Under the Weather?
Hi Nick and welcome to the student blog, though it looks like you've already made plenty of friends!
They say that the British like to talk about the weather but what's very clear from the overwhelming response to you blog is that the rest of the world is just as obsessed with what's going on in the skies above us.
You've written a very engaging entry, Nick. I like the way you convey your frustration with the way the authorities seem to be unable to cope with extreme weather. Believe me I feel the same way about Britain. It seems that every year we get a little bit of snow and the entire country grinds to a halt. The thing that really gets up my nose is that they say that the reason we aren't prepared for the snow is that it doesn't happen very often. However, we've had to deal with gridlocked traffic on London's streets after just the lightest of flurries every year I can remember. Last year I even had to walk home for three hours because of snow!
There are a couple of things to work on in your English, Nick. I noticed that sometimes you forget to use articles - the words 'a', 'an' and 'the'. For example, you wrote:
On simple issue, instead of 'On a simple issue.'
On another occasion you have used an article when it isn't necessary:
Mankind that managed to solve mysteries of a DNA, which should be 'Mankind that managed to solve mysteries of DNA.'
You write very fluently, which is a good thing, but you should also be careful not to let more basic mistakes slip in. For example, you wrote:
But why it happens? I'm sure you know that the questions should be formed like this: 'But why does it happen?'
To end, I'd like to introduce you a few weather-related idioms. There's already one in the title 'under the weather'. Can you guess what this means? Here are a few more. Please let me know what you think.
1. To be snowed under.
2. To throw caution to the wind.
3. A storm in a teacup.
Overwhelming: very strong in effect.
Obsessed: thinking about something all the time.
Grinds to a halt: comes to a complete standstill.
Gets up my nose: really annoys me.
Flurries: light snow falls