- As I mentioned in lesson 9, a colleague of mine, Glenys Hanson, at the Universitй of Besanзon 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 without subtitles first in order to train your ears! It's a good idea to watch several times until you feel the "music", before watching the version with subtitles. Your pronunciation will be much better if you follow this rule.
What's the weather like?
Watch this video, then click on Exercise 1
Same video with Precise Subtitles below ↓ but first you will watch again without subtitles! If you watch at least twice WITHOUT subtitles, your pronunciation will be much better in the end! PS: Subtitles begin at 1:41.
Click on "Exercise 1" after watching!
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.