ESL and Synonyms, ESL compare and contrast

Let’s Talk Weather in English: Use Synonyms

talk weather using synonyms

 

我们用英文谈天气:使用近义词

Weather is usually a pretty boring topic, but we tend to talk about it when making small talk. Like when we greet someone we just met. Or when there is awkward silence and we need a topic starter.

天气是个特别无趣的话题,但我们又经常唠嗑的时候会时不时提到天气。

 

“It’s been pretty hot and humid lately, eh?”

“Yes, I’ve missed drier and cooler days.”

 

How Was the Weather that Day?

那一天的天气如何?

You might wonder why we need to use synonyms when talking anything—of all things, weather. Well, we all have strong opinions and feelings when it comes to weather. I like snow. Some people like rain. When I recall a good time or a sad time, I also think back on what the weather was like that day. For example, I remember that it was a really hot, sweltering day when I had my SATs in high school. I was all nerves but was happy that I managed to find the testing centre on my own.

当我回忆起某个特别的日子,有好有坏,我通常都会同时记起那天的天气。

 

Emphasize Your Feeling, Opinion and Preference

强调你的感受,见解与喜好

Using words with similar meanings or synonyms in the same sentence can help us emphasize and stress a point. And when talking about a “boring” topic such as weather, it makes sense to want to make it a bit more interesting by using words that convey strong preference, opinion or feeling. One word cannot do, so two or three words together help to give your description the “UMPH” it needs.

使用一个形容词来描述某个事物通常会显得较苍白无力,同时使用两个或三个近义词则起到很好的强调作用。

 

I like rainy weather.

I love a light rain and drizzle in the summer.

 

Go Double with Your Adjectives

两个形容词成双成对

So, what sort of words with similar meanings can be used together to describe weather in English?

用来描述天气的英文形容词有哪些是可以成双成对来用的呢?

 

“Hot’ Words

– hot and scorching

– humid and sweltering

– sultry and tropical

 

“Cold” Words

– cold and freezing

– frigid and frosty

– wintry and snowy

 

“Mild” Words

– warm and temperate

– cool and breezy

– mild and comfortable

 

“Extreme” Words

– dry and arid

– extreme and inclement

– stormy and unpredictable

 

Conclusion

We talk about weather just like we would talk about what we had for dinner. It is a part of our everyday lives. Sometimes, if you are like me, you might think back to the day you graduated university and recall what the weather was like that day. It is good to use appropriate words that describe what the weather feels like. Using synonyms, often adjectives, side-by-side allows us to describe exactly how the day (weather) feels like.

 

 

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