Hi, Bob the Canadian here, welcome to this little English
lesson about an ice storm. We’re currently having an ice
storm here in Ontario, Canada, and I thought this would be a great
opportunity to come outside and teach you some English
words and phrases about ice. (gentle guitar music) Well hey, welcome to this
video about an ice storm. If this is your first time here, don’t forget to click that
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point during this video if it’s helping you learn English. Well, we’re having a
little bit of freezing rain here in Ontario, Canada. This is what we would call an ice storm. If you look at the branch behind me, maybe I’ll give you a closer view, you’ll notice that we are getting rain, but at the same time, it is below zero. It is about minus one degree Celsius. So as we get rain coming down, when it lands on different
surfaces it freezes, and we have what we
would call an ice storm. So let me show you a few
things that you will see, and let me teach you a few English phrases and words that you would
use in an ice storm. I know this isn’t going to be a video that everyone finds useful, because many of you live
in parts of the world where there is no ice, but let’s have a look around anyways, I think you’ll enjoy the views. So I don’t want to stand
too close to this tree, because what you can see
here is that the branches are covered in ice and
what makes this dangerous is that the entire tree is covered in ice, and as the ice forms it
makes the tree very heavy. You can actually hear this tree behind me cracking a little bit, because the wind is blowing the branches, and some of the branches have even started to fall off the tree. So one of dangerous
things about an ice storm is the ice weighs down
the branches of the tree, and some of branches will actually crack and fall off later today, so, not a good day to stand under trees. So I thought, since we’re
out in an ice storm, I should teach you some phrases that have the word ice in them. The first phrase that comes to mind, the first phrase I can think
of is to break the ice. When you break the ice with someone, you’re not actually stepping on ice. You are doing things that help
you get to know each other, so that you can have a conversation. For many of you, you’ll want to learn how to break the ice with someone, in order to have an English
conversation with them. A good way to break the ice is to just ask how someone’s doing,
maybe tell a small joke, or ask about the weather, that’s a great way to break the ice to start a conversation with someone that maybe you haven’t met before. So one of the things that
happens during an ice storm is the rain lands on our
vehicles and it freezes. So you can see here that
this is a lot different than what we saw during the
snow storm a few weeks back. Right now my van is covered in ice. Tomorrow when I have to go somewhere, I will have to start my
van early to warm it up. It’s very hard to scrape this ice off, even with an ice scraper, but one of the things you
will see during an ice storm is a lot of vehicles get
covered in a thin layer of ice. Another thing that happens
during an ice storm, which might not be very
easy for you to see is that surfaces become like skating rinks. In fact we will often
say during an ice storm, it’s like a skating rink out there. A skating rink is a place where you go, and you put on skates and you skate. But you can see my driveway behind me, there is a sheet of ice. If you remember in the
video in the snow storm, I said there was a blanket of snow, when we have an ice storm, we get what we call a sheet of ice. So it’s kind of shiny because my driveway is actually very slippery right now. It is literally a sheet of ice. I could probably slide on it if I tried. Nope, it’s not quite that slippery yet. Another English phrase
with the word ice in it is as cold as ice. We sometimes use this to describe someone. It’s the opposite of describing someone as being a warm person. So we also will say someone
is a very warm person, usually like a grandmother, or an older person is
very warm and friendly. But if we say someone is as cold as ice, it is the opposite. It means that they are
not a very kind person, they don’t smile a lot, and maybe they’re even a little bit mean. Because the precipitation
today is coming down as rain, it actually drips on surfaces, and then it forms icicles. You can see here that we have some really cool icicles that are forming. On my tractor you can see that
there is a row of icicles. So there is a lot of
beauty during an ice storm, in fact, I think today I might go out and take a few pictures, I’m just looking over
there because a branch just fell off the tree. But we have icicles forming on a number of different surfaces. They’re really cool. As a kid I used to go out and get icicles and then I would eat them. Tastes pretty good. So I’m not planning to go anywhere today, but I’m really happy because the same tires that make
it safer to drive in snow also make it safer to drive on ice. Not totally safe, but it
is nice to have snow tires on my van if I did have to go
somewhere on a day like this. So I mentioned earlier that
the branches on the trees are becoming heavy because
they have ice on them. The same will happen to our power lines. So in fact, right now in the house, we are making sure that we are charging all of our flashlights, because when you get ice
on power lines like this, the weight of the ice can
make the power lines fall, and you can have a power outage. In English we say power
outage to indicate a time when we have no working electricity in our homes or at our businesses. So I’m not sure how well
you can see it, but up here, there is ice and icicles
forming on the power line, so it is incredibly
dangerous on a day like this, because power lines can fall, and that sometimes
results in a power outage. I really hope the power
doesn’t go out today though, ’cause I wanna finish editing this video. I thought this branch was pretty cool. Another English phrase
with the word ice in it is to put something on ice. When we say in English that we’re going to put something on ice, it means that we are
going to put it on hold. Maybe you are doing a
certain project at work, and you might put that project on ice. That would mean that you
are not going to work on it for just a little bit. So when you put something on ice, it means you are putting it on hold. So I just wanted to stop
and show you this tree here. Ice storms can create some really beautiful things to look at, this tree is completely
covered in ice right now, even the small berries on
the tree are covered in ice, and it’s just really cool in an ice storm to walk around and look
at all of the things that are covered in ice. Let me give you a closer look. So these puddles don’t
have any ice on them yet, but I wanted to teach you
another English phrase, and that phrase is on thin ice. When you are on thin ice, it usually means you’ve done
a couple of things wrong, maybe at work, and if you
do one more thing wrong, you will probably be fired. So when you’re on thin ice, it means you’ve made a few mistakes, and if you make another one, you will probably lose your job, or someone will be very
very annoyed with you. So try in your life to never be on thin ice with other people. You wanna see something really cool? Here’s some icicles on this wagon. Well hey, thank you so much for
watching this English lesson where we learned a few words
and phrases about an ice storm, and we learned a few English
phrases that use the word ice. I hope this video helped you learn just a little bit more English. I’m Bob the Canadian, if you are new here, don’t forget to click that
red subscribe button below, and give me a thumbs up if
this video helped you learn just a little bit of English. I almost slipped just now, by the way, it’s very, very slippery. Oh, did I teach you that word? When something is slippery, in English, it means it’s easy to slide
on it, and lose your balance. It’s pretty slippery right now. Anyways, Bob the Canadian
here, have a great day. (gentle guitar music)