Winter-themed expressions

This week we bring you some winter-themed expressions. Do you know them? Can you think of any more?


To be snowed under – tener muchísimo trabajo


I’m snowed under – I need to finish all these reports by the end of the month!


Break the ice – romper el hielo


What’s the best way to break the ice when you have a new workmate?


On thin ice – en una situación peligrosa


You’re on thin ice – you’ve been late for work three times this week – do you want to get fired?


Have/get cold feet – dudar/echar para atrás


They were about to get married when he got cold feet and postponed the wedding!


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Blue Monday

The 18th January is Blue Monday (the third Monday in January) – the saddest day of the year. Why is it the saddest day of the year? According to the psychologist Cliff Arnall it is a combination of the end of the festive period, the cold weather, having less money after Christmas and a lack of motivation post-holidays.


Do you get the winter blues? How do you cheer yourself up when you’re feeling blue?


The winter blues = depression invernal


It’s so dark and cold outside – the lack of light gives me the winter blues.


 Cheer up = animarse


Sitting by the fire reading a good book always cheers me up.


To feel blue = estar deprimido


My brother has been feeling blue since he lost his job last month.


 

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Brrr….it’s cold!

Do you know these expressions to talk about the cold weather? Can you think of any more?


We can use these expressions to say it’s cold:


It´s chilly!


It’s nippy!


Take a coat, it’s chilly/nippy outside!


 

It’s very cold:


It’s freezing!


Turn the heating up, it’s freezing in here!


It’s bitterly cold!


Brrr, it’s bitterly cold today – I think it might snow again!


 

It’s extremely cold:


It’s below zero!


I had to scrape the ice off my car this morning – it’s below zero and frosty*!


It’s arctic!


I’m going to stay in my pyjamas and watch a movie by the fire – it’s arctic outside!


*frosty = escarchado


Stay safe and be careful with the ice and snow!

 

 

 

The Three Kings

The Three Kings

By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Three Kings came riding from far away,


Melchior and Gaspar and Baltasar;


Three Wise Men out of the East were they,


And they travelled by night and they slept by day,


For their guide was a beautiful, wonderful star.