I am listening to Italian Language tapes that do not have any written material to go with them. As I have made progress, (I am on lesson 45) I am getting a little confused. I believe that there must be some ways of expressing things that are idIomatic - and I am wondering if the following question is because the tape is being idiomatic? The tape is prompting me(in English) to say But, how’s the weather over there in January? My answer was; Ma, come è il tempo lì a gennaio? The tape's answer is; Ma, fa tempo li en gennaio? Is the tape's answer right? It is so different than what I was expecting, that I am just not sure. Also, I just used "there~lì" in my answer, since they have not mentioned the word 'over' at all.
Is the answer they want me to learn more correct or more in common use than the answer I thought it was going to be? Is my answer correct?