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Fall

Fall

Date: Nov 20 2009

Themes: Time, Weather

Grammar: Comparatives and Superlatives

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Fall means shorter, darker days and colder, drearier weather. But it also means snuggling up under the covers with a good book, pulling your coziest sweaters and scarves out of the closet, and enjoying comforting, warming foods like soup, pumpkin pie, and apple cider.

Of course, seasons are different all over the world. When it’s monsoon season in India, it’s hot and dry in Europe and the cool season in Australia. Even in the U.S., the seasons differ from state to state. Parts of California are warm and mild all year, while New York has a hot, humid summer and a cold, snowy winter.

The northeastern U.S. is known for having especially beautiful autumns. There’s even a special name for when people go to see the leaves change colors on the trees there. It’s called leaf-peeping. Find out if Mason and Marni will be doing any leaf-peeping this autumn, or if they plan to stay snuggled up inside instead.

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Mason

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Marni

Marni

Mason:  So you may have noticed my outfit, I’m super fall-colored out today.

Marni:  You are.

Mason:  Yeah. I love fall.

Marni:  As do I, it’s my absolute favorite season.

Mason:  Mine too, but so why yours? Because there’s plenty of fall-haters out there.

Marni:  Right. Well, when I was little it was like my birthday’s in October, so I think it was synonymous with that. But as I grow older I think there’s just something very nostalgic about the changing of the seasons and that feeling in the air. The days get shorter…

Mason:  Rebirth. No wait, that’s spring. Decay…

Marni:  Well, I just…the leaves changing colors to me, there’s something very magical about that.

Mason:  It’s super pretty. I think that the changing of the fall leaves is way prettier than blooming of things in spring. Yeah, and I may be in the minority here, but I like that it gets colder. I like that I get to start bundling up and there’s that crispness to the air as it starts to cool down, and it’s just got that like…your cheeks start tingling a bit.

Marni:  Right.

Mason:  I love it.

 

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Mason and Marni both love the fall. Mason loves it so much that he’s even wearing an outfit of fall colors, like orange, brown, and dark red.

When Marni was a kid, she loved fall because that’s when her birthday is. As an adult, she appreciates the beautiful colors of fall and the cooler, crisper weather. Mason enjoys bundling up in the fall. He thinks autumn is even prettier than spring.

Do you have a favorite season? What is the fall like in your country? What do you like to do when the weather gets cooler?

 

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kimnga

kimnga

Viet Nam

Autumn Rain

06:34 AM Oct 08 2014 |

kimnga

kimnga

Viet Nam

The memory about Fall in Houston always comes back to me whenever I see children start a new school year.

07:16 AM Sep 08 2014 |

kimnga

kimnga

Viet Nam

Although every season has its own special feature, Autumn is still the season I like most. I don’t know why but perhaps it  reminds me of my peaceful childhood when I’d live happily without worry or sorrow. So much memories come back to me whenever I see the brown yellow leaves start falling from the trees. Sometimes I wish I could go back to my childhood when everyone in my family would sit around the table eating, talking and telling funny stories to each other…after a long school day.

07:14 AM Aug 03 2014 |

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snow l

snow l

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

well i like all of the seasons mostly spring:)
nature is unique in each season:)
the fall is rainy and cool here!
it’s great to have a nice cup of tea in the cold weather!

04:18 PM Jun 20 2012 |

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vicanor

China

i love fall season, it is not only a beautiful season bu also is a harvest season. in my hometown, after frost Day hills dotted with maple trees were blused with the tree’s red leaves. fields were covered with golden rice. bu the most beautiful season in our hometown is spring. our hometown is near to the Yellow Mountain. it’s wellknown in natural landscape and traditional culture .


 

09:16 AM Aug 01 2011 |

Gipsy Girl

Gipsy Girl

Mexico

Well, I born and grown up in a cold place where it´s rain 3/4 of the year, so cold doesn´t bother me at all…actually I like cold weather because it´s a great oportunity to sleep better, see movies or go to some coffee shop and enjoying. I have to say the fall season is an introducing to the christmas spirit…

Oh my God, I forget  the most important, my birthday is in October…that´s why I love fall season…that´s the true…lol. 

 

02:16 AM Feb 01 2010 |

Marcelolic

Marcelolic

Brazil

I love fall and one of the seasons that I like is winter,besides summer…

In winter people are better dressed and I like this :)

Brazil is the summer land! mainly in Rio de Janeiro (southest – my hometown ;) There summers are pretty warm and humid as well as winters are "cold and humid too…Actually I live in Brasilia (midwestern – Capital) Summers are rainy and stuffy and winters are "cold" and dry…I have never experienced a really winter,for instance from Europe,so I really want to experience it when I'm in Ireland soon ;)

10:35 PM Dec 01 2009 |

kukuka

kukuka

Ukraine

I do have a favourite season and it's summer. I feel comfortable when it is hot outside and there is no need to put on many warm pieces of clothing like sweaters and hats and scarves and gloves and coats, etc. 

In my country fall is cool and humid. It rains often, it's moody outside and the trees lose their leaves very soon, soat the end of October you can see nothing but grey branches and the old grass. Sounds not very funny, doesn't it? When the weather gets colder I like to stay at home sitting on the couch and watching movies with a mug of hot tea. If I could i'd go into hibernation, like bears usually do in winter.

02:01 PM Nov 25 2009 |

Songriah

Songriah

China

I do really also like the autumn in Shanghai, although it is very short, about one weeks this year! Now it seems like that we all in cold winter, and everyone buggle up. It is so bad that we desire a more sleeping in morning cos it is so freezing outside! Hope it won't decrease my wage! AMon~@.@

02:17 AM Nov 25 2009 |

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Idarela

Idarela

El Salvador

aw i think my fav is summer cos here i haven´t autumn :s i guess it must be beautiful, in El Salvador is always hot weather and when is summer it just rain :s i´d like to feel fall  . and also see the snow, i´ve never seen it :(

01:14 AM Nov 25 2009 |

Aus_LT

Aus_LT

Lithuania

the fall for me is the worst, i love spring and summer.

09:39 AM Nov 24 2009 |

Ca_Brazil

Ca_Brazil

Brazil

my favorite season is spring, its cool out and there are beautiful flowers. so when the weather is nice i like to go to some park, strolling around and get ice-cream, that souns good to me. the fall here is nice too, not that cold and not that hot.   

12:50 AM Nov 24 2009 |

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aliszsz77

Saudi Arabia

hi

08:48 PM Nov 23 2009 |

Tviksa

Tviksa

Russian Federation

Well, autumn isnt so bad, it can be even beatiful sometimes. But in my country autumn is a very cold and dark season. So I prefer winter and summer, bcs i like skating and swimming very much)

 

08:11 PM Nov 23 2009 |

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Otonashi Saya

Saudi Arabia

for me , Summer is the best , it's lovely and lively , you can go everywhere , anytime

though it's hot here in Saudi Arabia but I like it ….

However I hate winter the most … it's so blue .. it reminds me of how cruel life is ..

the same goes with fall …

05:43 PM Nov 23 2009 |

pandorabottle

Taiwan

I love the atmosphere while the maple leaves falling.
I love fall , because I love maple leaves.
I am Maple. :)

05:01 AM Nov 23 2009 |

Sarayan

Sarayan

China

i love fall as well as spring. neither too hot nor too cold in china.

cuz im living in a typical place where the four seasona tell obvious difference from another~ dislike in summer you need to tear off your shirts as less as possible just to avoid getting sunstoke or arm yourself with clumzy coats in winter. i wish it could be fall all year around~!hahaha

 

02:32 AM Nov 23 2009 |

dark _chan

dark _chan

Saudi Arabia

 i love fall also but not more than winter because i really love  wearing winter cloth and gathering  around the heater and  because night is longer in the winter ^^ and its the only season  that  rain can fall in it here in KSA

09:35 PM Nov 22 2009 |

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