Today we are going to talk about summer… en français.
I’ve been to France over the summer season two times thus far and there’s no way I would’ve survived without memorizing these vocabulary words first!
Well, okay, that might be a tad bit extreme, but the list of words and phrases that I’m about to share with you definitely came in handy during my summer trips.
When we think of summer, we inevitably think of holidays – “les vacances”.
Traditionally, families and friends take advantage of sunny days (les journées ensoleillées) to travel (voyager) or simply go to the beach (aller à la plage).
“Je suis en vacances!” (I’m on holiday) This is what you can excitedly exclaim once you’re off your study or work duties.
French people have a specific term to indicate the summer break: “les grandes vacances” which means “big holidays”.
Why is that?
Well, that’s simply because summer is the longest period of school holidays for kids – from July to August, 8 weeks total.
Once school is no longer in session, les enfants are finally free to engage in fun outdoor activities.
Summer Activities in French
- Aller à la mer – to go by the beach
- Faire ses valises – to pack
- Défaire ses valises – to unpack
- Marcher sur la plage – To walk on the beach
- Se bronzer – to sunbathe
- Nager – to swim
Summer Months in French
- juin (June)
- juillet (July)
- le mois d’Août (August) – Beware of the pronunciation! The correct pronunciation of août is “oot”.
“Des aoûtiens” is the name given to August vacationers: un aoûtien (if he’s male), une aoûtienne (if she’s female).
People taking their vacation in July (juillet) are called “un juilletiste, une juilletiste”.
Summer Weather in French
When talking about the weather, French people use the verb “faire” (to do).
The usual construction is: “Il fait + ___” followed by “chaud”, “froid” or what else.
- Il fait chaud – It’s hot
- Il fait du soleil – It’s sunny
- Il fait beau – The weather is nice
- La chaleur – The heat
Le soleil brille – The sun is shining
Le ciel est bleu – The sky is blue
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What are your plans for the summer? Did you learn any new French words by reading this post?
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