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Winter weather vocabulary - sleet - With AUDIO! (Jan. 2018)


We had some unusual weather in Tokyo today. I thought I would use this chance to teach some English winter weather vocabulary and a phrasal verb that we often use when we talk about weather forecasts.

All definitions and audio links are from www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com

What's a weather forecast?
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A weather forecast is a description, for example on the radio or television, of what the weather will be like tomorrow or for the next few days




The news will be followed by a 5 day weather forecast.



Today in Tokyo we had sleet in the early afternoon that turned into snow at around 4:00.



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sleet - noun - a mix of rain and snow




Sleet makes the roads and sidewalks slippery.



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slippery - adjective - difficult to hold or to stand or move on, because it is smooth, wet or polished



His hand was slippery with sweat.

Sleet is a mix of rain and snow, but it can't be used a verb like rain and snow.
The weather forecast said that it's going to snow tomorrow. (Verb) OK
It will rain for the next 4 days! (Verb) OK ✔
It is sleeting now. NG X

It can be used as a noun. 

The weather forecast is calling for sleet tomorrow.
The weather forecast is calling for rain tomorrow.
The weather forecast is calling for snow tomorrow.

(These are all nouns)

Do you know the phrasal verb call for?

Call for is often used when we talk about weather, specifically weather forecasts. It means weather experts have a reason to believe that certain weather will happen.


The weather report on Channel 6 news is

calling for rain tomorrow.



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2018 is the year of the DOG - Here are 4 idioms with "dog!"


Happy New Year! 2018 is the Year of the Dog


In honor of the year of the dog let's 
learn 4 English idioms with "dog!"
(These are posts that I collected from my 2013 dog idiom series!)


Let sleeping dogs lie



This expression is used to advise against actions that might cause problems. If things are fine right now, we shouldn’t change them if we think there is a danger that things may become worse.

*The idea is that if a dog is sleeping and we wake him up, he may become angry. It's better to let him sleep.

Jill: “Should I ask the boss if he's upset at my coming in late in the mornings?”


Jane: “If he hasn't said anything about it, just let sleeping dogs lie.” = If the boss didn’t say anything you shouldn’t mention it, there is no need to mention it.

"Sometimes it's best to let sleeping dogs lie."



Work like a dog



This idiom comes from a time when dogs weren’t often pets, but usually had to work very hard to earn their food. This expression means to work very very hard!

“My team at the office had to work like a dog this month to prepare for our year end final report. We are all so tired!”

"It's been a hard month, we worked like dogs!"


You can’t teach an old dog new tricks


This idiom means it is difficult to make someone change the way they do something. Especially when they have been doing it the same way for a long time. It is much more difficult to teach an old dog than a puppy.

“You want to teach your grandfather to use a computer? He is 84! You can't teach an old dog new tricks, you know.

"You want to teach him how to use a computer? Good luck!"


Barking up the wrong tree


This expression is when someone has the wrong idea and they are wasting their time. Dogs often like to chase cats or other animals that will run up a tree. If the animal escapes the tree but the dog doesn’t realize it, he keeps barking even though the tree is empty. We say he is barking up the wrong tree. His idea is not correct, he is wasting his time.

“He had nothing to do with the robbery - the police are really barking up the wrong tree this time.”



"I think the police are wasting their time with him."

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