03 March 2012 / by Radmila Gurkova

The rain 'NOT' in Spain


''The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain''

Have you heard this expression before?
It is from My Fair Lady, a musical based upon George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion.
It is very common for practicing pronunciation, especially of -ei-


However did you know that there has now ben no rain in Spain for three months?
This will be the direst period during the winter months since the 1940'sThe Spanish State Meteorological Agency - AEMET said that February would end without more rainfall and they now can confirm it is a drought. This is an 'EXTRAORDINARY DRY CHARACTER'.

In only three months Spain has seen 58 litres of rain per square metre.
It's not rained in Leon for 26 days and Barcelona for 44 days - This must be a record?
Is it a global PHENOMENON or just the usual deforestation?
In the coming months agricultural businesses will suffer putting more strain on economic and financial situation causing more disruption.

... now everyone sing along to the video!


  • What will happen if it doesn't rain in Spain all year long?

  • Is weather always the topic for SMALL TALK?

  • What are the other main points of discussion in Spain?


Word Image Definition Example Listen
Driest Superlative of dry. A dry climate; the driest season Listen
Drought Severe lack of water, no moisture Very hot countries have DROUGHTS Listen
Phenomenon A fact, circumstance, event Ipads are a relatively new phenomenon. Listen
Deforestation   To cut down the trees in a forest. Deforestation of the Amazon is shortening the life of the planet. Listen
Drink To ingest a liquid I drink coffee in the morning. Listen
Rain When water falls from the sky It was raining all day Listen
Weather   What the temperature and climate is like. The weather was beautiful Listen
Longest Superlative of long Ana's hair is the longest in the class. Listen


Click here to learn more about homophones

Click here to find out the difference between plain and plane


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