IELTS Preparation Series 1, Episode 19: Weather report
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Hello. I'm Margot Politis. Welcome to Study English, IELTS preparation.
Today we're going to listen to a weather report.
We're going to listen for numbers, and practise saying and spelling them.
Listen to the weather in Sydney.
Good morning. It looks like being another glorious summer day in Sydney.
Temperatures will range from a minimum of 16°C in Richmond and 17°C in the city,
with maximum temperatures reaching the high 20s, with 29 in Richmond and 27 in the city
by early afternoon. This summer promises to be the warmest since 1987. The average minimum
for this time of year is 15°C and the average maximum is 22°C.
Humidity will be high again today, ranging from 80-90% across the metropolitan area,
and possibly for the next 5 or 6 days.
Sunrise will be at 5.45 am and the sun will set at 7.43 pm. The next full moon will be
on December 9th.
For those interested in fishing and surfing, windy conditions will prevail all day with
winds gusting from the southeast from 10-15 knots, then easing to 10-11 knots by late
afternoon. Swells along all Sydney beaches will range from 1 - 1.5 metres.
So counting and numbers are a very important part of language. You need them to talk about
how much things cost, what you earn, telephone numbers, visa cards, passports, addresses
Being able to listen for and understand numbers is an important academic skill.
There are some conventions you need to learn, and you'll need to do a lot of practice listening
for and saying numbers.
Let's get started.
Listen to these pairs of numbers:
Now you try these ones:
They sound very similar. You'll need to listen carefully so you don't get these mixed up.
Temperatures will range from a minimum of 16°C in Richmond and 17°C in the city.
Humidity will be high again today, ranging from 80-90% across the metropolitan area.
The temperature in Richmond is 16 degrees Celsius.
The humidity is 80 - 90%.
Did you hear these numbers correctly?
If you don't understand what someone's said, ask them to repeat, and stress the key syllable.
And that will be 16 dollars.
Did you say sixTEEN, or sixTY?
Usually the first syllable in a number is stressed.
Notice that it is the final 'n' in teen that you have to be careful with.
But, of course, when you're listening for numbers, you can often work out the correct
amount by the context. Try to always be aware of what seems right, even if you didn't quite