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The Snowstorm Strikes

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ID: 2995 Upper Intermediate
There be a blizzard blowing, and the water and electricity might get cut off. It's getting colder inside and someone has a report to finish. Listen as two students discuss the pros and cons of the snowstorm outside. Photo by imagesbywestfall
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SIMPLIFIED PINYIN ENGLISH  
暴风雪 bàofēngxuě snowstorm
来袭 láixí for a storm to strike
积雪 jīxuě snow cover
宣布 xuānbù to announce
你们看到新闻没有?暴风雪来袭,外面积雪已经好几尺深了,政府宣布明天停班停课。
nǐmen kàndào xīnwén méiyǒu ?bàofēngxuě lái xí ,wàimian jīxuě yǐjīng hǎojǐ chǐ shēn le ,zhèngfǔ xuānbù míngtiān tíng bān tíng kè 。
Have you seen the news? The snowstorm strikes! The snow is meters deep outside. The government has announced that there will be no school or work tomorrow.
刚好啊!我本来还担心期末报告赶不完了,放假也好,可以趁机专心写报告。
gānghǎo ā !wǒ běnlái hái dānxīn qīmò bàogào gǎn bù wán le ,fàngjià yěhǎo ,kěyǐ chènjī zhuānxīn xiě bàogào 。
What good timing! I was worried that I wouldn't be able to complete the end of term report. It's just as well there's a day off, I can use to time to concentrate on finishing my report.
但是你看窗外,我的车一半都埋在雪里了,这让我怎么专心写报告啊!
dànshì nǐ kàn chuāngwài ,wǒ de chē yībàn dōu máizài xuě lǐ le ,zhè ràng wǒ zěnme zhuānxīn xiě bàogào ā !
But look out the window, my car is half buried in snow. How I am supposed to concentrate on the report?
算了吧,凡事天定,别替车子担心了,总比路上结冰还得开车上路好多了。对了!咱们家里还有没有存粮啊?
suàn le ba ,fánshìtiāndìng ,bié tì chēzi dānxīn le ,zǒng bǐ lùshang jiébīng hái děi kāichē shàng lù hǎo duōle 。duìle !zánmen jiālǐ háiyǒu méiyǒu cúnliáng ā ?
Don't worry about it. It's up to the heavens now. Don't worry about the car now. It's much better than having to drive on an icy road. Ah yes, do we have any food in storage.
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