English in Bloom: Spring Vocabulary

The cold chill of winter is finally gone, which means spring is here! Spring brings sunshine, garden parties, freshly blooming flowers, April showers, and bright colors. As you start to plan your weekend activities in the returning sunshine – and the occasional spring showers – you’ll want to have a strong grasp on the vocabulary we use when we talk about spring.

Here’s our list of some of the most common spring-themed vocabulary terms you’ll come across when you’re first learning English. Take a look and see how many you can incorporate into your every day English conversations about springtime!

 

April Showers

This term refers to springtime rain. It comes from the phrase “April showers bring May flowers,” meaning that the rain early in spring brings the beautiful bloom of flowers later on in the season.

 

Bloom

This is the word used to describe the buds on a plant opening into flowers. Bloom is also the collective noun you use when you describe a group of flowers.

spring flowers bloom
Spring is the time when nature comes back to life

 

Fresh

Fresh is another term for “new” or “clean.” This word is used often in spring because the season is associated with new life and rebirth.


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Hatch

When a baby bird is born, it hatches from its egg. You use this word when you describe the act of an animal emerging from the egg it had been incubating in.

spring chicks hatching
These birds have been waiting a long time to hatch

 

Pollen

Probably the least favored thing about springtime, pollen is a fine, powdery grain that comes from flowers in the springtime, often causing allergies and lots of sneezing.

 

Puddles

Who doesn’t love jumping in a puddle? These are small pools of water collected in the ground after the rain. When you’ve got your rain boots on, you’re probably a bit tempted to splash in the spring puddles.

spring puddles
It may leave your shoes a bit wet, but it's so much fun to jump in a puddle

 

Rainbow

After the rain, a rainbow appears in the sky, which is an arc of colors in the sky caused by the reflection of sunshine in drops of rain.

 

Sun-kissed

This is another term for getting a tan from the warmth of the sun. Someone who is sun-kissed has spent some time outdoors and you can see it in the changing pigmentation of their skin.

spring sun-kissed
Now that the sun is finally back, why not enjoy it?

 

Vibrant

This word is the perfect term to describe someone or something that is full of energy. Many plants and animals wake up in the springtime, regaining their vibrant energy.

 

So how well do you know these seasonal terms now? Practice and before you know it you'll be using them in your daily conversations. Have any other favorite springtime terms that we missed? Let us know in the comments!

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