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  • Hi, Bob the Canadian here.

  • Welcome to this little English lesson about snow, ha ha!

  • We are in the middle of a little snowstorm here

  • in Ontario, Canada,

  • and I thought this would be a great time

  • to do a little English lesson for you about snow.

  • (bright music)

  • Well, hey, welcome to this little English lesson about snow.

  • We're getting lots of it right now.

  • I'm Bob the Canadian.

  • If you are new here,

  • don't forget to click that red subscribe button below

  • and give me a thumbs up at some point during this video

  • if it's helping you learn English.

  • Well, we certainly have seen a little bit more snow

  • than we normally do at this time of year,

  • so I thought this is a great time

  • to do a little English lesson on snow.

  • We are not quite in the dead of winter.

  • That's the English phrase that means the middle of winter.

  • In fact, it's still fall here,

  • but we have just a little bit of a snowstorm.

  • It's kind of fun.

  • We're getting a lot of snow coming down,

  • and you can see in the background,

  • one of the ways we would describe this

  • is to say that there is a nice blanket of snow.

  • You can see the snow

  • is kind of like a white blanket on the ground.

  • So you might recognize this as the picnic table

  • that I used to do livestreams from,

  • and I wanted to use this

  • to demonstrate what we mean by accumulation.

  • We use the word accumulation

  • to talk about how much snow has fallen.

  • So if I take this ruler and I put it into the snow,

  • we already have four centimetres of snow.

  • That's actually not a lot.

  • We're expecting another 20

  • to 25 centimetres of snow tonight.

  • So right now, the total accumulation,

  • the total amount of snow, is four centimetres.

  • This is my daughter's jack-o'-lantern from Halloween.

  • It needs to go in the compost soon,

  • so if you're wondering what that is,

  • that's a pumpkin that we carved

  • and we put a little candle inside for Halloween.

  • So you'll notice I have my winter hat,

  • which we also call a toque, and I have my gloves on

  • because even though it's only -2 Celsius right now,

  • with the wind chill factor,

  • it feels like -7.

  • The wind chill factor

  • is kind of what the wind makes it feel like

  • when it's blowing in cold weather.

  • So even though it's only -2,

  • it feels like it's -7 out here.

  • It's actually not that cold yet for a Canadian.

  • I'm like, bring on the minus 20.

  • That's when I feel like it's really cold.

  • So if you live in a northern country where you have snow,

  • and you like to drive a vehicle, you will have a snow brush,

  • which will have a scraper at the end.

  • The snow brush is for brushing snow off of your vehicle,

  • and the scraper

  • is for scraping ice. (ice scratching)

  • You can hear the sound.

  • The scraper is for scraping ice off the vehicle as well.

  • So usually, we try to park our van inside,

  • but we actually have too much stuff in our garage right now.

  • So tomorrow morning,

  • I will have to brush the snow off of my van

  • so that I can go to work.

  • Oh, I need to turn around quick.

  • That is a snowplow going by.

  • I was hoping to be closer to the road.

  • The snowplow is cleaning the snow off the road,

  • and he is also putting down salt and sand

  • so that when we drive on the road,

  • we don't have to drive through snow.

  • And the salt melts the snow,

  • and the sand gives us more traction.

  • So that was a snowplow.

  • So you can maybe just see

  • that there a lot of snowflakes falling right now.

  • One of the things that I used to do as a kid

  • is you try to catch snowflakes on your tongue.

  • It's kind of fun when you look up

  • and you see all the snowflakes coming down

  • and you try to catch them.

  • So snowflakes are the small little flakes of snow

  • that fall out of the sky,

  • and there's certainly a lot of them falling right now.

  • So another thing we do in the winter

  • is we put snow tires on our vehicles.

  • This vehicle will be going in next week, actually,

  • to have its snow tires put on.

  • These are still the normal tires.

  • So right now, it's not very safe

  • for me to drive this vehicle in the snow.

  • So I think next Tuesday, this van is going to the garage,

  • and the mechanic will change the tires

  • and put snow tires on for me.

  • That'll make it drive a lot better in a snowstorm like this.

  • Probably shoulda done it last week.

  • So often when the weather gets bad,

  • they'll talk about the driving conditions,

  • and there's two parts to the driving conditions.

  • There's the road condition.

  • That's how much ice and slush and snow there is on the road,

  • and then there's the visibility.

  • Visibility is how far you can see through the snow.

  • So you'll notice right now

  • that we have really bad road conditions,

  • and we have pretty bad visibility as well.

  • It's hard to see really far in the distance

  • when you're driving.

  • One of the things that usually happens

  • when we have a snowstorm like this

  • is school gets canceled.

  • My kids are really hoping

  • that tomorrow will be a snow day.

  • A snow day in Canada

  • is a day when they decide to keep the schools closed

  • because it's dangerous to be out driving,

  • so they just decide it's better for the children

  • to stay home.

  • So my kids right now

  • are really hoping that tomorrow will be a snow day.

  • I'm kinda hoping it is too, actually,

  • 'cause then I get to stay home from work. (laughs)

  • So one of my favorite things to do as a kid

  • when there was a snowstorm

  • was to go outside and make snowballs.

  • If you pack the snow, you can make a snowball out of it,

  • and then when we were kids, we would have snowball fights.

  • So you would throw snowballs at each other

  • on the playground or at the park,

  • and it was super, super fun.

  • So one of the things

  • that my kids and I love to do in the winter

  • is go sledding.

  • There's actually another video.

  • I'll put a link up here from last winter

  • where I went sledding with my kids,

  • and that is just a fun thing to do outside in the winter.

  • Another thing that people like to do in the winter

  • is to go snowmobiling,

  • but you would think with the size property I have,

  • I would have a snowmobile, but I don't.

  • So hopefully a lot of other people with snowmobiles go out

  • and really enjoy the day tomorrow

  • with this much snow, this early in the season.

  • So the last thing I'm going to do before I go inside

  • is to make a snow angel.

  • I'm not sure if you've ever seen one,

  • but kids in Canada often make snow angels,

  • and this is how you make them.

  • You lay on the ground, and you do this!

  • And when you get back up,

  • there's kinda the shape of an angel on the ground.

  • Can you see it?

  • Well, hey, that was a little lesson on snow,

  • and it was really fun to make this during the snowstorm.

  • I'm Bob the Canadian.

  • Thank you so much for watching this English lesson.

  • If it helped you a little bit, please give me a thumbs up,

  • and if you're new here,

  • don't forget to click that red subscribe button below.

  • And thanks so much for watching.

  • (bright music)

Hi, Bob the Canadian here.

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