The Seasons in French With Audio Recordings

Author: Camille Chevalier-Karfis

How do you say the 4 seasons in French? Should you use Au or En ? Learn about the French season vocabulary as well as typical sentences used to talk about the seasons in French.

March 20 was the first day of spring. So today, I’ll tell you about the seasons in French.

What Are The Names Of The 4 Seasons in French?

This free French lesson – like many on French Today’s blog – features audio recordings. Click on the link next to the headphones to hear the French pronunciation.

In + Season In French: Au / En ?

Although all the seasons are masculine in French, to translate “in+season’s name” in French, the preposition will change:

  1. Au printemps
  2. En été
  3. En automne
  4. En hiver

Why do we use “au + season” or “en + season”? Because of the vowel (or silent h, hence vowel) which starts “été, automne, hiver”. You will also have a strong liaison in French with the N of the “en”.

Examples of Sentences Using the Seasons in French

  1. Mardi, c’était le premier jour du printemps
    Tuesday was the first day of spring.
  2. Quelle est votre saison préférée ?
    What’s your favorite season?
  3. Ma saison préférée est l’été
    My favorite season is summertime.
  4. Quel temps fait-il en France au printemps ?
    What’s the weather like in France in the spring?
  5. En été, je nage souvent dans la mer.
    In summer, I often swim in the sea.
  6. Mon chien adore se rouler dans les feuilles en automne.
    My dog loves rolling in the leaves in the fall.
  7. En hiver, il neige rarement en Bretagne.
    In winter, it seldom snows in Brittany.

Famous Saying About the Seasons in French.

“En avril, ne te découvre pas d’un fil.
Mais en mai, fais ce qu’il te plaît”

In April, don’t take a thread off (= don’t take your clothes of because it could still be cold).
But in May, do whatever you’d like. (Dress light if you want because it should be warm enough)

And now for a fun practice, I invite you to listen to my recording and explanation of a French poem about Spring.

Author: Camille Chevalier-Karfis

Camille Chevalier-Karfis

Born and raised in Paris, I have been teaching today's French to adults for 23+ years in the US and France. Based on my students' goals and needs, I've created unique downloadable French audiobooks focussing on French like it's spoken today, for all levels. Most of my audiobooks are recorded at several speeds to help you conquer the modern French language. Good luck with your studies and remember, repetition is the key!

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