Do you like rainy days? Does it rain much in your country? Is there any part of your country where it doesn't rain much? Does rain ever affect transportation in your hometown?

  • Downpour (noun) - a lot of rain in a short time.
  • Cloudburst (noun) - a sudden heavy fall of rain.
  • To daydream (verb) - to spend time thinking pleasant thoughts about something you would prefer to be doing or something you would like to achieve in the future.
  • Infamous (adj.) - famous for something considered bad.
  • Spectrum (noun) - a range of different positions, opinions, etc. between two extreme points.
  • Torrential (adj.) - used to refer to very heavy rain.
  • Water cycle (noun) - the way that water is taken up from the sea, rivers, soil, etc. and then comes back down as rain or snow.
  • Drizzle (noun) - rain in very small, light drops.
  • Precipitation (noun) - water that falls from the clouds towards the ground, especially as rain or snow.
  • To spit (verb) - to rain very slightly.
  • To flood (verb) - to cause to fill or become covered with water, especially in a way that causes problems.
  • Depression (noun) - part of a surface that is slightly lower than the rest.
  • Drainage (noun) - the system of water or waste liquids flowing away from somewhere into the ground or downpipes.
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M: Do you like rainy days?

R: Well, when I'm not caught up in them - yes. It's very calming, isn't it? To sit and watch the downpour from the comfort of your own warm apartment. On the other hand, if I'm outside, then I'm less than thrilled about it, especially if it's like a cloudburst or a storm.

M: Roro. So for the purposes of this episode, I'm gonna call Rory Roro.

R: And for the purposes of the episode, I'm going to ignore it.

M: What do you do on rainy days?

R: What most people do, I suppose. Stay in and give thanks that I'm not out in it, or curse the fact that I have to go out in it if that's what's required. I'm pretty sure there are many people like me or many people are like me, and they stare out the window and just daydream.

M: Does it rain much in your country?

R: Well, I think Scotland and Britain, in general, are pretty much infamous at this point for wet weather. Although, when I think about it, I'm pretty sure that Scotland and Russia are quite comparable in terms of weather, though it hits the more extreme ends of the spectrum in Russia, doesn't it? In Scotland, many places are quite high up or near the sea, and that means they're generally wetter. Especially during the autumn or the winter periods. Though it's not unknown to have torrential rain after a few days of sunshine and summer. But that's just the water cycle, isn't it?

M: Is there any part of your country when it doesn't rain much?

R: Honestly, I don't think there's a square inch of open ground untouched by at least a small drizzle at this point. Well, like I say, at least nowhere outside. Maybe in the highest peaks, there's less precipitation, but that's because everything is frozen.

M: Roro, does rain ever affect transportation in your hometown?
R: Well, it's just spitting which is usually the case. But during torrential rain, it can flood the sort of... There's like a small depression in the roadway where it meets the bridge in our local area. And that floods. That's very specific though. Most of the time there aren't serious issues, because we have quite good drainage systems.

M: Thank you very much!
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