How To Read, Write and Say The Date In French
In French, the format for writing the date is: Day of the week + Number + Month + Year. For example, write le lundi 25 décembre (2023), le 25 décembre or 25/12/23 to express what would be 12/25/23 in the American format. This post covers how to say, read and write the date in French in detail.
In order to say the date in French it is necessary to know the numbers through thirty. Here you can visit our French numbers page.
Days of the week
In order to say the date correctly it is necessary to learn the days of the week and months of the year. First let’s look at the days of the week (les jours de la semaine).
The days are very simple and quite straightforward and the pronunciation is not very difficult. Note that in French the days of the week are written in the lower case and not capitalized like in English.
Review the days of the week with Alexa’s Youtube video:
Months of the year
Generally, the months are quite easy to pronounce with the exceptions of June (juin) and July (juillet).
Please also note that French write the months in the lower case. Thus, those aren’t mistakes on the following table!
Alexa on YouTube does a nice job teaching the months of the year:
How to talk about the date in French
How to ask the date
To ask somebody the date, ask:
- Quelle est la date aujourd’hui? What the date today?
How to say the date
There are several ways to say the date. 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:
Practice saying some dates in French:
|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|
How to incorporate days of the week into the date
In order to include the day of the week with the date using the following format:
- Nous sommes/c’est le + day of the week + le + number + month
Here are some examples:
- Nous sommes mardi, le 4 octobre. It’s Tuesday, Oct. 4.
- C’est samedi, le 15 mai. It’s Saturday, May 15.
How to write 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 or 5/6/2012 June 5, 2012 or 6/5/2012
- le 25 décembre 2012 or 25/12/2012 December 25, 2012 or 12/15/2012
- le 3 november 2012 or 11/03/2012 November 3, 2021 or 3/11/21
Review how to say the date in French:
- Writing the date in French (FrenchToday)
- How to write the date in French (Babble)
- Comment écrire la date en français (French Explanation)