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The Seasons in French

Camille Chevalier-Karfis By Camille Chevalier-Karfis - updated on Jan 6, 2021
french seasons

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.

1 – How to Say the Seasons in French

  • Le printemps: spring
  • L’été (m): summer
  • L’automne (m): fall
  • L’hiver (m): winter

2 – How to Say In + Season in French: Au / En ?

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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? Because of the vowel (or silent h, hence vowel) which starts “été, automne, hiver”. You will also have a strong liaison with the N of the “en”.

3 – 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 à Paimpol. In winter, it seldom snows in Paimpol.

4 – 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.

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