Sunny, cloudy, rain or storms, how do you talk about the weather in French?
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Today’s lesson? The weather! Why? Because most small talk usually starts with this very subject.
French is not only about cheese and love… especially if it rains!
But how do you ask about the weather, anyway? You will need to ask : Quel temps fait-il ?
You could specify a place, for example : Quel temps fait-il à Berlin ?
The easiest way to answer this question is to use the structure “il y a” which means “there is…”.
“It’s sunny” would be “Il y a du soleil”
You could also say : “il y a de la pluie”, “il y a du vent”, “il y a des nuages”, “il y a de la neige”
Another structure used to talk about the weather can be “Le temps est …” which means “the weather is …”
À Paris, le temps est ensoleillé ! In Paris, the weather is sunny !
The weather can be : ensoleillé – sunny, pluvieux – rainy or nuageux – cloudy.
If you want to comment on the temperature, you could say that the the weather is hot : Il fait chaud ! or that it’s cold : Il fait froid !, or that it’s just warm : il fait doux !
Now, what’s the weather like where you are ? Quel temps fait-il ?