Unit 4 The UAE
Lesson 1 Weather
1 Vocabulary Describing weather
Sort the letters and complete the phrases. Then match the phrases with the pictures
1 It's hot and h u m i d (muhdi)
2 It's cold and r a i n y (yarin)
3 It's h o t and d r y. (oht) (yrd)
4 It's s u n n y and m i l d (nsuyn) (idlm)
5 It's stormy with t h u n d e r and l i g h t n i n g (tnhdrue) (glniihngt)
6 It's s n o w y and c o l d. (nsywo) (dlco)
2 Read the parts of the weather reports from around the world. Match with words from the box.
1 Winds of up to 100 kph have damaged houses in the east of the city a hurricane
2 Sand and high winds have stapped traffic from reaching the town a sandstorm
3 If these people don't get more rain this season, crops will fail. a drought
4 The roads are under a metre of water in some places. a flood
1 Read the newspaper article. Decide if the statements are true (T) or false (F). Correct the false statements,
A hurricane has severely damaged parts of Ras Al Khaimah and Khor Fakkan in the UAE. The violent storm ripped roofs off houses, turned over cars and caused trees to fall down. 25 people were injured. Five people were treated in hospital.
One resident, Abu Ali, 45, told the UAE Times, 'It was terrifying! Just before the hurricane winds came, the sky was very dark with strange clouds moving very fast. I've never seen anything like it!'
Another resident, ten-year old Fatima Ahmed told us. 'My bedroom window was open. The wind smashed the glass and the window frame blew across the road.
Fatima said that she and her father stayed under the stairs while the storm raged. When they came out, a tree had fallen on the family car.
At least only the car got crushed, Fatima said. "We are lucky that the tree didn't fall on our house.
There is still heavy rain in the region and some houses are still without electricity. However, meteorologists predict that the storms will stop in the next 24 hours.
1 35 people were badly hurt during the hurricane.
25 people were hurt.
2 Abu Ali saw the strange clouds during the storm. before
3 Fatima Ahmed and her father didn't move from under the stairs during the hurricane.
4 A tree fell on Fatima's house during the storm. the family car
5 The weather experts say that the storm will last for the next 24 hours.
Al Ain is an oasis. The water comes from mountains which are 30km away.
1 By the sea / c o a s t
2 A dry riverbed / w a d I
3 A green place with water in the desert / o a s I s
4 Very high place, cold in parts / m o u n t a I n
5 A very hot and dry place / d e s e r t
2 Answer the questions.
1 How much is 9.5 million?
a 95 000 / b 9500000
2 How do you write one fifth in numbers?
a Fifth / b 1/5
3 How do you write 87 in words?
a eight-seventy / b eighty-seven
4 How do you write seventh in numbers?
a 1/7 / b 7th
How do you write the year nineteen ninety-four?
a 9194 / b 1994
3 Word study Match the sentence halves.
1 Oryx have special hair / d
2 The spiny-tailed lizard lives away from towns / a
3 Desert hedgehogs go into a ball / b
4 The camel is used / e
5 The horned viper is cream and brown / c
a / to feed on shrubs.
b / to keep themselves
c / to look like the san
d / to keep them cool.
e / to transport people
Lesson 6 My learning
1 Can you remember? Name four examples of extreme weather.