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Updated on January 12, 2018
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Learn Spanish: Nature and Winter Vocabulary. Image hand-drawn by me.
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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.

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.

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el campolas montañas, el cieloel granizoel hieloel lagoel rayoel río
el campo
el campo | Source
las montañas, el cielo
las montañas, el cielo | Source
el granizo
el granizo | Source
el hielo
el hielo | Source
el lago
el lago | Source
el rayo
el rayo | Source
el río
el río | Source

Do you have a favorite word?

What's your favorite nature-related vocabulary word?

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Weather Expressions

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.

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las estrellaslas estrellasla nubela nievela lunala lluviala cascada
las estrellas
las estrellas | Source
las estrellas
las estrellas | Source
la nube
la nube | Source
la nieve
la nieve | Source
la luna
la luna | Source
la lluvia
la lluvia | Source
la cascada
la cascada | Source

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.

Quiz Yourself!

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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    • Kristen Howe profile image

      Kristen Howe 

      5 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Anytime Cindy.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      5 years ago from Western NC

      Kristen - awesome! Thank you for stopping by! I appreciate your feedback. :)

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      Kristen Howe 

      5 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Gracias Cindy for this useful Spanish lesson in nature and weather terms. Very useful!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      6 years ago from Western NC

      Torrilynn - hey! Thanks for coming by! Yeah, Spanish is one of those things - like math - if you don't use it, you lose it. I definitely try to practice it often. I appreciate your votes and comments. Have a great day!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      6 years ago from Western NC

      Christy - oh, goodness! You're so sweet! I hope you're also having a good summer - I am. :) Hehe, I decided, finally, to incorporate some Spanish into my writing. :) Thank you so much for sharing. Sending you big hugs back! xoxo

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      6 years ago

      I've always wanted to learn Spanish. I knew more when I was younger but as you get older, you tend to forget. Thanks for this useful hub. Voted up.

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      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi honey! I hope you are having a fabulous summer so far :) I loved reading your comment on my hub today and knowing you read the love in the hub's words. Now I come here and see you are teaching us about Spanish and more, from your wonderful wise mind! So nice! I voted up and am now going to share, smile and send you big hugs xoxo

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      6 years ago from Western NC

      Aviannovice - thank you so much. :) As far as being gifted? Hah! Allz I know is that I try to do my very best and never stop learning. :D

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      6 years ago from Western NC

      Nell - yes! That's a huge advantage in learning Spanish when you know English: many of the words look alike. :) Thanks so much for coming by. ;)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      6 years ago from Western NC

      Dianna - thank you so much. :) Aww, I bet when you taught this to preschool you were THE BEST!! And, believe it or not, you gave me some ideas with preschool. Last year was my first year teaching them and it was...challenging. :P

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You sure made learning the Spanish language so fun and easy! You must be a gifted teacher!

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Wow, that was fun! lol! its amazing how we can interpret the words just by looking at them, for example la luna was obvious as well as the mountains etc, very similar to English, what a great hub! voted up and shared, nell

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      I enjoyed this post on weather. I remember teaching this to preschoolers and how fun it was to see their responses to daily weather changes. They learned how to share their forecasts in spanish quickly. Muy bien!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      6 years ago from Western NC

      Vicki - hehe, well, if you ever help to tutor Spanish, then you'll know where to find some info. :) I do plan on cranking out a whole boatload of these. Haha.

      Sending hugs!

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      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I love your teaching Spanish hubs! I could have used these when I was teaching high school Spanish. I always used some type of flashcards. I often ripped pictures out of magazines to ask students to identity them.

      I love your drawings. Awesome!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      6 years ago from Western NC

      joedolphin - jaja, muy bien. Eso me alegre. :)

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      6 years ago from north miami FL

      De nada senora todos los cosas es Bueno.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      6 years ago from Western NC

      Joedolphin88 - thanks! I appreciate your feedback. Gracias. Hope all is well with you. :)

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      6 years ago from north miami FL

      Great way to learn Spanish, I'm impressed with the idea here. great hub great idea.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      6 years ago from Western NC

      BB - always great to see you, too! You're not brain dead: you're brilliant at other things right now. Perhaps you'll take up learning a few words after you've sold that bestseller of yours. ;)

      Hugs right back atcha.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It's always nice to see an article by you, lil Sis, even though I am brain dead when it comes to Spanish. :) When in doubt, always listen to the ones who know, and you, my friend, know.

      hugs coming at you

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      6 years ago from Western NC

      Faith Reaper - thank you so much for your kind words. You're a gem. :) I definitely want it to seem easy and yes, I LOVE doing the drawings. :)

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      You are such a wonderful teacher and you have presented this lesson in such a way that makes learning Spanish so easy, it seems. Love your drawings and suggestions.

      Up and more and away

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      6 years ago from Western NC

      Jodah - thanks for your feedback. :) I hope it does help people. It's such fun for me to teach. I appreciate your comments and votes. Have a great day!

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      John Hansen 

      6 years ago from Queensland Australia

      What a wonderful hub cclitgirl. You have explained everything very clearly and set it out in an easy to understand way. This is a great introduction to learning Spanish and your drawings and the video of the flash cards terrific. Well done. Voted up.


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