Beginners 1: The weather

Welcome to our first episode, all about the weather! Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Three questions to ask people when you first meet them
  • English people love talking about the weather, but Colombians aren’t so interested – their weather stays the same all around the year. Why?
  • How to ask about the weather
  • How to tell people that it’s hot, cold, raining, or sunny
  • Four cool phrases from the “streets”, talking about… The weather!

We’ll be honest… This was one of earlier recordings, and the audio quality isn’t the greatest. We will be re-recording soon, however! As you work through the course, we figure out how to record ourselves much better 🙂



Rob: Hola a todos, y bienvenidos a Spanish Obsessed beginners podcast number one. Yo soy Rob [Hello everyone, and welcome to Spanish Obsessed… I’m Rob]

Lis: Yo soy Lis [I’m Lis]

Rob: Hola Lis [Hi Lis]

Lis: Hola Rob, hola a todos [Hi Rob, hi everyone]

Rob: ¿Cómo estás? [How are you?]

Lis: Muy muy bien, gracias, ¿tú cómo estás? [Very, very good, thanks, how are you?]

Rob: Estoy bien, gracias. [I’m good thanks] So, in this first beginners podcast we want to talk a little bit about ourselves, we’re also going to talk to you guys a little bit 00:30 about a very popular couple of verbs, which is the verb hacer and estar, and we’re going to talk about that when we talk about the weather, because at the moment we’re recording around Christmas and unfortunately the weather has just been terrible so, we thought it would be great to teach you guys a few phrases related to weather. But before that of course, we wanted to introduce ourselves. So, Lis is going to teach us three phrases which we can use to ask each 1:00 other about ourselves. So Lis, what’s phrase, or question number one?

Lis: Question number one. ¿De dónde eres? Question number two, ¿cuánto tiempo llevas aqui? And third, ¿a qué te dedicas?, o ¿qué haces?

Rob: Cool, thank you very much. So question one, can you say that again

Lis: ¿de 1:30 dónde eres? [Where are you from?]

Rob: What does that mean?

Lis: Where are you from?

Rob: And question number two

Lis: ¿Cuánto tiempo llevas aquí? [How long have you been here?]

Rob: What does that mean?

Lis: How long have you been here?

Rob: And what about question three

Lis: ¿Qué haces? ¿a qué te dedicas? What are you doing?

Rob: Or what do you do?

Lis: Or what do you do

Rob: Ok Lis, so I’m going to use those questions you just taught me, 2:00 I´m going to ask you about yourself, and that way we can all get to know you a bit better. Hola Lis, ¿de dónde eres? [Hi Lis, where are you from?]

Lis: Yo soy de Colombia [I’m from Colombia]

Rob: Muy bien, ¿y cuánto tiempo llevas aquí? [Very good, and how long have you been here?]

Lis: Llevo viviendo en Londres un año [I’ve been living in London a year]

Rob: Un año [A year]

Lis: Un año [A year]

Rob: Un año en Londres. Y Lis, ¿a qué te dedicas? [A year in London. And Lis, what do you do?]

Lis: Estoy estudiando inglés [I’m studying English]

Rob: Muy 2:30 bien, gracias [Very good, thanks]

Lis: Acerca de ti Rob, ¿de dónde eres? [About you Rob, where are you from?]

Rob: Yo soy de Londres [I’m from London]

Lis: ¿Cuánto tiempo llevas viviendo en Londres? [How long have you been living in London?]

Rob: Yo llevo dos años viviendo en Londres [I’ve been living in London for two years]

Lis: Y ¿a qué te dedicas? [And what do you do?]

Rob: Yo trabajo en una agencia de marketing [I work in a marketing agency]

Lis: Ok

Rob: Great, so it’s Christmas, 3:00 and we’re actually not in London at the moment we’re staying in Bath for the last couple of days, but as we were saying before unfortunately the weather has just been awful so English people love talking about the weather. Do you like talking about the weather Lis?

Lis: In Colombia it’s not very common, but yeah sometimes we talk about the weather, because 3:30 it’s the same every day so it’s not…

Rob: That’s a good point actually. In England we have four seasons

Lis: I live in Bogotá, and the weather is always the same every month…

Rob: So we’re going to teach you a few phrases to talk about the weather, and then we’re going to ask each other about the weather, and these are phrases you can go out and use immediately. So how do you ask about the weather, how do you 4:00 say how’s the weather?

Lis: ¿Cómo esta el clima? [How’s the weather?]

Rob: ¿Cómo está el clima? How do you say it’s hot?

Lis: Hace calor

Rob: It’s cold

Lis: Hace frio

Rob: How do you say it’s sunny?

Lis: Hace sol

Rob: 4:30 So we’ve got three different ways of talking about the weather there, we’ve got it’s hot, it’s cold, and it’s sunny. All of those use one verb, hacer. Hace calor, it’s hot, hace frio, it’s cold, hace sol, it’s sunny. And that’s one of the big differences between English and Spanish we always say it is, so verb to be: it’s hot, it’s sunny, it’s cold; but they say to do, hace 5:00 sol, it’s like in English “it is doing sun”, so it sounds quite strange. What about it’s raining?

Lis: Está lloviendo

Rob: Está lloviendo. So here’s a different one. Instead of hacer we’re using estar, so está lloviendo. Ok, so now we’re going to do a little conversation using those phrases and those verbs we’ve just taught you, 5:30 and see if you can follow it. Lis, ¿Cómo está el clima?

Lis: Hace frio. En colombia, hace sol. ¿Cómo está el clima en Londres?

Rob: Está lloviendo, y hace frio. Another way we can actually ask about whether it’s hot or cold, there’s a much easier way of doing it, in England, 6:00 or in English we say it’s hot, and for the question we say “is it hot?”, so we actually change the word order, but what about in Spanish, Lis, how do you say “it is hot”

Lis: Hace calor

Rob: Ok, what about “is it hot”, the question?

Lis: ¿Hace calor? The intonation is changed.

Rob: Ok, so we change the intonation to make a question, what about “it’s cold”?

Lis: Hace frio

Rob: And how do you say “is it cold”?

Lis: 6:30 ¿Hace frio?

Rob: ¿Hace frio? What about “is it raining”?

Lis: ¿Está lloviendo?

Rob: Is it sunny?

Lis: ¿Está haciendo sol?

Rob: ¿En Colombia, hace frio? [In Colombia, is it cold?]

Lis: No, no hace frio. Hace sol. [No, it’s not cold. It’s sunny.]

Rob: Very good. So, we’ve given you a few verbs, and a few phrases to talk about the weather there, we wanted to finish this with some of our favourite phrases 7:00 , some good expressions to talk about the weather which you probably won’t learn in a textbook or in a classroom, these are straight from the streets of Bogotá or Spain, so what have we got? Number one:

Lis: Está lloviznando. It means it’s drizzly. The second one es un simple espantabobos, very famous, está lloviendo a cantaros, and está cayendo una 7:30 tormenta.

Rob: Ok, so what was the first one?

Lis: Está lloviznando.

Rob: Está lloviznando, and what does that mean?

Lis: It’s drizzling.

Rob: It’s drizzling. So it’s like it’s raining, but not very hard, drizzle. Ok, and what about the second one?

Lis: It’s similar, but it’s called es un simple espantabobos

Rob: Es un simple espantabobos. I love that word espantabobos, because it’s actually like two words 8:00 put together, you’ve got espanta, which means, what does that mean? To scare, or to frighten.

Lis: To frighten something.

Rob: And bobos, or bobo

Lis: Silly

Rob: Yeah, so frighten silly, an idiot. So espantabobos is like to frighten an idiot, I suppose, so when you say es un simple espantabobos, it means it’s weather which would only frighten an idiot 8:30

Lis: Yeah, exactly

Rob: So, that’s talking about the drizzle, or just generally not great weather. But what about when the weather’s much worse, what can we say then?

Lis: Está lloviendo a cantaros. When the weather is terrible, and it’s raining a lot

Rob: We’ve got a phrase in English, we say “it’s raining cats and dogs”, this is their equivalent in Spanish, they 9:00 say está lloviendo a cantaros. So a cantaros is a jug, so if you imagine jugs of water falling from the sky, está lloviendo a cantaros. What about our last phrase, what’s that?

Lis: Está cayendo una tormenta. It’s when it’s terrible, terrible weather, when there are relámpagos, I don’t know how I can say relámpagos

Rob: Relámpagos is lightening. 9:30

Lis: Lightening. Yeah, it’s very strong rain.

Rob: Yeah, so really heavy rain, está cayendo una tormenta. So a storm is falling. Fantastic, so those are our phrases about weather, hopefully you can go and use those and when you see someone Spanish, ask them about the weather, it’s always our first point of conversation. So, 10:00 until next time, thank you very much from Spanish Obsessed, hasta luego.

Lis: Muchas gracias, hasta luego [Thank you very much, goodbye]


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25th June 2018 12:43 pm

Hi Tracy
Yes, all beginners lessons come with exercises. You can access these for the first 5 episodes for free, or for all episodes with either a premium or gold subscription.


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