This is the first month of the year and it has thirty-one days. January is named after Janus, the Roman god of doors, because January is the door into the new year. Janus was also the god of beginnings. He has two faces, one looking forward and the other looking back, so he can see both the past and the future.
In December, the days are short and the nights are long. Sunrise is at about 8 o’clock and sunset is before 4 o’clock in the afternoon. The shortest day is the 21st or 22nd. The weather is usually cold. When the sky is clear, we have frost in the morning and everything is white. We sometimes get the first snow of the winter in this month. There is more snow in the north than in the south, especially in the hills and mountains.
In December, the days are short and the nights are long. The sun comes up at about 8 o’clock and it gets dark at about 4 o’clock in the afternoon. The shortest day is the 21st or 22nd. The weather is usually cold. We sometimes have frost in the morning and we might have some snow.
We change the clocks at the end of October so we have a bit more light in the mornings but it gets dark very early. Sunset is between 4 and 5 o’clock. The weather starts to get colder and some days are windy or rainy. There is even a chance of snow and frost. The leaves turn brown and fall off the trees. Some animals, for example bats and hedgehogs, go to sleep for the winter. This is called hibernation.
We change the clocks at the end of October so we have more light in the mornings but it gets dark very early, between 4 and 5 o’clock. The weather starts to get colder and the leaves fall off the trees. Some animals, for example bats and hedgehogs, go to sleep for the winter. This is called hibernation.
In October, the days get shorter. It’s still dark in the morning when I wake up and I have to turn the lights on early in the evening. At the end of October, we change the clocks by one hour so we get more light in the morning. The weather gets cooler and there is more rain. The leaves on the trees change colour from green to yellow, orange, red and brown. It’s beautiful.
In October, I really start to notice that the days are getting shorter. It’s still dark in the morning when I get out of bed and I have to turn the lights on earlier and earlier in the evening. At the end of October, we put the clocks back one hour so we get more light in the morning but then it gets dark even earlier in the evening.
At the beginning of September, children go back to school. Some of them are happy about this and some are not! The parents are usually happy though because it’s difficult to find things for the children to do all summer. Schools have had six weeks’ holiday or even longer. Primary school children have a new teacher. Eleven-year-old children start secondary school and this is a big change for them. Universities start later in the month or even in October.
At the beginning of September, all the children go back to school. As you can imagine, some of them are happy and excited about this but many of them are not! The parents are usually relieved though because it’s difficult to keep children entertained all summer. State schools have had six weeks’ holiday and private schools even longer. By the end of the summer, the kids are starting to get bored and mums and dads need a break!
In this post, I'll give you some tips on how to improve your reading skills and I'll explain why reading is such a great thing to do when learning a language.
This means means that we can find good things in every bad situation. The last few months have been a strange and difficult time for a lot of people and there are still months of uncertainty ahead. However, for me it hasn't all been bad. Here are a few good things that have come out of it.
I recently found this story online and really liked it so I wanted to share it with you. Also, I think reading stories is a great way to improve your English.
Read my story about how I learnt to drive and why I can only drive an automatic car!
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Click here for a video about a dog who doesn't understand English!
Click here to read and watch videos about heroic dogs.
The Newsround website is actually aimed at children but don't let that put you off!
(Put off = make you not want or like something)
I think it's a good site for adult learners of English as the stories are short, use simple language and are often fun. Have a look at some other stories while you are here.
Harvest Festival (or Harvest Thanksgiving) is a day when people celebrate and give thanks for the harvest. This is the time when farmers collect the crops from the fields. In churches, it is usually held on the Sunday nearest the harvest moon. A harvest moon is the full moon nearest to the autumn equinox. This year, the harvest moon is on the night of 24th-25th September and the harvest festival is on Sunday 23rd, but not everyone celebrates it on the same day.
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