French Dates

Beginner French - Level A1

Overview

If you ever write letters, make plans, or request appointments, this lesson will be invaluable. There are a few little formulas to memorize in French, but otherwise, dates are very easy to talk about. In order to say the date in French it is necessary to know the numbers through thirty.

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French Dates

To learn how to say the date in French, you must learn the days of the week and months of the year.

Les Jours de la Semaine - The Days of the Week

lundi - Monday

mardi - Tuesday

mercredi - Wednesday

jeudi - Thursday

vendredi - Friday

samedi - Saturday

dimanche - Sunday

Les Mois de lAnnée  - The Months of the Year

janvier - January

vrier - February

mars - March

avril - April

mai - May

juin - June

juillet - July

août - August

septembre - September

octobre - October

novembre - November

cembre - December

*Notice how neither the days of the week nor months of the year are capitalized in French. These are only capitalized if they are found at the beginning of a sentence.*

La Date - The Date

The following questions can be used to ask what date/day it is:

Quelle est la date ? → “C’est le…”

Nous sommes le combien ? → “Nous sommes…”

Quel jour sommes-nous ? → “Nous sommes…”

 

First, take a look at how writing the date in French compares to English.

English:           Today, it’s Sunday, July 4th, 2021                 or         7/7/2021

            French:            Aujourd’hui, c’est dimanche le 4 juillet 2021            or         4/7/2021

 

The formula for writing the date in French is:

(day of the week) + le + (cardinal number date) + (month) + (year)                      

or         day/mother/year

*One exception to this formula is on the first of the month. To express the first day, one should say le premier” or “1er for the (cardinal number date) part of the formula.

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Is the date really reversed in French? Find out for sure, with this lesson on the correct way to state dates in French.
-credit: Comme une Française

Directions: Practice writing the date for these special events in French:

  1. L’anniversaire de votre mère: November 18th, 1968
  2. Le premier jour de votre poste:August 1st, 2019
  3. Le mariage de votre ami: Saturday, May 14th 2020
  4. Un jour effrayant:Friday, October 13th
  5. Votre anniversaire de mariage: Wednesday, February 27th

Translation and Answers:

  1. Your mom’s birthday: le 18 (dix-huit) novembre 1968
  2. The first day of your job:le premier août 2019
  3. Your friend’s wedding: samedi le 14 (quatorze) mai 2020
  4. A spooky day:vendredi le 13 (treize) octobre
  5. Your anniversary:mercredi le 27 (vingt-sept) février

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