What’s the weather like?

I promised I would post new activities during this week while you are taking the oral exam.

Since we are going to talk about the weather, I am posting a listening comprehension task on this topic.

  • Before you start watching the video, take a piece of paper to take notes.
  • First you will see the regular version, then the version with Closed Captions (English subtitles).
  • Watch the video clip and write down the names of the people interviewed and the adjectives they use to describe the weather.
  • Watch the regular version as many times as necessary before you check your answers.

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More links about ‘The Weather’

BBC Weather News

Stormy Weather (a song sung by Sinatra). I have to thank Mª Jesús, a teacher from EOI Mérida, for this link.

Report and predict the weather (interactive activity)

Useful vocabulary with a recording of the words (a lesson proposed by Randall S. Davis )

Friday’s weather report (another listening from esl-lab)

See you next week 🙂

14 thoughts on “What’s the weather like?

  1. Miquel Gallardo

    The video is pretty understandable. However, I had to look for the meaning of these words: brisk, crisp, dull and chilly. I had never heard about those adjectives, so I will try to remember their meaning.

  2. Begoña


    It’s a useful website for learning a lot about “The Weather” as well you can access different links about this topic.
    From now, early in the winter’s mornings, as I go walking to my work, I may say “it’s chilly or crisp, today” or when the wind doesn’t allow look properly, I might say”it’s breezy”.

    It’s interesting because you can know different people’s opinions around the world about their favourite seasons or weather.

    See you next week.

  3. Modesto


    Very interesting links, but there’s some problem with the link to Useful Vocabulary, I tried it and it didn’t work.


  4. Josep


    A very interesting listening that allows you to learn some new vocabulary (adjectives as breezy, brisk, damp, mild, etc…) and to get used to listening to different English accents.
    The BBC weather forecast is a bit more difficult to understand and, unfortunately, you don’t have subtitles. I agree with Modesto, you can’t get the vocabulary when clicking on the link.

    Have a nice weekend!


  5. Elisabet F.


    It’s a very interesting video. I did it the part of the book refered to the weather before watched it and I found two new words: brisk nd crisp.

    See you


  6. Marta Quintero


    While I was listening to the song sung by Sinatra, I remembered two more songs about the weather: “Singing in the rain” and “Raindrops keep falling on my head”, and searching in the Internet I’ve found “Feezing” a song By MoZella, all of them had vocabulary related to the weather. But the best for me is the following:

    I am the weather dude, I’m the weather dude
    Cause weather, it’s a trip for you and me.
    Yeah I’m the weather dude, I’m the weather dude
    What up, it’s hip meteorology from A to Z.

    A is for the atmosphere, that’s where it all begins,
    B for one big burning sun making all our weather trends.
    C for condensation turning moisture into clouds,
    D-drops of precipitation hit my roof so loud.
    E-evaporation, puts more moisture right up there,
    F for front, the line between two chunks of cold and warmer air.
    G is for the gust of wind that cools you while you play,
    H is for humidity on a sticky sticky summer day.

    I is for the ice that forms the high clouds where it’s cold,
    J is for how high you jump when thunder booms and rolls
    K is for the king-sized cumulonimbus rising high,
    and L is for l-l-lightning bolts that flash across the sky.
    M is for the mercury in my thermometer.
    N stands for the numbers there on my barometer.
    O for observations that this weather dude makes each day.
    and P is for the pressure of the air so I can say…

    Q for quit, but quiet! We’re not finished yet, not quite.
    R until the rainbow shows its colors big and bright.
    S for snow that falls from freezing clouds so I am told,
    T is for the temperature, it may be warm or cold.
    U and V for ultra-violet rays from Mister sun.
    W, w-w-w-w-water cycle, there’s more rain to come.
    For X for Y for Z, I can’t think of what to do!
    But I can spell the forecast out cause I’m the Weather Dude!

    And http://www.weather.com/glossary/

    See you on monday!

  7. Montse Colón

    It’s good, weather and its adjectives.
    Now I’m going to look for some words that I don’t know.
    See you later!

  8. paco


    I think we are lucky people for living here where the weather usually is pleasant and sunny not like on the video where the weather is horrible…although today is damp and dull !

  9. Mariona

    Hi Anna!!
    Sorry for not writting earlier, I’ve been doing the exercices but I didn’t have enought time for write all I wanted… Well, I’ve found all the exercices, explanations, and websides very useful and interesting, I liked a lot the last one, refered to weather, so I searched songs and poems refered to the weather, and I found two very interesting webs: http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/songspoems17.html#
    Thank you very much for give us those interesting exercices this days, you are very kind! Se you!! ^^

  10. Maria T.

    Hi Anna!
    I’ve done this activity and I’ve found it really interesting. I could understand almost every word they said, but I’ve had to look up some words, such as brisk, crisp, dull, etc.
    Now, I have to learn them!

    See you soon.


  11. Núria Serrano

    Hi Folks!!

    Very interesting. The video is easy to understand and it give me the chance to learn new vocabulary like crispy, dull, mild, damp. I will try to add them in my memory.

    See you!!


  12. Alex Fernandez

    Hi everybody,

    I just want to say something, it’s wonderfull that all this winter (more or less) It’s drizzling, because since I work in Aigües de Terrassa, I see or I know better what necessary is the rain for us. We need the rain always, altuogh we would always prefer a sunny day 🙂

    See you!

  13. Núria J

    Hi Anna,

    I didn’t have much time to look up these sites carefully and I found it very useful. I’m sure they’ll help us to study and remember the new vocabulary.

    Now, that I’ve studied a bit the vocabulary about this topic, it’s easier for me to do the exercise and understand the most of the adjectives people say about the weather in the video.

    Thank you very much again for all this extra material.

    See you.

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