Winter is just getting started! In many parts of the world, temperatures are about to drop a little more. It’s time for Spanish learners to explore the enchanting realm of winter vocabulary. These words and phrases will not only help you navigate conversations during this frosty season, but also help you learn about how different people experience this time of year.
Weather- related winter vocabulary
Not every Spanish-speaking country, or every region of a country, will experience these different types of weather. For example, someone born and raised in parts of Colombia or Puerto Rico may not have ever seen snow!
- El Frío (Cold): The cornerstone of winter vocabulary, this word encapsulates the essence of the season. Use it to describe the biting chill in the air or the freezing temperatures.
- La Nieve (Snow): Some related terms such as “nevada” (snowfall) and “copo de nieve” (snowflake) are also good to keep in mind.
- La Helada (Frost): When the temperature drops, surfaces may be covered in a delicate layer of frost. Master this term to convey the crisp, frozen mornings.
Essential winter activities and pasttimes
- Esquiar (To Ski): For winter sports enthusiasts, this verb is a must-learn. Whether you’re planning a skiing trip or discussing winter hobbies, “esquiar” will be a valuable addition to your vocabulary.
- Patinar (To Ice Skate): Glide gracefully across the ice with this essential verb. Ice skating is a beloved winter activity in many Spanish-speaking countries!
- Hacer un muñeco de nieve (To Build a Snowman): Unleash your inner child and learn this fun phrase. Building a snowman is a universal winter delight, and you’ll want to express this joy in Spanish. This literally translates to make a snow doll!
Clothing and accessories
- Abrigo (Coat): Stay warm and stylish by mastering the term for the essential winter garment. Combine it with other words like “bufanda” (scarf) and “guantes” (gloves) to describe your winter wardrobe.
- Botas de nieve (Snow Boots): Equip yourself for winter adventures with a pair of “botas de nieve.” These specialized boots are designed to keep your feet warm and dry in snowy conditions.
Mastering winter vocabulary in Spanish opens the door to a world of seasonal expressions, allowing you to share your experiences and connect with others during this chilly time of year!