INTERMEDIATE UNIT 3 (B3)

You call to find out if the weather is going to ... Tomorrow, Friday, is going to be the same as today. ... At this time of year you only get warmth and sun in countries like South Africa! ..... Most generally, 'After the rain comes good weather' means.
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INTERMEDIATE UNIT 3 (B3)

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Intermediate Unit 3 (14 activity (ies) 01:34:28) Dialogue: Explore [1 exercises] 1

You are organizing a three-day weekend canoeing trip with a few friends. You call to find out if the weather is going to be all right. Could I have the weather forecast, please? What's the weather going to be like this weekend? Do you have this weekend's forecast?

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I'm afraid not.

3 4 3

Hold the line, please.

Tomorrow, Friday, is going to be the same as today. You mean very cloudy? Oh, then that's not too good. Just as cold?

4

Just a minute.

What exactly do you want to know? Is the weather going to be good? Is it going to rain? I told you! This weekend's weather!

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2 3 2

Not really, no.

4 4 5

Saturday? It won't be better. Yes, showers! Yes, we are!

8 6 6

It will be cloudy and there might be a few showers. What about the day after tomorrow? Not showers! Are you sure about this?

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Probably as cold, yes. But it won't be freezing! 6 6 6

What about the temperature? It seems freezing to me! When will it get warmer?

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It was 51° F today. It will get warmer on Tuesday. But that's after the weekend! I see. And Sunday? Is that a normal temperature?

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Yes, it is. It's just a very rainy season. Yes, and we can't do much about it, can we? What about Sunday? Is it going to be like this everywhere?

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8 8 7

No, just wait!

11 8 9

Sunday's going to be very uncertain too. We could even have storms. Hailstorms? Thunderstorms? You mean with strong winds and lightning?

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Probably, yes. What about Monday? It's better to stay home, then! When is it going to be nice?

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9 9 9

Don't you like canoeing in the rain?

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Not really, no. Maybe, just a little. Yes, it will rain again.

11 11 11

Not much better, I'm afraid. You mean there won't even be any sunny spells? Still no sun? It isn't going to rain, is it?

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At this time of year you only get warmth and sun in countries like South Africa! 12 12 12

I don't mind the clouds, it's the rain! Yes, but it's a bit far! We'll have to watch the canoeing on TV, then!

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Why don't you go canoeing next weekend? Because it's not a long weekend. Why? Is the weather going to be nice and clear? Is it better next weekend?

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14 14 14

Yes, it does.

It means that the sky will clear up. Oh, great! Really? So next weekend will be sunny?

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13 13

It should be much better. There will be a low pressure front. What does that mean? Does it change the weather? And so?

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That's too bad!

15 15 15

Probably.

Yes, you should wait until next weekend. Things will get better then. We'll see. You're sure about that, aren't you? We'll think about it.

Yes, of course!

Keywords [17 word(s)] chilly to clear up (v.) cloudy cold to cool down (v.) Fahrenheit fog freezing lightning overcast to rain (v.) rainbow to snow (v.)

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storm sunny weather wet

Sentence Pronunciation [18 sentence(s)] Could I have the weather forecast, please? What's the weather going to be like this weekend? Do you have this weekend's forecast? Is the weather going to be good? Is it going to rain? You mean very cloudy? Just as cold? What about the day after tomorrow? Not showers! What about the temperature? It seems freezing to me! When will it get warmer? Is that a normal temperature? Hailstorms? Thunderstorms? You mean with strong winds and lightning? Why? Is the weather going to be nice and clear? So next weekend will be sunny?

Key grammar explanations [1 grammar point(s)] 1

Question-tags

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Grammar Practice [2 exercises] 1

Reformulate as in the example. Example: to cool down

to get cooler

to warm up

to get warmer

to become wet

to get wet

to improve

to get better

to prepare

to get ready

to get out of bed

to get up

to dress

to get dressed

'To get' + adjective

2

Reformulate as in the example. Example: to cool down

to get cooler

to become bigger

to get bigger

to loosen up

to get loose to get looser

to come together

to get together

to become cloudy

to get cloudy

to clear up

to get clearer to get clear

to come back

to get back to get home

'To get' + adjective

The main postpositions

Word Order with speech recognition [7 exercises] 1

weather forecasting is weather forecasting is not

2

There was There was a

not an an exact

exact science science

a cold spell in July cold spell in July and we had

and we had to wear sweaters.

to

wear

sweaters.

'Must' - 'Have to'

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Hurricanes and typhoons Hurricanes and typhoons are

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it's important to have family and friends around. it's important to have family and friends around.

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Is Sunday the last day of the week Is Sunday the last day of the week or the first?

are tropical storms. tropical storms.

or

the

first?

'Last' - 'Later' - 'Latter'

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San Francisco is a warmer city than New San Francisco is a warmer city than New York

York

Regular comparatives

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are you sure that global are you sure that global warming

warming doesn't doesn't exist?

exist?

Direct and indirect questions

Dialogue: Expression [1 exercises] 1

You are organizing a three-day weekend canoeing trip with a few friends. You call to find out if the weather is going to be all right. Could I have the weather forecast, please? What's the weather going to be like this weekend? Do you have this weekend's forecast?

2

Just a minute.

What exactly do you want to know? Is the weather going to be good? Is it going to rain? I told you! This weekend's weather!

3

2 3 2

I'm afraid not.

3 4 3

Hold the line, please.

Tomorrow, Friday, is going to be the same as today. You mean very cloudy? Oh, then that's not too good. Just as cold?

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4 4 5

Not really, no.

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4

It will be cloudy and there might be a few showers. What about the day after tomorrow? Not showers! Are you sure about this?

5

Saturday? It won't be better. Yes, showers! Yes, we are!

Probably as cold, yes. But it won't be freezing! What about the temperature? It seems freezing to me! When will it get warmer?

6

6 6 6

It was 51° F today. It will get warmer on Tuesday. But that's after the weekend! I see. And Sunday? Is that a normal temperature?

7

8 8 7

Yes, it is. It's just a very rainy season. Yes, and we can't do much about it, can we? What about Sunday? Is it going to be like this everywhere?

8

No, just wait!

11 8 9

Sunday's going to be very uncertain too. We could even have storms. 9 9 9

Hailstorms? Thunderstorms? You mean with strong winds and lightning?

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8 6 6

Probably, yes. What about Monday? It's better to stay home, then! When is it going to be nice?

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Don't you like canoeing in the rain?

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10 11 11

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Not much better, I'm afraid. You mean there won't even be any sunny spells? Still no sun? It isn't going to rain, is it?

11

Not really, no. Maybe, just a little. Yes, it will rain again.

11 11 11

At this time of year you only get warmth and sun in countries like South Africa! I don't mind the clouds, it's the rain! Yes, but it's a bit far! We'll have to watch the canoeing on TV, then!

12

Why don't you go canoeing next weekend? Because it's not a long weekend. Why? Is the weather going to be nice and clear? Is it better next weekend?

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13 13

14 14 14

Yes, it does.

It means that the sky will clear up. Oh, great! Really? So next weekend will be sunny?

15

That's too bad!

It should be much better. There will be a low pressure front. What does that mean? Does it change the weather? And so?

14

12 12 12

15 15 15

Probably.

Yes, you should wait until next weekend. Things will get better then. We'll see. You're sure about that, aren't you? We'll think about it.

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Yes, of course!

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Dialogue: Explore [1 exercises] 1

Despite the bad news, you decide to go canoeing on that weekend. You are now back and you talk about it with a friend who asks you, "How was it?" Well, not that good! Oh, we had a great time! So-so.

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3 2 3

What was the weather like? It was just beautiful! No clouds! The weather was fine.

3

5 5 5

Why is that? It was too cold! It rained all weekend, nonstop! The weather wasn't too good.

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4 4 4

You didn't enjoy it, then? 6 6 6

We only had a nice rainbow! No! I fell in the water, and it was ice-cold! It felt like winter! Right in the middle of spring!

5

That's great! Yes, it was supposed to rain! It's always nicer when the sun's out! The weather forecast was wrong!

6

Oh, was it?

7 7 7

It sometimes is!

Why don't you go canoeing in the summer? It's warmer! 7 7 7

I do other things in the summer. I'll have to think about it... Yes, I know.

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I went skiing that same weekend. Did you? Did you have snow? And what was the weather like?

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Yes, it does! Very foggy! Yes, it was all right.

10 9 10

Yes!

11 11 11

Yes, we couldn't see a thing! Was the fog that thick? Not easy to ski, then! Did you drive back in the fog?

10

8 8 8

The first day was fantastic, the second was drizzly. And the drizzle melts the snow... Was it foggy? That's not too bad!

9

Yes! Not much, no!

No, we took the train.

It is a very wet season anyway. I know! I hope we'll have a nice summer at least! It really is!

11

Look at this! It's starting to rain again! Do you have your umbrella? I'm going to go and hide in a movie theater, I think. I'm used to this now!

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11 11 11

No!

12 13 12

You should always have an umbrella and a raincoat with you! 13 13 13

I always forget mine! I'm always too optimistic! That's true!

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Well, it was nice seeing you. I have to go now! Yes, so do I! It's boring to talk about the weather anyway. Yes, let's go before we get all wet!

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Everybody is always talking about the weather. I never talk about the weather! Do you? You're right! Yes, see you at the tennis club, then!

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Yes! See you!

No! Never! 15

If the weather's nice, yes! Yes, if it's nice! Call the weather forecasters! It will be nice!

Keywords [17 word(s)] fall hurricane to improve (v.) raincoat rainy season spring summer sunshine temperature thunder today tomorrow to warm up (v.) weather forecast winter yesterday

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Key grammar explanations [7 grammar point(s)] 1

'Should' and 'ought to': advice

2

Use of the preterite

3

The near future: BE + ING

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'Must' - 'Have to'

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'Will' - 'To be going to'

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'Had better' - 'Would rather'

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Past interrogatives

Picture/Word Association with speech recognition [6 exercises] 1 a rainbow a star a waterfall a cloud a comet the moon

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2 fog rainfall sunshine wind lightning a cloud

3 winter spring summer fall

4 spring summer fall winter

5 summer spring fall winter

6 an umbrella a hat a raincoat a jacket

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Word Order with speech recognition [8 exercises] 1

roller coasters provide nonstop thrills and excitement. roller coasters provide nonstop thrills and excitement.

2

'I love Paris in the winter, when I love Paris in the winter, when it drizzles. Verbs without a continuous form Relative pronouns and adverbs

3

'I love Paris in the I love Paris in the summer,

it

sizzles.'

Transitive and intransitive verbs

Jack the Ripper liked to hide in the Jack the Ripper liked to hide in the thick fog Construction of the preterite

drizzles.'

Transitive and intransitive verbs

summer, when when it sizzles.

Verbs without a continuous form Relative pronouns and adverbs

4

it

thick

Use of the preterite

5

if you say that the glass is half if you say that the glass is half full, you are

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canoeing in the Great canoeing in the Great Lakes

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Is there really a pot of Is there really a pot of gold

Lakes is is a thrilling

gold at at the end

fog

Verbs with a reflexive or reciprocal meaning

full, you are an optimist.

a thrilling adventure.

an

optimist.

adventure.

the end of of a rainbow?

a

rainbow?

'There is' - 'There are'

8

weekends were made to weekends were made to have

have as much fun as as much fun as possible

Use of the past participle as an adjective

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possible

'As much as' - 'As many as'

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Dialogue: Expression [1 exercises] 1

Despite the bad news, you decide to go canoeing on that weekend. You are now back and you talk about it with a friend who asks you, "How was it?" Well, not that good! Oh, we had a great time! So-so.

2

3 2 3

What was the weather like? It was just beautiful! No clouds! The weather was fine.

3

5 5 5

Why is that? It was too cold! It rained all weekend, nonstop! The weather wasn't too good.

4

4 4 4

You didn't enjoy it, then? 6 6 6

We only had a nice rainbow! No! I fell in the water, and it was ice-cold! It felt like winter! Right in the middle of spring!

5

That's great! Yes, it was supposed to rain! It's always nicer when the sun's out! The weather forecast was wrong!

6

Oh, was it?

7 7 7

It sometimes is!

Why don't you go canoeing in the summer? It's warmer! 7 7 7

I do other things in the summer. I'll have to think about it... Yes, I know.

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7

I went skiing that same weekend. Did you? Did you have snow? And what was the weather like?

8

Yes, it does! Very foggy! Yes, it was all right.

10 9 10

Yes!

11 11 11

Yes, we couldn't see a thing! Was the fog that thick? Not easy to ski, then! Did you drive back in the fog?

10

8 8 8

The first day was fantastic, the second was drizzly. And the drizzle melts the snow... Was it foggy? That's not too bad!

9

Yes! Not much, no!

No, we took the train.

It is a very wet season anyway. I know! I hope we'll have a nice summer at least! It really is!

11

Look at this! It's starting to rain again! Do you have your umbrella? I'm going to go and hide in a movie theater, I think. I'm used to this now!

12

11 11 11

No!

12 13 12

You should always have an umbrella and a raincoat with you! 13 13 13

I always forget mine! I'm always too optimistic! That's true!

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Well, it was nice seeing you. I have to go now! Yes, so do I! It's boring to talk about the weather anyway. Yes, let's go before we get all wet!

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Everybody is always talking about the weather. I never talk about the weather! Do you? You're right! Yes, see you at the tennis club, then!

15

Yes! See you!

No! Never! 15

If the weather's nice, yes! Yes, if it's nice! Call the weather forecasters! It will be nice!

Video and Questions [1 exercises] In bars, at bus stops, there is one subject that everyone can talk about: the weather. That’s right, even politicians can talk about the weather calmly! Unfortunately, like politics, a lovely, blue sky can quickly become overcast and menacing. When a thunderstorm strikes, the sky fills with light and rumblings. Flashes of light illuminate the countryside. The weathermen spend years studying the weather, but they haven’t managed to explain why storms always happen on bank holidays, when everyone wants to go to the seaside or into the country. You’d think that Mother Nature never checks the date before watering her garden. Children love thunder and lightning, but they’re afraid of it too. They know that lightning can be fatal and they hide under their beds. In the middle of the night you have the impression that it’s the middle of the day! You can estimate the distance of the storm by counting the time between the lightning and the thunderbolt. If the time is very short, you’d better not fly your kite! Adults, however, spend half their lives waiting to fall in love, which some say is like being struck by lightning. But that doesn't have anything to do with the weather! There are some seasons when it rains more often. In spring and fall, for example, showers are very frequent. Rain can arrive suddenly and disappear ten seconds later. In certain places in the world, during the monsoon, inches and inches of warm rain fall each afternoon. The rain waters the ground and makes the soil richer, which then yields abundantly. This explains why equatorial countries are very green. However, an absence of water leads to drought and makes life difficult. When the sun and rain meet, a rainbow appears. Tradition says that you can find gold at the end of a rainbow. But hurry up and get the most from these natural phenomena because they don’t last long! Hey! It disappeared already! Never mind! Just be happy with this radiant sky. The air is cooler and the light brighter. Quick, let’s go out! It’s time to take advantage of it.

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Don’t forget your sunglasses, suntan lotion and umbrella... just in case there’s another shower. In any case, let’s rejoice since everyone knows that after the rain comes the good weather.

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What is characteristic of a monsoon? It brings lots of rain. It is unpredictable. It has long horns. It snows a lot during a monsoon.

2

Tradition says that... seeing a rainbow can make you rich. rainbows are a sign from God. rainbows mark the end of a storm. you should stay inside if there is a rainbow.

3

What is 'Mother Nature's garden'? The Earth The Garden of Eden Vegetable gardens everywhere The neighbor's yard

4

What do children think about storms? They know storms can kill. They hate storms. They like storms because school gets canceled. They don't understand storms.

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If the time is short between lightning and the sound of thunder,... you'd better stay inside. your kite could be carried away by the wind. the storm is almost over. then you are safe.

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What makes equatorial countries very fertile? It rains a lot. The wind blows very hard. The sun shines the whole year through. There are lots of rainbows.

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After the storm, the narrator suggests... going outside to enjoy the weather. going outside to take advantage of the sales. taking advantage of the rainbow to look for gold. taking advantage of the good weather to play golf.

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Most generally, 'After the rain comes good weather' means... bad luck can't continue forever. after cold weather comes hot weather. after a bad day, the next day will be worse.

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According to the video, what do politics and the weather have in common? The atmosphere can change quickly. They are both common subjects for discussion. Knowing the weather can help you understand politics.

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