.
David: Let’s try one more. You are sleeping now.
Kellie: I wish I was sleeping now! But yeah, that’s right.
David: How can this help with the weather?
Kellie: Because there are also “-ing” verb versions of a lot of weather words. “Raining” and “snowing” are two easy ones.
David: How do we use that with a “be” verb?
Kellie: Like Katrina did in the conversation when she said “it’s raining now.”
David: It was snowing yesterday.
Kellie: The sun is shining!
David: Well, if the sun is shining, maybe it’s time to finish the lesson and go outside and enjoy it!

Outro

David: Okay, that’s all for this lesson. Thank you for listening, everyone, and we’ll see you next time! Bye!
Kellie: Bye.

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Friday at 06:30 PM
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How is the weather today in your hometown?

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Daniel
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it is summer in my city 😭, very hot .

Nilan
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We are having great weather these days because it’s summer time in UK. We had freezing weather past few months so we need to enjoy lot in this weather.

João
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Now is fall in my hometown, it's cold.😮