Lesson 12

What's the weather like?
Weather Vocabulary and Dictation Exercise

Level: Beginner
Lesson contents:

As I mentioned in lesson 9, a colleague of mine, Glenys Hanson, at the Université of Besançon in France, has contributed several dictation exercises for Real English video. This is one of them. I have simply added a vocabulary introduction before her very well designed quiz. It's one of the most popular quizzes on the University's EFL e-learning site. It's the ultimate in listening comprehension, with a constant help module integrated into the quiz itself.

Always watch the video several times without subtitles first. Train your ears! Your pronunciation will be much better if you follow this simple rule.

Exercises for this lesson:
How to do the lessons:
  1. Watch the video without subtitles.
  2. Do all the Exercises.
  3. Come back to this page.
  4. Watch the video with English Subtitles. Use the Pause button. People speak fast!

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What's the weather like?

Watch this video, then click on Exercise 1:

Same video with Precise Subtitles:



When beginners learn their "weather vocabulary" it is usually limited to cold, hot, raining, snowing, and a few other banalities. But other ways to describe the weather, such as crisp, brisk, nippy, dull, and "healthy" are just as common.

This is one thing I really like like about Real English®. It provides us with ordinary vocabulary which seems esoteric, only because the big publishers rarely get beyond the banalities.