English blog - Spring vocabulary! (2018)


🌸Spring has arrived! (This is a natural way to say “It's now Spring!”)

In today's blog post let's practice some words we use when Spring arrives! 

*For my friends in Australia and Brazil (and all of South America), Fall has arrived, not Spring. We can still practice this vocabulary together! You can use it when spring comes to your part of the world (the Southern Hemisphere) in September.

Do you know what a hemisphere is?



In English we often talk about the signs of spring. Signs are things that show us something or give us information. 

①Signs can be a piece of paper, wood or metal that has writing or a picture on it that gives you information, instructions, a warning, etc.

A stop sign and a public bathroom sign.

②Signs can also be  an event, an action, a fact, etc. that shows that something exists, is happening or may happen in the future

Headaches may be a sign of stress.

The signs that tell us Spring is coming are things like flowers blooming and plants turning green. Also lots of insects come around and in many countries (where I'm from for example) birds return for the spring season. 


Some Spring vocabulary 🌸
2 words that can be tricky are bloom and blossom. We use these words when we talk about flowers. Both can be used as a noun or as a verb! I will teach you with some natural examples so you will know which one is a noun, which one is a verb and when to use them!

bloom
noun - a flower (usually one on a plant that people admire for its flowers)
~ the exotic blooms of the orchid
*This use of bloom is not so common in natural conversation. Flower is usually the most natural choice BUT we often hear the idiom in (full) bloom which means -
 (of trees, plants, gardens, etc.) with the flowers fully open
"The roses were in full bloom."

verb - to produce flowers
"Most roses will begin to bloom from late May."
*The is a natural use of the verb bloom


blossom
noun - a flower or a mass of flowers, especially on a fruit tree or bush
"The cherry blossoms are beautiful this year!"

verb - (of a tree or bush) to produce blossom
"The cherry trees blossomed early this year."


Confused? Look at the 2 sentences together.
"The cherry blossoms are beautiful this year!" ~ cherry blossoms (noun) are the subject of this sentence. Are is the verb.
*The noun form is usually plural (more than one) blossoms.

"The cherry trees blossomed early this year." ~ cherry trees (noun) are the subject of this sentence. Blossomed is the verb. (past tense)


Write something about Spring (or Fall!) in your country in the comments below! Are there lots of blossoms? When do flowers bloom? What kind of flowers?


All helpful word definitions come from 
Oxford Learner's Dictionaries dot com!


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