Monday, September 22, 2014

Goodbye summer, hello fall 2014!

All sorts of squashes, including pumpkins, at this supermarket in Brooklyn remind us that autumn is here!
Did you know today is the beginning of fall? If you're a fan of ASTRONOMY, you probably know that fall officially starts with the autumnal (fall) equinox, which this year happens at PRECISELY 10:29 p.m. EDT (Eastern Daylight Time) today when the earth "straightens out" or isn't TILTED in any direction, giving both HEMISPHERES equal amounts of sunlight. As a result, today we'll have about the same lengths of day and night. Interesting? 
  • ASTRONOMY - the study of the stars and planets
  • PRECISELY - exactly
  • TILTED - leaning to one side
  • HEMISPHERES - the northern and southern halves of the earth

Here on earth, the temperatures will continue to DROP, the leaves will change from green to reds, yellows, and oranges, and soon we will be thinking of Halloween and Thanksgiving. If you like these two holidays, you'll probably BE IN THE MARKET for a nice pumpkin at least once this season. We use pumpkins to CARVE Jack O' Lanterns for Halloween and to make pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving dinner. 
  • DROP - decrease; fall 
  • BE IN THE MARKET FOR - be looking to buy something
  • CARVE - create or shape something using tools

As pumpkins are in season this time of year, you'll see plenty of them around town, especially in grocery stores and farmer's markets. Pumpkins tend to be associated with fall, together with falling leaves and falling temperatures and the warm comfort foods that come out of the kitchen this time of year.

So now are you excited about fall? What images do you think of when you think of autumn? Comment below or tweet us to let us know. Happy first day of autumn, and have a wonderful fall season!

-- Joe Yu, ESL instructor

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