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Learn Spanish: Nature and Winter Vocabulary. Image hand-drawn by me.

Learn Spanish: Nature and Winter Vocabulary. Image hand-drawn by me.

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

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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?

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.

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

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. ¿Cómo se dice "earth" en español?
    • la tierra
    • la tormenta
    • la nube
    • el lago
  2. ¿Cómo se dice "river" en español?
    • el lago
    • el campo
    • el río
    • la lluvia
  3. ¿Cómo se dice "it's snowing" en español?
    • está lloviendo
    • el granizo
    • llueve
    • está nevando
  4. ¿Qué significa "el rayo"?
    • thunder
    • lightning
    • storm
    • thunderstorm
  5. ¿Cómo se dice "it's stormy"?
    • Hay tormenta
    • Hay neblina
    • la lluvia
    • el rayo
  6. ¿Cómo se dice "hail" en español?
    • la nieve
    • la lluvia
    • el granizo
    • el hielo
  7. ¿Qué significa "mire el cielo tan azul" en inglés?
    • Look at the blue sky
    • Look at the sky
    • Look at the blue stars
    • Look at the blue clouds
  8. ¿Cómo se dice "ice" en español?
    • la nieve
    • la lluvia
    • el granizo
    • el hielo
  9. ¿Cómo se dice "look at the mountains" en español?
    • Mire el cielo
    • Mire las estrellas
    • Mire las montañas
    • Mire el campo
  10. ¿Cómo se dice "look at the waterfall" en español?
    • Mire la cascada
    • Mire la montaña
    • Mire el lago
    • Mire el río

Answer Key

  1. la tierra
  2. el río
  3. está nevando
  4. lightning
  5. Hay tormenta
  6. el granizo
  7. Look at the blue sky
  8. el hielo
  9. Mire las montañas
  10. Mire la cascada

Interpreting Your Score

If you got between 0 and 3 correct answers: ¡Estudie más! - Study more!

If you got between 4 and 6 correct answers: Repase el vocabulario unas veces más - Review the vocabulary a few more times.

If you got between 7 and 8 correct answers: Casi; estudie un poco más - Almost; study a bit more.

If you got 9 correct answers: Bien; no fue mal - Good; that wasn't bad.

If you got 10 correct answers: ¡Excelente! ¡Ha aprendido las palabras! - Excellent! You've learned the words!

© 2014 Cynthia Calhoun


Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on April 25, 2015:

Anytime Cindy.

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on April 25, 2015:

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

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on April 20, 2015:

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

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on June 27, 2014:

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!

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on June 27, 2014:

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

torrilynn on June 26, 2014:

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.

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on June 26, 2014:

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

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on June 12, 2014:

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

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on June 12, 2014:

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. ;)

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on June 12, 2014:

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

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on June 12, 2014:

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

Nell Rose from England on June 12, 2014:

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

Dianna Mendez on June 11, 2014:

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!

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on June 11, 2014:

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!

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on June 10, 2014:

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!

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on June 09, 2014:

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

Joe from north miami FL on June 09, 2014:

De nada senora todos los cosas es Bueno.

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on June 09, 2014:

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

Joe from north miami FL on June 09, 2014:

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

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on June 08, 2014:

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.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 08, 2014:

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

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on June 08, 2014:

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. :)

Faith Reaper from southern USA on June 08, 2014:

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

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on June 08, 2014:

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!

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on June 08, 2014:

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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