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1 BRITISH WEATHER Lovely day, isnt it?

2 Whats the weather like? The British weather is very peculiar: if you are not used to, youll certainly think its awful and you may be right. Have you ever thought why British businessmen are always portrayed while wearing a bowler hat and an umbrella? Dont rely on the shining sun, it could rain in a few minutes. Last summer I was in London and one day I decided to go to Greenwich by boat: the sky was cloudy and it was quite cold; I thought it was going to rain. Nevertheless I wanted to try and I was right: when I got to Greenwich, the sun was shining, the sky was blue and it was warm. So, when you visit Great Britain, the first things to pack are a rain coat and an umbrella. The British weather is very peculiar: if you are not used to, youll certainly think its awful and you may be right. Have you ever thought why British businessmen are always portrayed while wearing a bowler hat and an umbrella? Dont rely on the shining sun, it could rain in a few minutes. Last summer I was in London and one day I decided to go to Greenwich by boat: the sky was cloudy and it was quite cold; I thought it was going to rain. Nevertheless I wanted to try and I was right: when I got to Greenwich, the sun was shining, the sky was blue and it was warm. So, when you visit Great Britain, the first things to pack are a rain coat and an umbrella. Have you ever thought why the grass in the parks is always so green and nobody seems to take care about it? But there is someone doing! The weather, of course! Have you ever thought why the grass in the parks is always so green and nobody seems to take care about it? But there is someone doing! The weather, of course!

3 HERE SOME EXPRESSIONS USED TO TALK ABOUT THE WEATHER Whats the weather like? (comè il tempo?) Whats the weather like? (comè il tempo?) Its sunny – hot – warm - windy – rainy – cloudy Its sunny – hot – warm - windy – rainy – cloudy (cè il sole – fa molto caldo – fa caldo - cè vento – è nuvoloso) (cè il sole – fa molto caldo – fa caldo - cè vento – è nuvoloso) Its snowing – its pouring with rain – its raining cats and dogs Its snowing – its pouring with rain – its raining cats and dogs (nevica – piove forte – sta piovendo a catinelle lett: piovono cani e gatti) (nevica – piove forte – sta piovendo a catinelle lett: piovono cani e gatti) its not a very nice day – what a terrible day! – what miserable weather! its not a very nice day – what a terrible day! – what miserable weather! (non è una gran bella giornata – che brutta giornata! – che tempaccio!) (non è una gran bella giornata – che brutta giornata! – che tempaccio!) its clearing up – the wind has dropped – the sun has come out – the sun has just gone in – we had a lot of heavy rain this morning its clearing up – the wind has dropped – the sun has come out – the sun has just gone in – we had a lot of heavy rain this morning (si sta schiarendo – il vento è calato – è spuntato il sole – è sparito il sole – stamattina è piovuto moltissimo) (si sta schiarendo – il vento è calato – è spuntato il sole – è sparito il sole – stamattina è piovuto moltissimo) its starting to rain – its stopped raining – the sky is overcast) its starting to rain – its stopped raining – the sky is overcast) (comincia a piovere – ha smesso di piovere – il cielo è coperto) (comincia a piovere – ha smesso di piovere – il cielo è coperto)

4 Conversations starters British people often start a conversation with strangers and friends by talking about the weather. As weather is a neutral topic of conversation, its usually safe to use it to strike up a conversation at the bus stop, in a shop, or with a neighbour over the garden fence. British people often start a conversation with strangers and friends by talking about the weather. As weather is a neutral topic of conversation, its usually safe to use it to strike up a conversation at the bus stop, in a shop, or with a neighbour over the garden fence. Here some examples of conversation starters: Here some examples of conversation starters: - Lovely day, isnt it? (bella giornata, vero?) - Lovely day, isnt it? (bella giornata, vero?) - Bit nippy today (un po freddo oggi) - Bit nippy today (un po freddo oggi) - What strange weather were having! (che tempo strano cè!) - What strange weather were having! (che tempo strano cè!) - It doesnt look like its going to stop raining today (non sembra che voglia - It doesnt look like its going to stop raining today (non sembra che voglia smettere di piovere oggi) smettere di piovere oggi)

5 Attitude to weather Although British people like to complain about the weather, they generally put a brave face on it. Although British people like to complain about the weather, they generally put a brave face on it. If someone complains about too much rain, you might hear: If someone complains about too much rain, you might hear: - Never mind! Its good for the garden. - Never mind! Its good for the garden. If someone complains that its too hot, you could hear: If someone complains that its too hot, you could hear: - At least my tomatoes will be happy! - At least my tomatoes will be happy! If the conversation has been about general bad weather, perhaps someone will say: If the conversation has been about general bad weather, perhaps someone will say: - Well, Ive heard its worst in the west. Theyve had terrible flooding. - Well, Ive heard its worst in the west. Theyve had terrible flooding.

6 PREDICTING THE WEATHER We can make predictions about the weather using a range of forms not just will or going to We can make predictions about the weather using a range of forms not just will or going to - I think it will clear up later (credo che si metterà al bello) - I think it will clear up later (credo che si metterà al bello) - Its going to rain by the looks of it (sembra che stia per piovere) - Its going to rain by the looks of it (sembra che stia per piovere) - Were in for frost tonight (andiamo incontro al gelo questa notte) - Were in for frost tonight (andiamo incontro al gelo questa notte) - Theyre expecting snow in the north (ci si aspetta la neve al nord) - Theyre expecting snow in the north (ci si aspetta la neve al nord) - I hear that showers are coming our way (andremo incontro ad - I hear that showers are coming our way (andremo incontro ad acquazzoni) acquazzoni)

7 HUMAN ATTRIBUTES British also attribute human features to the weather, almost as if the weather can decide what to do: British also attribute human features to the weather, almost as if the weather can decide what to do: - The suns trying to come out (il sole cerca di uscire) - The suns trying to come out (il sole cerca di uscire) - Its been trying to rain all morning (ha tentato di piovere tutta la mattina) - Its been trying to rain all morning (ha tentato di piovere tutta la mattina) - Its finally decided to rain (finalmente si è deciso a piovere) - Its finally decided to rain (finalmente si è deciso a piovere)

8 WHAT DO GARDENERS SAY ABOUT WEATHER FORECAST? As everyone knows, British are fond of gardening, they are keen gardeners and they keep a close eye on the weather forecast. Here some of the weather features which can worry gardeners: As everyone knows, British are fond of gardening, they are keen gardeners and they keep a close eye on the weather forecast. Here some of the weather features which can worry gardeners: - a hard frost (gelo) - a hard frost (gelo) - blizzard/galeforce conditions (bufera di neve/tempesta di vento) - blizzard/galeforce conditions (bufera di neve/tempesta di vento) - hailstones (grandine) - hailstones (grandine) - prolonged rain (pioggia persistente) - prolonged rain (pioggia persistente) - blustery wind (vento forte) - blustery wind (vento forte) - a drought (siccità) but its unlikely, believe me!!! - a drought (siccità) but its unlikely, believe me!!!

9 HERE ARE SOME TEMPERATE CONDITIONS WHICH GARDENERS LIKE - mild weather (tempo mite) - mild weather (tempo mite) - sunny spells (periodo di sole) - sunny spells (periodo di sole) - light drizzle (pioggerella) - light drizzle (pioggerella)

10 AND NOW SOME WEATHER JOKES - Climate is what we expect. Weather is what we get - Climate is what we expect. Weather is what we get (il clima è ciò che ci aspettiamo. Il tempo è ciò che abbiamo) (il clima è ciò che ci aspettiamo. Il tempo è ciò che abbiamo) - Snow storms may be precursors of winter - Snow storms may be precursors of winter (le tempeste di neve potrebbero essere anticipi dinverno) (le tempeste di neve potrebbero essere anticipi dinverno) - Weather forecasts are horoscopes with numbers - Weather forecasts are horoscopes with numbers (le previsioni del tempo sono oroscopi con i numeri) (le previsioni del tempo sono oroscopi con i numeri) - Unbrella: an umbrella that the wind has turned inside out - Unbrella: an umbrella that the wind has turned inside out (----: un ombrello che il vento ha rovesciato) (----: un ombrello che il vento ha rovesciato) - Fog: rain that is barely mist - Fog: rain that is barely mist (nebbia: pioggia che si è semplicemente addensata) (nebbia: pioggia che si è semplicemente addensata) - Why dont cannibals eat weathermen? - Why dont cannibals eat weathermen? (perché i cannibali non mangiano chi fa le previsioni del tempo?) (perché i cannibali non mangiano chi fa le previsioni del tempo?)

11 ARE YOU READY? And now pack as soon as possible: your flight to the United Kingdom is going to leave; dont forget your umbrella, your raincoat and…. remember: in spite of the weather, you will surely enjoy your holiday because this country is BEAUTIFUL!!! And now pack as soon as possible: your flight to the United Kingdom is going to leave; dont forget your umbrella, your raincoat and…. remember: in spite of the weather, you will surely enjoy your holiday because this country is BEAUTIFUL!!!


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