Hurricane, Typhoon, Cyclone – What is the difference?

With so much talk about Hurricanes in the news lately with Hurricane Irma causing serious problems in the Caribbean and the State of Florida (U.S.), I thought I would answer this question… What is the difference between a Hurricane, a Typhoon, and a Cyclone? A...

Under the weather – idiom

The meaning of under the weather When someone is under the weather, it means that the person: is slightly ill. feels a little sick. doesn’t feel well. Sometimes the person’s (body) defences are low and they feel tired or exhausted too. Under the...

Weather, Temperature and Idioms

We have created some new pages about the weather, the temperature and also about idioms to do with the weather. Our vocabulary page about the weather in general includes the different types of rain, cloud, wind and other common vocabulary you need to know when talking...

It’s raining cats and dogs

You may have heard the expression “It’s raining cats and dogs” and wondered what it means. When someone uses this English idiom, it means that it is raining very heavily. That there is a downpour (heavy rain). Oh course it has nothing to do with...

Winter in England

Winter in England Well, winter has arrived in Santiago and it reminds me of winter in England, especially when I was a child. Many people have a romantic idea of what winter in England is like: snow covered rolling hills, small robins (birds with red chests) chirping...

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