Part 4 - News report/Radio broadcasts


A blanket of snow
A blanket of snow /ə/ /ˈblæŋkɪt/ /ɒv/ /snəʊ/
Example: This morning we discovered a blanket of snow in the garden.

A drop of rain
A drop of rain /ə/ /drɒp/ /ɒv/ /reɪn/
Example: There was not even a single drop of rain.

At the start of sth
At the start of sth /æt/ /ðə/ /stɑːt/ /ɒv/
Example: At the start of next week, we expect some clearing in the north.

Attend a conference
Attend a conference /əˈtɛnd/ /ə/ /ˈkɒnfərəns/
Example: We are attending a conference in the meeting hall.

Be glad to do sth
Be glad to do sth /biː/ /glæd/ /tuː/
Example: I'm glad to see all of you here in the training session.

Be responsible (for doing sth)
Be responsible (for doing sth) /biː/ /rɪsˈpɒnsəbl/ (/fɔː/ /ˈdu(ː)ɪŋ/
Example: He is responsible for making our Web site truly interactive.

Bottleneck /ˈbɒtlnɛk/
Example: There is a huge bottleneck in traffic at the intersection of Center and State Street.

Bumper-to- bumper
Bumper-to- bumper /ˈbʌmpə/-/tuː/- /ˈbʌmpə/
Example: The cars on the highway are bumper to bumper right now

Car crash
Car crash /kɑː/ /kræʃ/
Example: There was a car crash on the ring road.

Chance of sth
Chance of sth /ʧɑːns/ /ɒv/
Example: Chance of rain is 40 percent today but drops to 10 percent by Friday.

Commute /kəˈmjuːt/
Example: The commute to work this morning was slow due to bad weather.

Congestion /kənˈʤɛsʧən/
Example: Rising traffic congestion is an inescapable condition in large and growing metropolitan areas

continue to do sth
continue to do sth /kənˈtɪnju(ː)/ /tuː/
Example: Coast weather will continue to be warm and sunny for the next two days.

drop to/ into
drop to/ into /drɒp/ /tuː// /ˈɪntuː/
Example: The temperatures there will drop into the low 70s.

Expect sth/ to do sth
Expect sth/ to do sth /ɪksˈpɛkt/
Example: We're expecting afternoon clearing with partly cloudy skies