This is part three of my series Everyday English Conversation. It had been redone so that the sound works completely. This is good for use at home or in your classroom. It has vocabulary, phrases and dialogues.
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Part of speech
Here are some phrases we use to talk about
the weather in English.
“It’s really sunny today!”
“The sun is so bright.”
“There’s a mix of sun and clouds today.”
“It’s so perfect outside; not a cloud in the sky.”
“Seventy two degrees (72°) and sunny. A perfect summer day!”
“It’s so sunny. I can lay out today!”
“You got a nice suntan on vacation!”
“It’s really sunny out. Make sure you put on some sunscreen.”
“Don’t forget to put on suntan lotion.”
“It’s really cloudy out there. I wonder if it will rain today.”
“It’s pretty cloudy outside. I better take an umbrella.”
“It’s been cloudy for a week now. I need some sun!”
“It’s snowing outside!”
“We’re expecting a snow storm this afternoon.”
“School is canceled because of the snow. I love snow days!”
“The roads are really messy. There is a lot of slush on the
roads because the snow is melting, so be careful.”
“Drive really carefully. The snow is freezing over and turning
“It’s raining out. You’ll need an umbrella.”
“It’s raining pretty hard out there.”
“A big storm is expected this afternoon.”
“It’s so gloomy and depressing outside.”
“Don’t go swimming yet. I just heard thunder, and a lightning
storm is expected.”
“You should wear your rain coat today.”
“It’s not raining too hard. It’s just drizzling out.”
“Bring an umbrella just in case, since it will be raining on and
“It’s so hot and humid outside. The air feels so thick and sticky.”
“It’s so humid out; I sweat the second I walk outside!”
“I hate these humid summers. I really prefer the dry summer air
“Be careful when you drive. It’s really foggy outside. You
can’t see far in front of you.”
“It’s so foggy out. You better drive with your fog lights on.”
“The wind is so strong; it almost blew me over!”
“The tall buildings in Manhattan (New York City) create a
wind tunnel and make the wind so strong.”
“Chicago really is the windy city!”
Gloomy: (adjective) sad, depressing; often used to
describe a cloudy, grey, rainy sky.
Lay out: (verb) a term people use for “sun tanning”; to
lay outside in the sun in a bathing suit to get more
Umbrella: (noun) what you carry over your head to
block the rain and stay dry.
Describing the weather using verbs.
Below is list of the different types of weather you are
most likely to use.
The sun is shining.
It's drizzling (light rain).
The wind is blowing.
It's raining (The rain is falling.)
It's hail (hail stones).
It's pouring down (The rain is pouring down.)
It's snowing (The snow is falling.)
It's thundering and lightening.
Describing the weather using adjectives
Sweltering = It's sweltering. or It's a sweltering day.
Freezing = It's freezing. or It's a freezing day.
Warm = It's warn. or It's a warm day.
Cold = It's cold. or It's a cold day.
Sunny = It's sunny. or It's a sunny day.
Cloudy = It's cloudy. or It's a cloudy day.
Clear = It's clear. or It's a clear day.
Stormy = It's stormy. or It's a stormy day.
Misty = It's misty. or It's a misty day.
Foggy = It's foggy. or It's a foggy day.
Breezy = It's breezy. or It's a breezy day
Windy = It's windy. or It's a windy day.
Showery = It's showery. or It's a showery day.
Rainy = It's rainy. or It's a rainy day.
Frosty = It's frosty. or It's a frosty day.
Snowy = It's snowy. or It's a snowy day.
Icy = It's icy. or It's an icy day.
Drizzly = It's drizzly. or It's a drizzly day.
Dry = It's dry. or It's a dry day.
How to ask questions about the weather
and how they can be answered.
What's it like outside? It's really cold now.
How's the weather? It's minus ten. (-10 degrees)
Do you have rain? We have not had any rain for
What's the temperature in Manchester? Today it is
22 degrees Celsius which is a lot warmer then it has
It's snowing here in Manchester, what's it doing
there? It's raining really hard.
It is a Beautiful day for a walk. We couldn't ask for
a better day.
What's the weather forecast for the rest of the
week? They're saying we will have blue skies for
the rest of the week.
Mary: How’s the weather today?
John: It’s all right. Not too warm, not too cold.
Mary: Do you think I need a sweater?
John: No, not if you’re not going out for long.
Mary: Are you sure? I’m pretty cold-blooded.
John: Well, in that case, you might bring a sweater along.
Pretty cold-blooded. “Pretty” means “rather” or “somewhat”.
“Cold-blooded” means “having cold blood” like a reptile which
means a person often feels cold or is easily made cold.
John: I’m going to lunch. Is it raining yet?
Mary: Not yet, but the clouds look ominous.
John: Do you recommend an umbrella?
Mary: Sure. Or at least a good hat and coat.
John: It was raining this morning. Then it stopped and the sun
came out, but the clouds were moving fast.
Mary: I know. I noticed that too when I was driving to work.
John: Did you bring a raincoat?
Mary: No, I don’t like raincoats. I prefer a good umbrella—
unless it’s too windy.
Clouds look ominous: clouds are dark and it will
Variations: the clouds very dark, the clouds look
forbidding, the clouds look stormy, there are storm
clouds in the sky, there are rain clouds in the sky.
Mary: I’m so glad to be going home. It’s such a sunny day!
John: I know. It’s beautiful outside. Do you have any plans?
Mary: I might sit on my deck and enjoy it for a while with my
John: I know what you mean. I plan to soak in the sun in my
Mary: My husband and I sometimes go hiking too along with
John: That’s not for me. I like a good chair and a book instead.
Mary: Well, enjoy the beautiful weekend!
John: You too!
I know what you mean: I feel the same or I
have the same ideas.
Soak in the sun: enjoy the sun or sit/lay in the
Oh, my! The whole world is broiling.
In the dialogue below, Gary and Sharon are complaining
about how hot the weather is today....
Gary: Oh, my! It's really hot! I've never seen such scorching weather in my life!
Sharon: Tell me about it. It's like the whole world is broiling.
Gary: Oh, look at the thermometer! The temperature has hit 98!
Sharon: I hope it's not gonna break into three digits!
Gary: But it's already awfully close!
Sharon: Well, I just hope it'll level off.
Gary: I guess we can't do anything until after dark then.
Sharon: I guess so. What else can we do? You can't stay in the heat for long!
You've got to drink a lot of fluids.
It's such a hot day that the two people in the conversation below just want to
stay at home and spare themselves the worst of the heat.
Winnie: Oh, man! Nobody can stand this kind of scorching heat.
Marc: Tell me about it! You can't even stay in the sun for five minutes.
Winnie: You'll be scorched like a shriveled plant.
Marc: Or like a shriveled old man!
Winnie: I like your humor, Marc. Anyway, I guess this afternoon there's
nothing we can do but stay home.
Marc: I guess so. I don't want to be taken to the hospital for heat exhaustion
or sunstroke or something.
Winnie: You want my advice? Drink a lot of liquids and spare yourself the
worst of the heat!
Marc: Yeah, you're right. Got to drink a lot of fluids. Do we have any beer?
Winnie: Yes! Do you want Coors Light or Corona?
Marc: Do you have any Bud or Michelob?
Oh, the heat is unbearable!
It's a very hot day. The heat is so unbearable. To make it worse,
the air-conditioner is broken....
Chris: Oh, the heat is unbearable! Didn't you turn on the air-
Paul: The heat has blown our air-conditioner on the roof!
Chris: What the...! So, what are we going to do?
Paul: We've got to have it fixed as soon as possible. I've called
someone and they're on the way.
Chris: Thank God!
Paul: Here you go. You can use the electric fan here. At least you can
catch a breeze.
The water just goes off without a warning.
A cold front has just set in. To make it worse, the water has just
gone off without a warning....
Nancy: What's going on? When you turn on the faucet, it's just drip, drip,
Sandra: Well, it's the second day in a row. I guess the pipes are frozen
Sandra: Yeah. Yesterday the water even went off without a warning. I
couldn't take a shower, nor could I wash the dishes.
Nancy: Well, I'm wondering why the manager isn't on top of this!
It's raining cats and dogs today.
Justine knew that there would be a shower today, but she didn't
realize it would rain so heavily....
Stephen: Wow, you look like a drowned rat! Didn't you know there's a
Justine: I knew there would be a shower, but I didn't realize it would rain
cats and dogs today.
Stephen: Well, you'd better take a hot shower right now, or you'll catch a
Justine: I know. I don't want to get sick, especially during finals week.
It hasn't rained a drop for months.
A drought has just set in and the two people in the dialogue below are very
Sally: I think a drought has set in. It hasn't rained a drop for months.
Ethan: I think so, too, but didn't it rain last month?
Sally: It did rain last month, but the rainfall was only half the monthly average.
Ethan: Oh. That bad?!
Sally: That's right. It's really bad. I'm really concerned though not panicked yet.
Ethan: I don't blame you. The pastures have browned out even before the
summer hasn't arrived.
Sally: Yeah, and the soil has been baked so hard that the plow can't even break
Ethan: Looks like it's going to be an ongoing thing that would get worse each
Sally: Yeah. If it doesn't rain, it's going to get critical.
The drought conditions are severe!
[Radio broadcasting: ...Temperatures have today reached a record 102 degrees and
may well hit 110 tomorrow. Much more distressing, experts say, is that a drought
has set in remarkably early and shows no sign of letting up soon....The ground is still
parched from last year's drought – crops, plants and trees are being crippled at their
most vulnerable time...]
Anna: Did you hear that? The drought conditions are severe! There's a lot of
death, dying, and suffering out there!
Rose: I heard that, but it's not surprising actually, 'cause we haven't had as
much rain as normal this year.
Anna: Well, if it could rain even a drop, things would be much better! And my
flowers in the garden would come back in a heartbeat.
Rose: I guess you might have to quit watering your garden. I heard that they
are going to start rationing water. In fact, this morning I happened to hear on
the radio that the reservoir had dipped below half its capacity this month
and the volume of water entering the reservoir is the smallest in fifty years.
Anna: Really! I thought that might happen. Great! There go my vegetables!
Rose: I guess so. But think about Africa.