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French Vocabulary

Learn French Weather Vocabulary With Minecraft – Rain

Leyla By Leyla on October 10, 2016
Learn French Weather Vocabulary With Minecraft - Rainy Weather Lesson

Today, our bilingual daughter Leyla (11 years old) will teach you French vocabulary about rainy weather with a short video using the popular video game Minecraft.

First, I will list the French vocabulary about rain and storm which Leyla will then illustrate in her video using the popular video game Minecraft.

Scroll down to see the video.

1 – French Weather Vocabulary – Rain

  1. La pluie : rain
  2. La bruine, le crachin : drizzle
  3. L’averse : shower
  4. L’ondĂ©e (f) : rain
  5. Les précipitations (f) : word use in weather forecast to measure rain
  6. La goutte : the drop

2 – French Storm Vocabulary

  1. La tempĂȘte : storm, tempest
  2. L’orage (masculine) : electric storm
  3. Un Ă©clair – lightning in the sky
  4. La foudre – lightning bolt
  5. Le tonnerre – thunder
  6. Le tonnerre gronde – thunder is rumbling

3 – To Rain in French

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Pleuvoir – to rain in French, is always conjugated at the “il” form.
The “il” doesn’t stand for anybody, it’s just the way we use this verb.

  1. Il pleut – it’s raining, it rains
  2. Il a plu – it rained (sometimes it was raining)
  3. Il pleuvait – it rained, it was raining
  4. Il va pleuvoir – it’s going to rain
  5. Il pleuvra – it will rain
  6. Qu’il pleuve – that it rains (subjunctive)

4 – To Rain ≠ To Cry

Watch out for this common mistake:

  1. Il pleut – it’s raining, it rains
  2. Il pleure – he is crying, he cries

5 – French Rain Related Expressions

  1. Il fait mauvais = il ne fait pas beau : it’s bad out, it’s not nice out.
  2. Le déluge : the Flood ( in the Bible)
  3. AprÚs moi le déluge ! ( expression from Madame de Pompadour) meaning What happens when I am gone is none of my concern !
  4. Une pluie battante, torrentielle : driving rain
  5. Il pleut/il tombe des cordes, il pleut des trombes, il pleut à verse, il pleut à torrent : it’s pouring
  6. Il pleut comme vache qui pisse : a bit vulgar but very common (literally it rains like a pissing cow) = it’s raining cats and dogs
  7. Il fait un temps de chien : the weather is awful (watch out – this doesn’t mean the weather is necessarily hot like “the hot dogs of summer”… We use “il fait un temps de chien” a lot for rainy weather. (literally it’s a weather suitable for dogs)
  8. Il fait un temps de cochon : the weather is awful. (literally it’s a weather suitable for pigs)
  9. Il fait un froid de canard : it’s very cold out. (literally it’s a nice cold weather for ducks)

6 – Learn the French Weather Vocabulary With Minecraft – Rain

And now let’s watch Leyla’s video about rainy weather in French, using the popular video game Minecraft.

You’ll find the French transcript and English translation below.

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7 – French Weather Video – French Transcript and English translation

Quel temps fait-il aujourd’hui ?
How is the weather today?

Aujourd’hui, il ne fait pas beau !
Today, it’s not nice out!

Il fait mauvais.
It’s bad out.

Il pleut.
It’s raining.

Il pleut fort.
It’s raining hard.

Il pleut des cordes.
It’s pouring.

Il pleut Ă  verse.
It’s pouring.

Il pleut Ă  torrent.
It’s pouring.

Il fait un temps de chien
It’s an awful weather.

il fait un temps de cochon.
It’s an awful weather.

Ce n’est pas Ă©lĂ©gant, mais on dit aussi qu’Il pleut comme vache qui pisse
 Enfin moi, je ne dirai jamais ça !
It’s not elegant, but we also say that it rains like a peeing cow… Well I would never say that!

Et en plus, il fait un froid de canard !
And to top it all, it’s cold out!


Ce soir, il y a de l’orage. Il y a des Ă©clairs, et le tonnerre gronde.
Tonight, there is a storm. There are lightnings and the thunder is rumbling.

Le vent souffle fort aussi: c’est la tempĂȘte dehors.
The wind blows strongly as well: there is a tempest outside.

Je vais rester Ă  l’intĂ©rieur et m’occuper de mon chien qui a peur du tonnerre.
I’m going to stay inside and take care of my dog who is afraid of thunder.

Calme-toi. Tout va bien !
Calm down! It’s all good.

Zut alors. Ce matin, il pleuvait déjà.
Darn. This morning, it rained already.

En fait, il a plu toute la journée, et ce soir, il pleut encore.
Actually, it rained all day, and tonight, it is still raining.

C’est important qu’il pleuve : la pluie arrose le jardin et fait pousser les lĂ©gumes et les fleurs

It’s important that it rains: the rain waters the garden and (helps) vegetables and flowers to grow.

Mais quand mĂȘme, c’est plus agrĂ©able quand il fait beau et qu’il y a du soleil .
But still, it’s nicer when the weather is nice and the sun is out.

Demain, je pense qu’il va pleuvoir Ă  nouveau, mais j’espĂšre qu’il ne pleuvra pas toute la journĂ©e !
Tomorrow, I think it’s going to rain again, but I hope it’s not going to rain all day long!

Voilà, c’est tout pour aujourd’hui.
Here you go, that’s all for today.

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