When was the last time you went for a walk in a forest? In this episode we’ll teach you some vocabulary and idioms connected to forests and trees.
Famous forests – Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire, England, (Robin Hood)
The Black Forest in Germany (Named because it’s so dense that very little light enters it)
The Amazon Rainforest in Brazil (and 8 other countries of South America)
The forests in California (in the Redwood National and State Parks), where you can find the tallest trees on earth.
‘Forest’ and ‘wood’ is there a difference? (wood – an uncountable noun – is the material) woods (plural)/a wood (countable) = a collection of trees. Forests are generally larger, denser and darker than woods.
Bush / shrub – arbusto (the bush – a rural forest area)
Tree – branch
Twig – ramita
Leaf and leaves
Deciduous Trees – these trees lose their leaves in the autumn (fall).
Coniferous Trees – these are evergreen trees and they do not lose their leaves. They have leaves like needles (agujas).
Upper Canopy – top of the forest formed by leaves and branches of the tallest trees.
Underbrush – level before the forest floor.
Forest Floor – the bottom level of the forest.
Moss – musgo / lichen (yellow moss) – liquen (mostly grows on the north side of trees, in the northern hemisphere, and on the south side in the southern hemisphere).
To turn over a new leaf
Can’t see the wood/forest for the trees
To be barking up the wrong tree – your efforts are in vain or fruitless
Money doesn’t grow on trees – difficult to get
Out of your tree – crazy, drunk or on drugs
To branch out
The branch of a bank or business
Dead wood – the useless/inefficient members or parts of a group
“Your neck of the woods” – your area
Touch wood!” / “Knock on wood” – for luck
To be out of the woods – out of danger or safe
Wooden (adj.) – literally made of wood; metaphorically an unconvincing performance eg. Charlton Heston’s performance was so wooden it ruined the film
To beat about the bush – to avoid talking directly about an issue
An old, but very well-known song about what you might see in the woods…
Here are the lyrics:
When was the last time you were in a forest?
Do you enjoy walking in forests?
Which famous forest would you most like to visit?
About 30% of the Earth’s surface is covered by forests. They are the lungs of the planet. Are you concerned about deforestation?
to cut down (trees) – talar
to dry out – secar
die out – extinguirse
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