Mission 4: Talk about the Weather
Talking about the weather is great for small talk and can be used when you want to start conversations or when you just don't know what else to say. You can practice speaking by clicking on a character bubble and taking the part of A or B.
A: ¿Qué tal?
B: Pues bien, pero hace mucho calor, ¿no?
A: Sí, es cierto, ¡hace mucho calor!
pues... In this context “pues” is analogous to “Well…” It's what you say when you are thinking, and using it from time to time will make your Spanish sound more natural. You can use it whenever you are asked a question and need some time to think.
pero This means, “but…” It is a great word to use when you are explaining things. In this case, you're saying "I'm good, but it's really hot, isn't it?" So adding "pero" gives a little more nuance to your answer.
Hace mucho calor, ¿no? This is a great conversation starter. It means, "It's hot today, isn't it?". In winter perhaps you would say, "Hace mucho frio, ¿no?", which means, "It's cold, isn't it?".
Sí, es cierto… Another great phrase. It means “Yes, it’s true…” We use this phrase all the time in conversation.