How do you talk about the weather in Chinese? Whether you’re experiencing sun, snow, or something in between, this free audio lesson will teach you tons of Mandarin Chinese words you can use in conversation. Whether you’re traveling in a Chinese-speaking country or conversing with Chinese speakers closer to home, the Rocket Chinese team will teach you how to talk about the climate and the current weather conditions in Chinese.
We hope you don’t encounter any extreme weather, but to be on safe side we’ll teach you some words for that too. It’s good to be prepared and know what to expect, so let’s get started!
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What's the weather forecast for today?
What's the weather forecast for this week?
How's the weather?
What's the weather like?
What's it like outside?
There are a lot of possible answers to that question. Here are the most common ones…
You can use the word “hěn” (很) for all of the above phrases to emphasize that it’s not just cold or warm, but very cold or very warm. For example:
It's very cold.
It's very warm.
It's very hot.
When talking about rain you can use the following expressions …
For a farmer rain might be all he needs, whereas a soccer team might be hoping for a sunny day. Here are some more general answers.
It's miserable weather.
It's good weather.
It's bad weather.
It's beautiful weather.
It's terrible weather.
If you are planning to travel to China in the winter time, you’ll probably need to know the next two phrases.
It's icy cold
Here are some more words that describe certain weather conditions…
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