When you hear the word “winter” what do you normally think of? The most common English words and phrases connected to winter are snow, Santa, Christmas, dark nights, wrap up warm, hot chocolate…. Well, we are here again and what a quick year it has been! The clocks go back (the time is adjusted to winter time), depending on what part of the world you are in, on Saturday night/Sunday morning (28th /29th October) so we will now be faced with (you will now experience) dark evenings as the nights close in (days become shorter and the nights become longer) and winter begins. The upside (advantage) for many is that we enjoy an extra hour in bed! So all is not so bad!
We usually have many jobs to do to get ready for the winter. For me I have to get out (take out of storage) the winter clothes. Put away (put into storage) the summer tee-shirts and shorts replace them with warm jumpers, shirts and thick socks. The winter hat and heavy coat are also ready and in case we have early snow or lots of rain the winter boots are also cleaned.
The heating will be turned on in most rooms and the radiators checked to make sure they are working. I have already switched (changed) my breakfast so I am now enjoying a warm bowl of porridge with honey instead of the muesli I eat during the summer.
The car is also checked and again depending on where you live you may be considering putting on your winter tyres. This can be a little troublesome (difficult). You have to take the spare wheels/tyres from the balcony or storage room, pack them into the car and then go to the service station to get them changed. This involves waiting in line (queuing for a while) until it is your turn. Of course if you are really well prepared you might have made an appointment (fixed time) and so avoid standing in line too long. Once the car is checked and the wheels changed you are all set. Thoughts then switch to a winter holiday perhaps?
English Idioms connected to Winter
Here are some useful English words and phrases connected to winter:
CHILL OUT – We use this when we want to relax or unwind after a difficult day.
ex. I love to chill out in front of a warm fire and a glass of wine.
SNOWED UNDER – Used to refer to the fact we have lots to do and have no time for anything else.
ex. I would love to go to the match with you but I am snowed under at work and have no time.
PUT IT ON ICE – When we want to delay something for a little while.
ex. That idea is great but we do not have time to do it now. Can we put it on ice until the new year?
ON THIN ICE – Where you are in a little bit of trouble,not sure of your point or at risk of making a mistake.
ex. He had missed his wife’s birthday as he was on a business trip,if he missed their anniversary he would be on very thin ice!
TO WRAP UP WARM – To put on warm clothes (hat, scarf, gloves) against the chill of winter.
ex. It’s cold outside, wrap up warm!
Don’t forget your personal check up. Vitamins and exercise are essential for a healthy winter.
English Words and Phrases connected to Winter
English Vocabulary Words
the clocks go back – the time is adjusted to winter time
to be faced with – to experience something
the nights close in – days become shorter and the nights become longer
to get out – take out of storage
to put away – put into storage
to switch– to change
troublesome – difficult
waiting in line – queuing for a while
appointment – fixed time
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