How to Express Temperature in English

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This numbers video will teach you how to express temperature in English. The video will teach both Fahrenheit and Celsius.
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[Part 1]

Whew….ahhh, it’s sure hot in this studio.

And it sounds like a good time to talk about temperature.

So, that’s what we’re going to do in this video.

We’re going to talk about how to express ‘temperature’ in English.

Now, you should know there’s two systems.

There’s the American system.

They use ‘Fahrenheit’.

And, of course, there’s the system we use in Korea and I use in Canada; ‘Celsius’.

Ok, we’re going to talk about the Fahrenheit System, later, but first, let’s focus on ‘Celsius’.

So, look at the board.

And…I’m going to start with this question.

“What’s the temperature?”

“What’s the temperature outside?”

You should begin your answer with “It’s”.

Ok, “What’s the temperature?”

“It’s…”, and I have many ways to express the temperature.

Let’s start up here.

So, “What’s the temperature?”

“It’s…”, this symbol means ‘plus’.

Ok…

“Plus.”

This means it is above zero degrees.

Ok, it’s warm.

“It’s plus twenty degrees…”

Ok, this symbol always means ‘degrees’.

“…Celsius.”

“Celsius.”

“Celsius.”

Ok…

It’s very difficult to say.

“Celsius.”

‘Celsius’ is spelled with a capital ‘c’.

Big ‘c’.

Be careful here.

Many people write a ‘c’.

This is an ‘s’.

Ok…

So, “What’s the temperature?”

“It’s plus twenty degrees celsius.”

Ok, that’s a good way to express the temperature.

Now, the ‘plus’…some people say ‘plus’, but you don’t have to say ‘plus’.

Ok, you can just say, “What’s the temperature?”

“It’s twenty degrees Celsius.”

It means the same thing.

Let’s move down here.

The next one.

“What’s the temperature?”

“It’s twenty degrees centigrade.”

“Centigrade?”

What is that?

Well, ‘Celsius’ and ‘Centigrade’…these are the same temperatures.

Ok, just ‘Centigrade’ is the old English style.

Ok…

So, actually, I don’t want you to say “Centigrade”.

I want you to only use “Celsius”.

But I’m teaching you might hear ‘Centigrade’.

Some older people might say “Centigrade”.

Ok, so you hear “Centigrade”, but you speak only “Celsius”.

Alright…

Let’s move to the next one.

Ahhh, “What’s the temperature?”

“It’s twenty degrees ‘c’.”

“It’s twenty degrees ‘c’.”

Ok, some people are going to shorten ‘Celsius’ to just ‘c’.

“It’s twenty degrees ‘c’.”

And, actually, more common…we can shorten that more and cut that.

And this is the most common way to express the temperature.

“What’s the temperature?”

“It’s twenty degrees.”

Ok…

So when people say, “It’s twenty degrees.”

I know it’s ‘celsius’.

And I know it’s ‘plus’.

Ok…

This one…ahhh…

“What’s the temperature?”

“It’s twenty above.”

“Twenty above.”

Ok, so ‘zero degrees’….and twenty above.

“Twenty degrees above zero.”

So, “What’s the temperature?”

“It’s twenty above.”

This. This. This. This.

They’re all the same temperature.

Ok…

“Zero degrees.”

Freezing.

We’re getting cold.

Let’s go down here.

“What’s the temperature?”

“It’s twenty below.”

Ok, so this is ‘above’ zero.

And this is below ‘zero degrees’.

So, ‘zero’, going down…cold.

“It’s twenty below.”

Very cold.

Let’s move to the last one.

“What’s the temperature?”

“It’s…”, this symbol is ‘minus’.

This is ‘plus’.

This is ‘minus’.

‘Minus’ is very scary cause it’s freezing.

It’s cold.

“It’s minus twenty degrees celsius.”

If you told me that “It’s minus twenty degrees Celsius outisde,” I do not want to go outside.

That’s very cold.

So, “What’s the temperature?”

“It’s twenty degrees.”

“What’s the temperature?”

“It’s minus twenty degrees.”

Ok, those are the best ways to express it.

Alright, so I hope you understand how to express ‘Celsius’.

Ahhh, let’s look at a few more examples.

4:48 [Part 2 – Example Sentences #1]

Alright, the first example…

“The temperature outside is fifteen degrees Celsius.”
“The temperature outside is fifteen degrees Celsius.”

The next example.

“Water freezes at zere degrees ‘c’.”
“Water freezes at zere degrees ‘c’.”

And the last example.

“It’s cold outside. It’s about three degrees below zero.”
“It’s cold outside. It’s about three degrees below zero.”

5:32 [Part 3]

Now, we’re going to talk about what they use in America.

In the U.S.A.

They don’t use ‘Celsius’.

They use Farenheit.”

Ok…

So, same question.

“What’s the temperature?”

“What’s the temperature outside?”

“It’s sixty-eight degrees…,” that’s the same, “f”.

Instead of ‘c’, they’re going to use an ‘f’.

And that’s “Sixty-eight degrees…”, this is the spelling, oh it’s very difficult to spell, even for me.

“Farenheit”.

Ok, we pronounce that “Farenheit”.

So, “Twenty-degrees Celsius,” is the same as “Sixty-eight degrees Farenheit”.

Ok…

And you should also know…freezing…the freezing temperature.

“Zero degrees Celsius,” is the same as “Thirty-two degrees Farenheit”.

Alright, so if you go to the U.S.A., and you’re watching TV, all the weather, everything, they’re always using Farenheit.

And it can be very confusing.

So, I would say, try to remember this.

So, you can kind of guess how hot it is.

Alright, let’s look at a few examples of Farenheit.

6:52 [Part 4 – Example Sentences #2]

The first example…

“A human’s body temperature is usually ninety-eight point six degrees Farenheit.”
“A human’s body temperature is usually ninety-eight point six degrees Farenheit.”

The second example…

“Room temperature is about seventy degrees Farenheit.”
“Room temperature is about seventy degrees Farenheit.”

And the last example…

“Water freezes at thirty-two degrees.”
“Water freezes at thirty-two degrees.”

7:42 [Part 5]

Alright, so there you go.

There’s the Celsius System and the Farenheit System.

Ahhh, they’re very very different and they can be very confusing.

Alright, so, if you’re going to the U.S.A., you should try to…ahh…learn the Farenheit System.

Anyway, I hope you understood what I was trying to teach you today..ahhh..

That’s it.

See you next time.

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