Speaking Time: Summer

Read and speak about summer

Level A2/B1

  1. Summer comes after spring.
  2. Summer months are June, July and August.
  3. It is the hottest season of the year, the temperature is at its highest.
  4. In summer the days are the longest and the nights are the shortest.
  5. Most nations usually celebrate the shortest night in the year with special rituals on June 22.
  6. The summer solstice is the longest day of the year.
  7. Most of the time there is wonderful, dry weather.
  8. Trees are dressed in green clothes, and beetles buzz above them, and butterflies flitter.
  9. The enormous amount of beautiful blossoms of blue, red, orange, yellow, violet colours is fascinating.
  10. The birds sing their cheerful songs, and the evenings you hear the chirping sounds of crickets.
  11. The dry winds usually bring droughts which are bad for crops.
  12. Summer is the time of rains, showers, hailstorms, thunderstorms and lightning.
  13. But people usually welcome them as they bring a relief from the heat.
  14. Sometimes it’s raining cats and dogs.
  15. Everyone rejoices when a beautiful and colorful rainbow appears in the sky after the rain.
  16. Summer is time of holidays and vacations.
  17. Schools and universities have a summer break although dates vary.
  18. Lots of people look forward to summer vacation at the sea.
  19. People spend much time on the seashores, river beaches, in the forests and in the mountains.
  20. It is a good time to become sunburnt, to swim, to pick mushrooms and berries, to gather flowers, to travel and go sightseeing, in short, to have a good rest.
  21. You can arrange picnics near the river, go on long hikes, or go fishing with friends.
  22. There are a lot of lovers to spend vacation at the cottage or in the village.
  23. The summer season gives us fresh fruits, berries and vegetables.
  24. Strawberries are the first fresh fruit that you eat in this season.
  25. Summer gives us a variety of choices, bright colors and amazing aromas.
  26. Summer warms the cockles of our hearts.

Word List

special rituals – особливі ритуали
summer solstice – літнє сонцестояння
beetles buzz – жуки гудуть
butterflies flitter – метелики мерехтять
enormous amount of – величезна кількість
fascinating – чарівний
cheerful songs – веселі пісні
the chirping sounds of crickets – цвірінькання цвіркунів
droughts – посухи
bad for crops – погано для врожаю
bring a relief from the heat – принести полегшення від спеки
it’s raining cats and dogs – ллє як з відра
rejoice – радіти
have a summer break – мати літні канікули
although dates vary – хоча дати варіюються
look forward to summer vacation – з нетерпінням чекати літніх канікул
to become sunburnt – засмагати
arrange picnics – влаштовувати пікніки
go on long hikes – ходити в далекі походи
a variety of choices – різноманітність вибору
amazing aromas – дивовижні аромати
warms the cockles of our hearts – зігріває наші серця