Ahh... the weather. Like it or loathe it, when you run out of everything else it will always be there... the universal conversation starter! Master the following phrases and vocabulary as your introduction to this most popular of subjects.
Pay attention to a couple of differences between French and English in the following phrases: "It's windy" translates to "There is some wind", and "it's foggy" does a similar thing with "There is some fog".
Also note that when it comes to weather, we don't say "il est..." (it is) but rather il fait... (it makes/does).
Play audio il pleut = it's raining
Play audio il neige = it's snowing
Play audio il y a du vent = it's windy
Play audio il y a du brouillard = it's foggy
Play audio il fait chaud = it's hot
Play audio il fait froid = it's cold
Play audio qu'est-ce qu'il fait beau! = what a nice day!
Play audio il fait un temps affreux = the weather is terrible
Play audio l'orage = storm
Play audio la neige = snow
Play audiola grêle = hail
In English we might say "It's raining cats and dogs!" to communicate the idea that the rain is somewhat heavy. French speakers have an equally bewildering saying: "It's raining ropes":
il pleut des cordes. Play audio
If you think that that doesn't make any sense, take a moment to consider the cats and dogs!