Winter is called hiver in French. The season of winter is from December 21-March 21.
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Christmas is celebrated in France during the winter season. On January 1st, a new year is welcomed with a lot of hope and new resolutions. Valentine’s day on the 14th of February is an important celebration of love for couples in France as well as all over the world.
How to pronounce seasons in French?
Now that you know the French seasons, you can start the pronunciation exercise.
Below are the audio recordings of the names of the four seasons of the year in French.
Listen to learn then repeat to master the pronunciation of French seasons.
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Different seasons in different contexts
In addition to seasons of the year in the context of the weather, “une saison” in French can be used to describe a specific event that occurs over a defined period. Here are a few examples:La saison des vendangesLa saison des fruits et des légumesLa saison touristiqueLa saison sportive
Let’s see together the details of each season.
La saison des vendanges
La saison des vendanges is the time when grapes are harvested. France is famous for its wine (vin). Different regions in France have different harvest times (saison des vendanges). I live in Bourgogne (Burgundy) so the harvest season typically falls between September and October.But why is it the best saison to harvest grapes?The time of harvest is determined by the ripeness of the grape, the weather…
La saison des fruits et des légumes
La saison des fruits et des légumes is getting more traction since a few years. Nowadays, in France, we are encouraged to choose les légumes de saison (seasonal vegetables) and les fruits de saison (seasonal fruits). So that we consume local vegetables and fruits!
La saison touristique
During the summer (July, August), we’re talking about “la saison touristique” in French (touristic season). If you want to visit the South of France my only advice is to try to avoid the touristic season!!! Prices are often higher, compared to other times of the year, and there are so many people!!! If your lifestyle allows you to travel other times of the year you’ll be able to enjoy this beautiful region by yourself.
La saison sportive
La saison sportive refers to the sports season. Many people are interested in different sports. if you’re interested in a or more sports, you know that there is a sports season for each Sport (Skating in Winter or Beach soccer in Summer for example).
More seasons than you’ve imagined!
La saison des soldes. That means the sales season. In France, we usually have “la saison des soldes” in January and in July for 6 weeks.
Les vêtements de saison. In winter people tend to wear warm clothes. Seasons define the way how people dress and this is why we talk about seasonal clothes.
La saison d’une série. Episodes of a TV show that are released at regular intervals.
La saison des foins. The haymaking season. There is usually about a two-week “window” of time in which grass is at its ideal stage for harvesting hay.
Summary of the lesson
Although that one paragraph and few lines on every season are never enough to describe a season, I hope that the explanations in this article will help you better understand the main characteristics of France’s unique seasons.
In this lesson, we have reviewed the list of the seasons in French. Let us recall what we have learned.There are 4 seasons in a year: Hiver, Printemps, Eté, Automne.We explored how the word season is used in different contexts in the French language.You have access to the audio to learn how to pronounce months and seasons in French.
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Now that you master the seasons in French, it’s important tokeep improving your French level.As a next step, you can exploremore French words as part of our French vocabulary list.