1. It’s freezing outside!
2. It’s a bit chilly. Wrap up warm.
3. It’s cold.
4. It’s Arctic out there.
5. It’s quite fresh – take a jumper.
6. You can see your breath in the air.
7. It’s below zero.
8. It must be minus five or more.
9. It’s pretty frosty today.
10. My car’s iced up, it’s that cold.
11. I can’t believe the fog! Did you have a hard time driving today?
12. It’s freezing out today. Do you think it will snow?
13. It looks like it’s going to snow.
1. It’s nice and warm today.
2. It’s pretty hot, isn’t it?
3. We’re having a heatwave!
4. It’s so hot! It must be over 80.
5. It’s nice in the sun.
6. The weather’s lovely.
7. It’s a lovely day.
8. It’s absolutely boiling!
9. It’s positively tropical today.
10. It’s sunny today, isn’t it?
11. Did you order this sunshine?
12. So hot for this time of year.
13. It’s so nice out today, isn’t it?
14. The weather’s nice today, right?
15. I heard it’s supposed to be sunny tomorrow. That’s good, right?
16. We couldn’t ask for a nicer day, could we?
17. Beautiful day, isn’t it?
1. Is that rain?
2. It’s only a shower.
3. It’s pouring.
4. It’s bucketing down.
5. We’d better run for it.
6. It’s been raining all day.
7. I’m soaked to the skin.
8. I’m drenched.
9. Looks like rain.
10. We could do with some rain.
11. Wow, it’s really (Raining/pouring) out today! Did you get caught in the rain?
12. Can you believe all of this rain we’ve been having?
13. I hear they’re calling for thunderstorms all weekend.
The high sunlit clouds drifted across a clear blue sky.
The sky above was full of tumultuous, dark, ragged clouds.
A sky of mackerel clouds, crimson and amber-tinted.
It was a grey afternoon with a dull sky threatening rain.
A cloud, ominous and black, drifted over the mountain and released a sudden shower.
The sun rose in a pool of crimson and gold, spilling light all over the land and the white clouds.
From freezing night, it turned to scorching day as the sun climbed towards its zenith.
As the sun set, the few thin strips of clouds on the horizon turned shimmering gold.
It was a lovely walk, with the sun setting behind the mountain in a sea of liquid gold.
The sunsets have been glorious lately, all rosy and salmon- pink.
Thunder came marching from far away with increasing tread.
Lightning and thunder raged with fury.
A flash of forked lightning and a great clap of thunder came close upon each other.
A bolt of lightning tore across the sky and a peal of thunder followed.
The wind was sighing and thrashing in the tree tops and the boughs moaned.
The morning was cold and wet with a brisk wind sweeping the rain across the land.
A curtain of rain beat down from the heavens.
The moon was abnormally large and it bathed the earth with its luminous glow.
Cat Festival in Tokyo – level 1
This news is from Tokyo. A cat festival happens there. People dress up as cats. They paint their faces, wear masks, and put on cat ears. They parade through the streets.
A Japanese designer organises this festival. The festival celebrates three things – Halloween, autumn, and cats. The festival is a hit. People look very good.
The Japanese love cats. They have cat cafés and Hello Kitty. People love homeless cats, too.
Difficult words: parade (when people move slowly down a street to honour something), celebrate (show that you like something by having a good time).
Cat Festival in Tokyo – level 2
A cat festival happened in Tokyo in an area which is famous for its love of cats. People painted their faces, wore masks, or just put on cat ears, and paraded through the streets.
A Japanese designer organised the festival. She said that she wanted to celebrate Halloween, autumn and cats all in one parade. The festival was a hit. People put a lot of work into their costumes.
Japan is a country that loves cats. It introduced cat cafés and Hello Kitty to the world. There’s even enough love for stray cats in Tokyo.
Difficult words: parade (when people move slowly down a street to honour something), costume (a set of clothes which look like something special), stray (homeless).
Cat Festival in Tokyo – level 3
The annual ghostly cat festival happened in Tokyo. Locals painted their faces, wore masks, or just popped on some cat ears to parade through an area famed for its love of cats. Japanese designer Okameya Yuko organised the festival and said that she wanted to celebrate Halloween, autumn and cats all in one parade. It seems that it was a hit, with one participant saying that it was amazing and impressive because people put a lot of work into their cosplays. Japan is a country that loves cats – it introduced cat cafés and Hello Kitty to the world. There’s even enough love for stray cats in Tokyo, which are a common sight. A person could say that Japan is a pretty pawsome place.
Difficult words: annual (happening every year), ghostly (mysterious, magical), cosplay (the word for “costume” from the Japanese language), stray (homeless), pawsome (this is a mix of two words: “paw” and “awesome”).
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