French Weather Words – Quel temps fait-il?

French weather wordsWhen we want to know what the weather is like, we ask the question, “Quel temps fait-il?” French weather words can be quite different from English.
And, of course, there are many possible answers to this question, “Quel temps fait-il?” A few possibilities are covered in the links below.
Some days we even need more than one of these phrases to describe what is happening outside.
Click on the links below to get more information about French weather words.

La Tour Eiffel – The Eiffel Tower

Eiffel TowerThe Eiffel Tower is one of the most famous constructions in France. People all over the world recognize its shape and know it as a landmark of the city of Paris.
The official Eiffel Tower website has a booklet that you can download for free that tells the story of the tower and its builder, Gustave Eiffel.
The link will take you to the version of the booklet that is mostly in English, but has French vocabulary that you can learn, quizzes, mazes, and other fun activities.
Click on the link below to get your copy:
Free Booklet

Il fait beau – It is nice out


When it comes to describing a nice day in French, “Il fait beau” works every time. Il fait beau can describe a beautiful snowy day in winter, or a sunny summer day.
Did you notice that the French word beau is the first part of the English word beautiful? These words are obviously related and even have the same meaning.
Is it a beautiful day? Il fait beau!

Il fait beau.

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Il fait du vent – It is windy

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.

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Être – to Be

The present tense of être is used so often in French, it is important that you get to know these phrases.
to be = être
I am = je suis
you are (singular) = tu es
he is = il est
she is = elle est
it is = il est or elle est
we are = nous sommes
you are (plural) = vous êtes
they are = ils sont or elles sont

Listen to the podcast to learn how to pronounce these verbs.
Être Podcast (opens in a new window).

For an interesting look at how this French verb compares to other languages, download our Being Words Comparison Worksheet.

Il fait du soleil – It is sunny

winter sun

Il fait du soleil. (eel feh du soh-LAY) = It is sunny.

I love a bright sunny day in the winter! The air has a special blueness and crispness that doesn’t exist any other time of the year. It is like medicine to the Canadian soul!

Quel temps fait-il? (kel tah fay-TEEL?) = What is the weather like?

Il fait du soleil!

Note: Some French speakers say, “Il fait soleil.” Both are acceptable.

Il pleut – It is raining

Il pleut
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!

Looking Back to 2005

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,
I recently found a screenshot of Club Mimi from 2005. Do you know where the name comes from?
Club Mimi 2005 screenshot
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