Moods are weather
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Practise English by describing this image

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Answer these questions. Then listen to Penelope give her answers. Report back what she said.


“Oh, absolutely! The weather really gets to me sometimes. Like, when it’s sunny and bright, I feel super cheerful and full of energy. But on those gray, rainy days, I can’t help but feel a bit down, you know? I just wish I could be more like, ‘Hey, it’s just weather!’ and not let it affect my mood that much. But yeah, sunny days are my happy days!”

What do you do when you are feeling a bit down?

“Well, when I’m feeling a bit down, I usually try to do something that cheers me up. Sometimes, it’s as simple as listening to my favorite music or watching a funny movie. Other times, I call a good friend to chat, or I go for a walk. I think getting some fresh air and a bit of exercise can really help lift my spirits. Oh, and I love baking too! There’s something about making cookies or a cake that just makes me happier.”

Think of some really happy moment in your life. What was happening and why did you feel that way?

“Oh, one really happy moment? There are quite a few, but let me think… Okay, got it! It was the day I got my dream job offer. I was at home, checking my emails, not expecting much. And there it was – the offer letter! I remember feeling this huge rush of excitement and I just started jumping around my living room. It was a job I really wanted, and I’d worked so hard for it. I felt so proud and, well, over the moon! It was like all my efforts had finally paid off. That day was just full of laughter and celebration with my friends and family. Definitely a memory I cherish!”



moods are weather

Play this Multidecker game about moods. How many of the expressions do you know already?

Check the meaning of any new langauge on the back side of the cards.

Grade the examples

Now read and listen to these examples and decide how well they illustrate the meanings of the expressions from the flashcard game.

Give them 1 if you do not think it is a good example, and 10 if you think it is a perfect example.


"After hearing the news about the cancelled project, she stormed into the boss's office, demanding an explanation."

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excellent example

"I breezed into the café where my friends were waiting. I was so excited to show them my new outfit!"

poor example
excellent example

"She wasn't her usual energetic self at the meeting, mentioning she was feeling under the weather and might need to rest."

poor example
excellent example

"Ever since that argument over the dress, my relationship with Ellie has really cooled. We hardly talk at the school now."

poor example
excellent example

"When I introduced Lily to my group, everyone gave her such a warm welcome. She felt right at home!"

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excellent example

"Despite her efforts to be friendly, the club members gave her a frosty welcome, making it clear she wasn't considered part of the group."

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excellent example

"I looked so gloomy after I found out that my favourite boutique was closed. I had been planning that shopping trip for weeks."

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excellent example

"I thought the blue dress would be perfect for the party but I was all wet. It didn't fit the theme at all."

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excellent example

"Ever since the misunderstanding at the party, I've been under a cloud with some of my friends. They think I started the rumor."

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excellent example

"The conversation really warmed up when we started talking about the latest fashion trends."

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excellent example

"I wasn’t sure about Hannah at first, but after our shopping trip together, I really warmed to her."

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excellent example

"He was hazy about accepting the job offer in a new city, uncertain if the move would be the right decision for his family."

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excellent example

"Knowing the risks, she threw caution to the wind and invested all her savings in the new startup, hoping for a big payoff."

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excellent example

"My mood totally brightened up when I found the perfect shoes to match my dress for the dance."

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excellent example

"I usually avoid fast food, but I was starving after the long journey, so I grabbed a burger from the nearest place. Any port in a storm, right?"

poor example
excellent example


Play this game. Fill in the gaps in these sentences.



Why did she storm in like that?

Read a conversation between Alita and Kat. They are chatting about another colleague’s behaviour. Notice how they are using the language from this lesson.

Role play this dialogue.

Alita: Hey Kat, did you see how Emma stormed into the meeting today? It was like a whirlwind hit the room!

Kat: I know, right? Totally caught me off guard. She’s usually not the type to throw caution to the wind like that.

Alita: Exactly! I’m a bit hazy about what’s got her so riled up. Do you know anything?

Kat: Well, I heard from Dave that she’s feeling under the weather about the new project assignments. Apparently, she got a frosty welcome from the team in Budapest.

Alita: Oh, really? That’s tough. But still, any port in a storm, right? She needed that international experience for her promotion.

Kat: True. But I guess the whole situation has her under a cloud. She’s been so gloomy lately.

Alita: Yeah, and the way she breezed in yesterday, all smiles and laughs, you’d never have guessed she was having a rough time.

Kat: Moods change like the weather, don’t they? One day you’re sunny and bright, the next you’re all stormy.

Alita: Well, let’s hope she finds a way to weather this storm. She’s a great colleague, after all.

Kat: Agreed. Maybe we should invite her for lunch, show her some friendly faces around here?

Alita: That’s a great idea, Kat! Let’s do that. A little kindness can go a long way.


Discuss these questions. Refer to your own experience and remember to use the language of moods you were learning in this lesson.

  • Can you recall a time when you had to ‘throw caution to the wind’ and make a spontaneous decision? How did it turn out?
  • Have you ever been ‘hazy’ about making a significant change in your life, like moving to a new city or changing careers? How did you resolve your uncertainty?
  • ‘Any port in a storm’ often means settling for less than ideal circumstances. Can you share an experience where you had to do this? Was it a positive or negative experience in the end?


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