Dates in French
To ask somebody the date in French, say:
Quelle est la date aujourd’hui?
What is the date today?
There are several ways to answer the question. The easiest way is to use this form:
For example, it’s July 14: C’est le quatorze juillet.
This construction holds true for all of the days of the month except the first. To say the first of the month you must use the word “premier” which literally means first (as in first, second, third, etc).
So, to say, “It’s January 1”, say: “c’est le premier janvier“.
There are two more ways to say the date which you should learn:
Now practice saying some dates:
|le 4 avril April 4||le premier juillet July 1
|le 23 mai May 23||le 28 mars march 28|
|le 25 juin June 25||le 2 août August 2|
|le premier november November 1||le 15 octobre October 15|
|le 10 octobre October 10||le 6 september September 6|
|le 17 octobre October 17||le 25 août August 25|
|le 22 février February 22||le 17 janvier January 17|
|le 13 avril April 13||le 6 février February 6|
Writing the Date in French
Writing the date out in French is different to the North American system. In French, you must reverse the month and day. This can be a bit confusing at first for Americans but should not cause any confusion for people from the UK as they use the same system. Here are some useful examples:
le 5 juin 2012 5/6/2012
June 5, 2012 6/5/2012
le 25 décembre 2012 25/12/2012
December 25, 2012 12/25/2012
le 3 november 2012 11/03/2012
November 3, 2012 03/11/2012