Lesson 9: Is It Cold?


Anna wants to know about the weather in Washington, D.C. She asks her phone. The phone tells her about the weather - but is the phone right?


In this video, learn to say the new words. Learn to talk about weather and how to make your voice go up or down to show feelings with the word, "oh." You can also download the Activity Sheet and practice talking about weather with a friend.


​In this video, you ​learn how Americans say short answers with no break between the words.


Anna: Oh, hi, everyone! Here in Washington, DC, the weather changes often. One day is cold and windy. But the next day is warm and sunny! So, every day I check the forecast. Hello, Phone? What is today’s temperature?
Phone: Today it is 18 degrees ...
Anna: Eighteen degrees! That is cold!
Phone: … eighteen degrees Celsius.
Anna: Oh, Celsius. That is 65 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s warm.
Phone: Yes, Anna. It is warm.
Anna: Excuse me, Phone. Is it windy today?
Phone: No, it is not windy today.
Anna: Is it sunny today?
Phone: Yes, Anna. It is sunny.
Anna: Excuse me, Phone?
Phone: Yes, Anna.
Anna: Is it snowy today?
Phone: No, Anna. It is not snowy.
Anna: Thank you, Phone!
Anna: Today the weather is warm and sunny -- great for seeing Washington, D.C.
Anna: Phone! It is not warm and sunny! It is cold and windy and snowy!
Phone: Anna, it is not cold, windy, or snowy. It is warm and sunny … in Mexico City, Mexico.
Anna: Oh. I see. Mexico.
Anna: Washington weather changes often. Remember to check the forecast -- the right forecast.
Phone: Yes, Anna. Next time remember to check the right fore…
Anna: Okay, thank you Phone. Goodbye, Phone.
Anna: Until next time!


What is the weather where you are? You can see some examples in the Activity Sheet. Click on the image below to download it. Send us an email or write to us about your town's weather in the Comments section.

Activity Sheet for Let's Learn English Lesson 9

Activity Sheet for Let's Learn English Lesson 9

Learning Strategy

Learning Strategies are the thoughts and actions that help make learning easier or more effective. The learning strategy for this lesson is Look for Ways to Practice. We learn to speak by practicing often. Here is an example.

Nina sits on the bus next to a friendly American woman. Looking for a way to practice English, Nina asks, "What is the weather in your city?" The woman tells her about her home town, Tampa, Florida. "It's very warm and sunny." Nina can now practice speaking English with the woman until her bus stop.

How do you find ways to practice English? Write to us in the Comments section or send us an email. Teachers, see the Lesson Plan for more details on teaching this strategy.

Listening Quiz

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New Words

Celsius - adj. relating to or having a scale for measuring temperature on which the boiling point of water is at 100 degrees and the freezing point of water is at 0 degrees
change - v. to become different
check -v. to get information by looking at something, asking about something, etc.
cold - adj. having a very low temperature​
degree - n. a unit for measuring temperature
Fahrenheit - adj. relating to or having a scale for measuring temperature on which the boiling point of water is at 212 degrees above zero and the freezing point is at 32 degrees above zero
forecast - n. a statement about what you think is going to happen in the future​
phone - n. a device that is connected to a telephone system and that you use to listen or speak to someone who is somewhere else​
snowy - adj. having falling snow or covered with snow​
sunny - adj. having plenty of bright sunlight​
temperature - n. a measurement that indicates how hot or cold something is; a measurement in degrees showing the heat of something (such as air or water)​
warm - adj. somewhat hot; not cool or cold​
weather - n. the temperature and other outside conditions (such as rain, cloudiness, etc.) at a particular time and place
windy - adj. having a lot of wind


Free Materials

Word Book

Word Book

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Each Let's Learn English lesson has an Activity Sheet for extra practice on your own or in the classroom. In this lesson, you can use it to practice a conversation about activities.

For Teachers

Lesson Plan - Let's Learn English Lesson 9

Lesson Plan - Let's Learn English Lesson 9

See the Lesson Plan for this lesson for ideas and more teaching resources. Send us an email if you have comments on this course or questions.

Grammar focus: Short answers;

Topics: Talk about weather; agree and disagree; use Fahrenheit or Celsius

Speaking & Pronunciation Focus: Intonation of 'oh;' reduced form of short affirmative answers