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Snow Days

Snow Days

Date: Jan 08 2010

Themes: School, Weather, Work

Grammar: Present Perfect Tense

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Generally, there are two types of people: those that see magic in a snow day and those that see a set of obstacles to their daily routine.

For some, snow days mean a beautiful, white landscape and an unexpected chance to sit indoors sipping hot chocolate instead of going to work or school. To them, snow days are magic. For others, snow days are a hassle. They mean being stuck inside, dealing with dangerous road conditions, and having wet, cold feet that test a person’s patience. Listen to Dale and Beren talk about their reactions to snow days.

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Dale

Dale

Beren

Beren

Dale:  OK, I have to ask, I have to ask. When it was snowing and you had a snow day from school, how did you feel?

Beren:  You know, I never really got a snow day until I moved here and last year when it snowed were the first snow days I ever experienced.

Dale:  Snow weeks. Did you get any cabin fever?

Beren:  I totally got cabin fever. You had to figure out different indoor activities to pass the time. Lots of board games, lots of television, lots of movies.

Dale:  Yeah. I just personally, I didn’t like the TV ‘cause they always talked about the weather, so it kind of made me go a little stir crazy trying to find other things to do. I mean, I don’t know, when weather like that happens and it shuts down the city, does it affect a whole lot of people a lot of the times?

Beren:  I think it does here for some reason, which is strange because I’ve lived other places where it snows all the time and, you know, they’re prepared for it. I think that’s what it is. They have the snow plows. But it seems like especially the last couple winters here the whole city’s been shut down. People freak out, like, “Do not go outside! You’ll die!!”

 

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Where Beren lives, it doesn’t snow very often. But when it does, the city shuts down because nobody is prepared for the snow. Beren is amazed by people’s different reactions to snow days depending on where they live. Some places are so used to snow that it isn’t a big deal at all.

Both Dale and Beren go a little stir crazy when they have to stay home because of the snow. They get bored and have trouble coming up with fun things to do inside. It’s surprising to them how much people freak out when it snows.

Are there ever snow days where you live? How do people react when it snows in your city or town?

 

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NIJ321655

NIJ321655

United States

I like snow doing the snow is fun. Snow dAYS ARE COOL.:)

03:17 PM May 07 2015 |

NIJ321655

NIJ321655

United States

I like snow doing the snow is fun. Snow dAYS ARE COOL.:)

03:17 PM May 07 2015 |

begumdgru

begumdgru

Turkey

much students are Love snow days Because it makes to schools holiday in Turkey :) If schools were holiday We’ll play snow with friends. It will make me happy. because id love the school >.< I think the most students too

12:39 PM Apr 19 2015 |

inanursanti

Indonesia

I live in indonesia which just has two seasons. Dry and wet season. I can not imagine about the snow days. Maybe it is like in the freezer. Very cold. 

03:32 PM Mar 21 2015 |

kimnga

kimnga

Viet Nam

I remember when I was in Houston, I got a job as a substitute at CFISD elementary . One day when I was in the Kindergarten class with the kids, suddenly snow started falling  outside. Some people in the school said that it was the first time Houston had snow . All the kids  in my class were so excited that they all jumped up and  rushed to the window to watch the snow falling. With me, that was also the first time I could feel the now on my head and in my hands.

06:42 AM Jul 27 2014 |

Mk-Babar

Mk-Babar

Pakistan

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11:47 AM Jan 19 2013 |

DominikLi

DominikLi

China

I live in Beijing,in this city it doesn’t always snows.So once it begin to snowing,people run out of their houses and enjoy themselves,adults will be childlike and teachers will allow the students to play snow with them.

10:21 AM Jan 19 2013 |

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Avva

Avva

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

in snow days we should go to school it’d not different schools never close

01:26 PM Jan 02 2013 |

manu_wj

manu_wj

Italy

here where I live, a town near Milan it snows very rarely. When it snows it’s like a disaster because streets are full of snow and passes much time when they are cleaned, so cars are stopped in the traffic.  But I love the snow.


Some times, when I have time, I go to the mountains wich are no so far from here. In one hour I get them. There street are ready clean and there are no traffic. I can’t ski but I really like running among snowed montains.

01:53 PM Dec 23 2011 |

CatcheR

CatcheR

Iceland

Fortunately we don’t have snow day here, I really feel wanna touch snow though but it is cost so much money to travel at least to China or Korea just to feel the snow,

07:48 AM Dec 07 2011 |

Irena 19

Irena 19

Lithuania

Laughing

10:18 AM Mar 12 2010 |

Edytkaaaaaaaaaa

Poland

so, I could say that i invite to Poland to see snow, now there is a lot of snow here. It is so cold..Idon't like cold weather.. but view is so pretty.. especially trees under snow.. 

06:54 PM Feb 06 2010 |

Marcelolic

Marcelolic

Brazil

Humm that's shame,I have never seen snow,but I really wanna experience it when I'm in Europe ;) sometimes in the south of Brazil snows a litlle bit,but just there…In fact in Brazil,instead,it rains a lot! :P

10:29 PM Jan 19 2010 |

Spohia Lee

Germany

I live in Seoul, SouthKorea. We got lots of snow in this month as compared for 10years.

I love snow and it makes me feel better.

but, be careful slippery road!

2days ago, I slipped on the ice.

05:42 PM Jan 16 2010 |

JEZZ

JEZZ

Mexico

I live in Chicago and this is my second winter here and I still feel excited about snow. It is just hard to get used to wear all that suff, scarfs, hats, gloves, boots, coats or in some cases like mine you just give up and get a light jacket and be attached to it. You just have to run from the car to your house, the library and so on hahaha just be careful it is slippery.

I love snow and there is a buch of things you can do during the winter time.

Come and ski with me!!!

03:10 AM Jan 15 2010 |

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LIL

LIL

Saudi Arabia

i hope i can feel this tiny pieces of snow in my face 

its never snow here

its just cold  

10:47 PM Jan 14 2010 |

lyricsong

lyricsong

Viet Nam

hix it's snowing in here with the temperature of -15 °C (Korea). These days are really a hassle. Today I almost slipped on an icy pavement on the way back home T_T

02:38 PM Jan 13 2010 |

Ca_Brazil

Ca_Brazil

Brazil

No snow at all here.I lived in a cold a place for some months, six months of a lot of snow, at first time i saw, it was beautiful after some months i got really bored. I miss the people and places there, but i dont miss the weather there at all.

12:39 AM Jan 13 2010 |

borrewho

borrewho

Spain

That is the only reason I like Snow, when it falls during the week and I am unable to get into school. I love being able to stay home.  :  )


05:08 AM Jan 12 2010 |

London Girl

United Arab Emirates

I'm now in uk and last year when it snowed were the first snow days I ever experienced.

The people here enjoy the snow as I enjoy itSmile

 

10:49 PM Jan 11 2010 |

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