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Study Spanish: Nature and Weather Vocabulary
Sometimes we want to know how to speak another language and don't have the time to take a class.
Or, we just want to know some simple words to express ourselves while traveling.
Still, it's hard to find free information on learning Spanish where you can learn about a specific subject in Spanish.
In this hub, you can download the images on nature, take the quizzes, and otherwise learn some basic nature and weather vocabulary in Spanish - all for free!
Still, if you're a teacher, you can adapt the words and lessons here to your own classroom. In fact, these words and drawings are adapted from my own Spanish classroom and from lessons I have taught my own students.
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Nature and Winter Words in Spanish
The following is a list of nature and weather words in Spanish, followed by the English equivalent.
la tierra - the earth
el río - the river
el rayo - the lightning
las estrellas - the stars
la tempestad - the storm
el lago - the lake
la nieve - the snow
la lluvia - the rain
el campo - the countryside, hills
el hielo - the ice
la nube - the cloud
el granizo - the hail
la luna - the moon
las montañas - the mountains
el cielo - the sky
la cascada - the waterfall
el bosque - the forest
Make Vocabulary Flashcards
All the photos you see here can be used to make flashcards with images on them.
Right-click and you can "save-as" and download the image. You are free to use them to practice, make copies, etc.
Note that no English words appear on the images.
If you're not sure exactly what a picture means, refer to the list above.
Remember, the less you see the English translations as you memorize the words, the easier it will be to learn the words in Spanish.
Of course, not everyone learns best with flashcards, but it is one great way to learn.
Do you have a favorite word?
What's your favorite nature-related vocabulary word?
Related to the words above are some weather expressions in Spanish.
Expressions do vary from country to country. There are 21 Spanish-speaking countries in the world, so there will be regional variations.
First, if you want to say "it's raining," you can say está lloviendo or llueve. Both expressions are derived from la lluvia.
If you want to say, "it's cloudy," you can say está nublado. This comes from la nube.
If you want to say, "it's snowy," the expression is está nevando, coming from the word la nieve.
Granizar is the verb form of el granizo. If you want to say "it's hailing," you can say graniza.
You can say hay tormenta for "it's stormy," coming from the word la tempestad. Another common expression is Es un día tempestuoso (literally: it is a stormy day).
Some Nature Expressions
We often express wonder at the beauty of nature.
If you want to say, "look at the moon!" you can say ¡Mire la luna! (This is using the formal "usted" form in Spanish.)
If you want to look and say how beautiful the mountains are, you can say, Mire las hermosas montañas.
Similarly, if you want to express how beautiful the hills and countryside are, you can say, El campo es bonito.
If you want to talk about the sky and say how blue it is, you can say, Mire el cielo tan azul.
If you want to say the "lake is clear," you can say, El lago es muy claro.
If you want to talk about the twinkling stars, you can say, Las estrellas centellean.
Pronounce the Vocabulary
Below is a video of the images above, but I have read the words so you know how to pronounce them. I said the words slowly so that you can also pronounce them after I say them.
Included are extra phrases and words.
Other Useful Weather Expressions
Just as we have many weather expressions in English, there are many in Spanish. Here are some more of the most common phrases:
Hace sol - It's sunny.
Hace calor - It's hot.
Hace frío - It's cold.
Hace buen tiempo - It's nice out.
Hace mal tiempo - It's bad out.
Hace viento - It's windy.
Está soleado - It's sunny.
Está despejado - Clear skies.
Once you have studied the words, you can quiz yourself to see how much you've learned.
When you take the quiz, you will be asked questions using several expressions:
¿Cómo se dice _____ en español? - How do you say _____ in Spanish?
¿Qué significa _____ en español? - What does _____ mean in Spanish?
Spanish Nature and Weather Quiz
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