Here in Canada, where I live, the month of March has a reputation for being windy. So, in honour of that, here is some French weather vocabulary to describe our windy days.
the wind = le vent
It is windy. = Il fait du vent.
French Weather Diary
Here is a fun project for you. For the next week, or month, keep a weather diary. Draw a picture, or take a photo, to show the weather every day and then use your French weather vocabulary to describe it. Write the date and your description under your illustration.
Be sure to read your description out loud to practice saying your French weather words.
To say that it is raining in French, say “il pleut.” This is a tricky phrase for English speakers to pronounce. “Il” = eel. That part is easy. The “pl” sound is just like English. The t is silent. The “eu” sound is different. There is no English equivalent. It is like a combination of the English “r” and short u, “uh.”
To make the “eu” sound, put your tongue in place to say “r.” Then make the “uh” sound, like in cup, down in the back of your throat.
It might feel a little strange at first, but keep practicing and you will be more and more comfortable making those French sounds!
Nallenart’s Club Mimi has been around almost as long as Nallenart (motto: Serving Teachers at Home and School Since 1995). It was started to offer free French lessons and, yes, to point visitors to Nallenart to buy French curriculum for their homeschools and classrooms. At first, it was just a subdomain at Nallenart but then Club Mimi graduated to its own domain, clubmimi.com.
I recently found a screenshot of Club Mimi from 2005. Do you know where the name comes from?