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Lesson 4: The family and around the house

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Let's talk about the weather

We think it's enough now with all the difficult new grammar. That's why we will give you a break and teach you how to talk about the weather.

Use the similarity to their English pendants of some of these expressions here. You will easier memorize the new vocabularies if you think about these resemblances. The following list of vocabularies will allow you to talk about most of the existing weather situations:

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es ist bewölkt
(it is cloudy)

es ist wechselhaft
(it is unsettled)

es ist sonnig
(it is sunny)

es ist warm
(it is warm)

es ist heiß
(it is hot)

es ist kalt
(it is cold)

es schneit
(it is snowing)

es hagelt
(it is hailing)

es gewittert
(there is a thunderstorm)

es ist nebelig
(it is foggy)

es regnet
(it is raining)

es ist windig
(it is windy)

To ask someone about how the weather is, use "Wie ist das Wetter?".
To ask someone how the weather will be tomorrow, use "Wie wird das Wetter morgen?".

You might have noticed that some weather expressions use "es ist" plus an adjective (e.g. "es ist kalt") and others simply use "es" plus a verb form (e.g. "es regnet"). Using this knowledge, you can now even say how the weather is going to be in the future:

Simply use the rules from page 7 of the last lesson. The following examples will assist you:

Es wird regnen.It will rain (It's going to rain).
Es wird morgen kalt sein.It will be cold tomorrow.
Es wird morgen schneien.It will snow tomorrow (It's going to snow tomorrow).

Note that the forms of the auxiliary "werden" are highlighted in blue and the main verb (infinitive) is highlighted in green. Also remember that the main verb is always put at the very end of the sentence.

You are a reporter for a German news station and responsible for the weather report. Can you say what the weather will be like tomorrow in the different German states? Use the German future tense and the word 'morgen' (tomorrow) to do so.

Bayern (Bavaria) + it's raining
Es wird morgen in Bayern regnen.

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1) Sachsen + it's sunny
2) Hamburg + it's snowing
3) Berlin + it's foggy

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