Mixer #21 | Intermediate B1


Find out what six people think about the rain and rainy days.

Marion, Ireland
speakerWell, in Ireland we always have a lot of rain. It tends to rain for most of the year so I'm quite used to rain, but it's a soft rain, so I quite like the soft rain. I don't like really, really hard rain that stops you from doing things. On a rainy day, I usually stay inside and if I'm in Ireland, I'll curl up by the fire and read a really good book.

Kate, New Zealand
speakerOn a rainy day, I just love to sleep in, until about 11 or 12 o'clock, because I can feel, I feel more calmer and I feel more relaxed, and then I might watch some TV, watch a movie with my friends at home, cook some popcorn, and generally for the whole day, we just relax at home.

Jeyong, Korea
speakerI don't like rain and that's because rainy days make me very sad and depressed so most of the rainy days I stay at home, not, I try not to go outside and at home I would just get a cup of coffee, turn on the air-conditioner, turn on the internet and chat with friends whose online.

Jeannie, America
speakerAh,the rain! I like rain. I like the sound of it. I like being alone in my room and just looking outside at the rain. Sometimes I like to walk around in the rain, with or without umbrella, depending on my mood. I just feel really good about rainy days.

Barbara, Australia
speakerHow do I feel about the rain? Actually, I don't mind rainy days at all. It's fine by me to go out in the rain. It doesn't bother me in the slightest. You can go for a walk in the rain. It can be quite romantic when you're with someone you love. That's a good thing. Actually, I prefer cooler weather to warm weather and if the rain is part of that, that's no problem as far as I'm concerned.

Ruth, England
speakerRain! I absolutely love rain. You know it always makes me laugh. People go outside and it starts raining and they start running like they're going to catch a disease from the rain or something. I think it's only water. I really love the rain. Obviously I like sun too. I think everybody likes the sun and I love snow but if I were asked what is my favorite weather, I would have to say the rain because I just love getting wet outside.

Answer these questions about the interview.
Learn vocabulary from the lesson!

curl up


On a rainy day, I curl up by the fire and read a really good book.

To 'curl up' means to sit or lie in a with our arms and legs close to our body.  We usually do this when we are cold. In this case, curl up doesn't necessarily mean to put your body into this specific positions, but mostly just means to make yourself comfortable and warm. Notice the following:

  1. I think I'll curl up on the sofa and watch a DVD.
  2. My cat likes to curl up in my bed and sleep.

sleep in


I just love to sleep in until about 11 or 12 o'clock.

The phrase 'sleep in' means to sleep later than you usually would.  Notice the following:

  1. I usually sleep in until noon on Sundays.
  2. My dad never sleeps in. He's always up at dawn.

depending on my mood


Sometimes I like to walk around in the rain, with or without umbrella, depending on my mood.

When our actions 'depend on our mood' it means that they connect to how we are feeling.  There are things that we prefer to do when we are happy or sad or tired. Notice the following:

  1. Depending on my mood, I usually listen to rock music.
  2. I'll either stay home or go to the party depending on my mood.

in the slightest


Rain doesn't bother me in the slightest.

We use the phrase 'doesn't bother me in the slightest' to talk about things that are not a problem for us or that we don't care about.  Notice the following:

  1. Snow doesn't bother me in the slightest.  I love it!
  2. Nicole is a great student.  Hard work doesn't bother her in the slightest.

as far as I'm concerned


That's no problem as far as I'm concerned.

The phrase 'as far as I'm concerned' is similar in meaning to 'in my opinion'.  Notice the following:

  1. As far as I'm concerned, Michael Jackson is the greatest pop star ever!
  2. In my opinion, Michael Jackson is the greatest pop star ever!

Vocabulary Quiz

curl up • sleep in • depending
slightest • concerned
  1. Walking everywhere doesn't bother me in the as long as it's not too hot.
  2. on my mood, I will either do yoga or go for a run.
  3. As far as she's all technology makes life easier.
  4. I'm so tired. I just need one day to .
  5. Why don't you just and take a little nap?

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