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Do You Know How to Talk About Weather in Proper French?

When you learn a new language, you want to speak like a native. To achieve that level, you need to master the basics and start an every-day conversation easily. One of the most common questions that people ask is, "What’s the weather like?"

Talking about the weather is a great way to break the ice in a conversation. If you’re having an online lesson or business meeting, for example, you can compare the weather in your city with the city where your speaking partner lives. In this conversation, therefore, you practice vocabulary and grammar structures. Furthermore, if you're an intermediate or advanced French learner, global warming might be a good subject to discuss if you like talking about climate change.

With a few simple sentences about the weather, you can easily start a conversation and express your opinion. Do you know to talk about the weather in proper French?

Let’s check it out! Take a look at the following sentences and give your best answers. We’ll use the Present Tense in all the sentences.

  1. Il _____ beau aujourd’hui.

  2. Il _______ nuageux, il ______ (pleuvoir) toute la journée.

  3. _______ du soleil, _______ chaud.

In your opinion, what's your score? 5 out of 5? 2 out of 5?

To discuss the weather (as any other topic), you have to know basic rules and sentence structures. Take a look at these rules:

  1. Il fait + adjectif

  2. Il + verbe

  3. Il y a + nom

Let’s get back to our examples and your answers. Are you still sure of your initial score? Did you apply the above rules?

The rules we pointed out are the most important rules to memorize. It’s all about the nature of words.

If you’re using an adjective to describe the weather, use Il fait to start the sentence.

For example:

Il fait beau. Il fait nuageux. Il fait chaud.

If you’re using a verb, then start your sentence with il.

For example: Il pleut.

If you’re using nouns to talk about the weather, then you should use the construction il y a to make a proper sentence.

For example: Il y a du soleil.

When learning all these expressions about the weather, don’t forget to learn the question as well. « Quel temps fait-il? »


Alors, quel temps fait-il dans votre ville ?


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