For most English students who come to Edmonton, winter is kind of a new experience. Most students have never experienced all of the snow and ice that we have here in Edmonton. There is a lot of vocabulary that we use, which is specific to winter. There are also many activities that we can only really enjoy in the winter, and I’d like to share some information about them. Many Canadians and many newcomers are afraid of winter, and they spend the long, dark months indoors in pyjamas, watching television. In my opinion, this is a very boring, and very depressing way to spend the winter. It won’t help you to improve your English, it won’t help you to make friends, and it won’t help you to enjoy your life! So, take a look around, find some winter words to use, and find some ways to enjoy the winter months!
Dress for the cold weather: wear a warm jacket, a toque, a scarf, and mitts or gloves.
Don’t forget warm boots! Good boots may be expensive, but you won’t enjoy going outside if your feet are cold and wet!
Dress like a Canadian!
Exercise outdoors! November Project Canada meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 6 am for outdoor exercise. Make friends and get fit!
Play in the Snow
Have a play fight
Snowy winter river valley
High Level Bridge in the snow
Frosty face: on really cold days, your hair and moustache will get frosty. Don’t worry, it won’t kill you, but you’ll feel more comfortable if you cover your face and ears.
Classic Christmas colours at Festival of Trees
CCI students at Festival of Trees 2012
A sweeper clears the sidewalks. Home owners and businesses must clear the sidewalks within 48 hours of snowfall. There’s a lot of equipment for this!
A snow shovel: Home owners and businesses must clear the sidewalks within 48 hours of snowfall. There’s a lot of equipment for this!
A snowblower clears the sidewalks. Home owners and businesses must clear the sidewalks within 48 hours of snowfall. There’s a lot of equipment for this!