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Reading: British love talking about the weather!

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Britons spend six months talking about the weather!

This fact probably doesn't come as a surprise to those of you studying in Britain!

We love talking about the weather, well actually, mostly complaining.

An annoying rain shower or a day when it's too hot to use the underground are our favourite topics of conversation!

Read through the article and then try and fit the words in the correct gaps!

I must go, it's an unseasonably warm day outside and I must join my fellow Londoners in getting a tan!

Lesson by Caroline

Missing Words

Alone
Changeability
Obsession
Average
Offices
Findings
Ice

Should we talk about the weather?

This article includes a well-known idiom that means to start a conversation with a new person. Can you find it?

Do you love talking about how cold June was or how sunny May was before it?

Do not worry. You are not _1_!

British people spend an _2_ of six months of their lives talking about the weather, according to a new survey.

2,000 people were interviewed and it was discovered Brits spend much longer talking about the weather than that other national _3_ - football.

Weather was the most common subject to break the _4_ when meeting strangers or even at business meetings.

Philip Eden, a well-known weatherman, was not surprised by the _5_.

"I think it's a part of our national psyche," he said. "We are a fairly reserved sort of people and talking about the weather is an easy thing to do.

The British weather itself played a part too, he said.

"Because of the _6_ of the British weather, it gives us the chance to talk about something different every day."

However, he also worried for the future of weather-related chat: "I think we are becoming more disconnected from the weather because we sit around in air-conditioned _7_ all day."

Useful Words

These are not the missing words.

Survey - Asking a group of people questions to find out their behaviour or views.
Brits - Casual word meaning British people.
Weatherman - A man who presents the weather forecast on television.
Psyche - The deepest thoughts, feelings or beliefs of a person or group.
Reserved - People who do not often talk about or show their feelings or thoughts.

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