How to talk about summer

Summer is fun! You can go to the beach, swim and enjoy the sun. In this lesson you will learn how to talk about the fun activities that you can do in the summer. First, you will learn some questions related to summer that you can ask your friends.

¿Qué te gusta hacer en el verano?  -  What do you like to do in summer?

¿Cuáles son tus planes para este verano?  -  What are your plans for this summer?

Now you can see some possible answers for these questions:

En el verano me encanta nadar en la piscina.  -  In the summer I like to swim in the pool.

En el verano me gusta comer helado.  -  In the summer I like to eat ice-cream.

En el verano me gusta beber agua de coco.  -  In the summer I like to drink coconut water.

Este verano planeo ir a la playa.  -  This summer I plan to go to the beach.

Este verano me gustaría disfrutar el sol.  -  This summer I would like to enjoy the sun.

Este verano quiero aprender a surfear.  -  This summer I want to learn how to surf.


Now you can find a list of words related to summer:

verano: summer

playa: beach

sol: sun

mar: sea

arena: sand

castillos de arena: sandcastles

surfear: to surf

bucear: to dive

helado: ice-cream

coco: coconut

palmera: palm tree

piscina: pool


Now I invite you to read a poem about summer and about the beauty of a woman:


"The honors, the daring of the summer"

The honors, the daring of Summer,
with which it ennobled itself and dared heaven,
to the best sky of the most fertile soil
Today my daring hand moves them.

It seems to be needless for the one who is tyrant,
how presumptuous his flight honors,
to give flowers, if your flowers are suspicious
to those of heaven, sovereign face.

Giving them is needless, if you're sure
they envy from your face the most beautiful
parts (and other parts not, for not daring).

Oh, what they are, Celia! Looking at them gives life!
Flower you are; while flower, from your beauty
the flower takes, which is a flower, and it must be lost.

Luis Carrillo y Sotomayor


Here you can find a glossary with some words from the poem:

cielo: heaven, sky

suelo: soil

flor: flower

rostro: face

envidia: envy

hermosura: beauty


What is your opinion about this poem? The poet describes summer as daring. How would you describe summer?