How to Talk About the Summer in Chinese


In China, summer, or “夏天” (xiàtiān), is frequently characterized by soaring temperatures and an abundance of mouthwatering fruit. Chinese speakers often discuss a wide range of things when discussing summer, including the weather, outdoor activities, customary celebrations, and regional cuisine. Here is a list of topics you can bring up to talk about summer in Chinese.

Weather-Related Words and Phrases

    • Hot: 热 (rè)
    • It’s very hot: 天气非常热 (tiānqì fēicháng rè)
    • Sunny: 阳光明媚 (yángguāng míngmèi)
    • Heat wave: 热浪 (rè làng)
    • Humid: 潮湿 (cháoshī)

Summer Activities

    • Swimming: 游泳 (yóuyǒng)
    • Go to the beach: 去海边 (qù hǎibiān)
    • Traveling: 旅行 (lǚxíng)
    • Summer vacation: 暑假 (shǔjià)

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Summer Festivals

Several festivals mark summer in China. Here are two of the most significant:

  • Dragon Boat Festival: 端午节 (duānwǔ jié). This festival is celebrated with dragon boat races and zongzi (粽子), a traditional Chinese food made of glutinous rice stuffed with different fillings and wrapped in bamboo leaves.
  • Qixi Festival: 七夕节 (qīxī jié). Often referred to as Chinese Valentine’s Day, it falls on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month.

Summer Food and Drinks

    • Iced tea: 冷茶 (lěng chá)
    • Watermelon: 西瓜 (xīguā)
    • Mango: 芒果 (mángguǒ)
    • Cold noodles: 凉面 (liángmiàn)

Common Summer Sentences

    • 我喜欢夏天。 (wǒ xǐhuān xiàtiān) – I like summer.
    • 北京的夏天可能非常热 (Běijīng de xiàtiān kěnéng fēicháng rè) – The summer in Beijing can be very hot.
    • 我喜欢在夏天游泳 (wǒ xǐhuān zài xiàtiān yóuyǒng) – I like to swim in the summer.


Increasing your vocabulary and participating in more interesting conversations are facilitated by learning how to discuss the summer in Chinese. By practicing these terms and phrases, you can communicate more effectively with Chinese speakers about your summertime goals, preferences, and experiences.

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