Conversation Lesson 9
 
 
 
 
Lesson 9 - Is It Cold?

In this lesson Anna wants to know about the weather in Washington, D.C. She asks her phone. The phone tells her about the weather - but is the phone right?
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Lesson Video

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Video Script

Anna: Oh, hi, everyone! Here in Washington, DC, the weather changes often. One day is cold and windy. But the next day is warm and sunny! So, every day I check the forecast. Hello, Phone? What is today’s temperature?
Phone: Today it is 18 degrees ...
Anna: Eighteen degrees! That is cold!
Phone: … eighteen degrees Celsius.
Anna: Oh, Celsius. That is 65 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s warm.
Phone: Yes, Anna. It is warm.
Anna: Excuse me, Phone. Is it windy today?
Phone: No, it is not windy today.
Anna: Is it sunny today?
Phone: Yes, Anna. It is sunny.
Anna: Excuse me, Phone?
Phone: Yes, Anna.
Anna: Is it snowy today?
Phone: No, Anna. It is not snowy.
Anna: Thank you, Phone!
Anna: Today the weather is warm and sunny -- great for seeing Washington, D.C.
Anna: Phone! It is not warm and sunny! It is cold and windy and snowy!
Phone: Anna, it is not cold, windy, or snowy. It is warm and sunny … in Mexico City, Mexico.
Anna: Oh. I see. Mexico.
Anna: Washington weather changes often. Remember to check the forecast -- the right forecast.
Phone: Yes, Anna. Next time remember to check the right fore…
Anna: Okay, thank you Phone. Goodbye, Phone.
Anna: Until next time!
Listening

Now practice listening to only the audio portion of the conversation.
Speaking

In this video, learn to say the new words. Learn to talk about weather and how to make your voice go up or down to show feelings with the word, "oh."
Pronunciation

In this video, you ​learn how Americans say short answers with no break between the words.
New Words
  • Celsius - adj. relating to or having a scale for measuring temperature on which the boiling point of water is at 100 degrees and the freezing point of water is at 0 degrees
  • change - v. to become different
  • check -v. to get information by looking at something, asking about something, etc.
  • cold - adj. having a very low temperature​
  • degree - n. a unit for measuring temperature
  • Fahrenheit - adj. relating to or having a scale for measuring temperature on which the boiling point of water is at 212 degrees above zero and the freezing point is at 32 degrees above zero
  • forecast - n. a statement about what you think is going to happen in the future​
  • phone - n. a device that is connected to a telephone system and that you use to listen or speak to someone who is somewhere else​
  • snowy - adj. having falling snow or covered with snow​
  • sunny - adj. having plenty of bright sunlight​
  • temperature - n. a measurement that indicates how hot or cold something is; a measurement in degrees showing the heat of something (such as air or water)​
  • warm - adj. somewhat hot; not cool or cold​
  • weather - n. the temperature and other outside conditions (such as rain, cloudiness, etc.) at a particular time and place
  • windy - adj. having a lot of wind
Activity

What is the weather where you are? You can see some examples in the Activity Sheet. Do the activity and write to us about your town's weather in the Facebook Comments section below. Click lesson activity to get the printable PDF version. The page opens to a new window.
Source: Voice of America
 
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