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English Vocabulary: Summer in California May 31st, 2016

The weather in Los Angeles is nearly perfect year-round. Still, there’s just something about the summer air that keeps us longing for the Summer season, and it’s just around the corner! If you’re lucky enough to be in California during this time, you might want to familiarize yourself with some summer vocabulary. Read below to refresh, or learn, some summertime vocabulary.

Sunbathing, Tanning:

The act of sitting or laying out in the sun with the purpose of getting tan. If someone says they are going to “lay out,” they mean that they are going to tan outside. You might also hear the phrase “soak up the sun.”


When you lay in the sun for too long, you may get red, or sunburnt!

Healthy glow:

Being in the sun will make your skin a little bit darker. When you get a tan, but do not burn, you have a “healthy glow.”


To avoid getting a sunburn, you should put on some sunscreen, or suntan lotion. “SPF,” which stands for Sun Protection Factor, refers to the strength of the lotion.

Swimsuit, Bathing Suit:

Swimsuit and bathing suit are used interchangeably. A bikini is a two-piece bathing suit.


This is a slang word for sunglasses.

Flip flops:

Flip flops are thong sandals, and are pretty much the LA summer uniform. If you don’t have a pair already and are in LA for the summer, we highly recommend you get some!


Some summer days can be so hot that you might want to just sit around and relax, or “lounge.”


A barbecue is when a group of people gather and eat food that is cooked on a grill. These are common in the summer when the weather is nice.

English Vocabulary California Summer