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Questions for discussion:

  1. What do you think of when you think of winter?
  2. What do you like more: winter or summer?
  3. What's the best part of winter?
  4. What's the worst part of winter?
  5. What is the best way to stay warm?
  6. How has winter changed over the past 5-10 years in Moscow?
  7. What is your fondest memory of winter?
  8. Do you remember your first snowfall?
  9. Do you remember the days when school classes were canceled because it was bitter cold outside?
  10. What are the dangers of winter?
  11. Have you ever slipped on ice and hurt yourself?
  12. Have you ever been stuck in a blizzard?
  13. Do you like to walk in winter, or you avoid going outside if you can?
  14. What are some things you can do at home on a cold winter day?
  15. What is your favourite winter activity?
  16. Can you skate or ski? Do you skate or/and ski in winter?
  17. Have you ever been in a mountain ski resort? Do you know people who visit it in summer?
  18. Have you ever tried snowboarding?
  19. Have you ever tried dog sledding?
  20. Have you ever tried fishing in winter?
  21. Have you been in winter forest? What did you do there? Have you tried to start a fire in winter forest?
  22. How do you celebrate New Year and Christmas?
  23. Do you celebrate Maslenitsa? If so, how? Do you attend some events or just stay at home and make pancakes?

Winter Vocabulary


snowflake - снежинка

slush - слякоть

sleet - дождь со снегом

blizzard – метель, снежная буря

to freeze - замёрзнуть

snowball - снежок

snowman – снеговик

icicle - сосулька

cold snap – внезапное похолодание

frost / bitter cold – мороз

to slip - поскользнуться

black ice – ледяная горка

saucer - ледянка

frostbite - обморожение

flurries - снегопад

to melt - таять

to shiver - дрожать

thaw – оттепель, потепление

windchill – мороз с ветром

skates – коньки

skis - лыжи

toboggan / sled - санки

snow mobile - снегокат

snow shoes – снегоступы (род лыж)

dog sledding – катание в собачьей упряжке

to start a fire – развести костёр

Winter idioms and expressions


to break the ice – побороть неловкость, сделать первый шаг

the dead of winter – разгар зимы

to be on thin ice – ходить по краю пропасти, сильно рисковать

to put something on ice – откладывать какое-либо дело

snowed under – заваленный работой

to bundle up - укутываться

not a snowball's chance in hell – никаких шансов

when hell freezes over – когда рак на горе свистнет

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