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How To Read, Write and Say The Date In French: Correct Format

How To Read, Write and Say The Date In French: Correct Format

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.

Dates in French

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.

ENGLISHFRENCHPRONUNCIATION
Mondaylundilandee
Tuesdaymardimahrdee
Wednesdaymercredimehrkredee
Thursdayjeudizhurdee
Fridayvendredivahngdrerdee
Saturdaysamedisahmdee
Sundaydimanchedeemahngsh

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!

ENGLISHFRENCHPRONUNCIATIONSOUNDS LIKE
Januaryjanvierʒɑ̃vjezhahnvyay
Februaryfévrier fevʀijefayvreeyay
Marchmarsmaʀsmahrs
Aprilavrilavʀilahvreel
Maymaimay
Junejuinʒɥɛ̃zhwang
Julyjuilletʒɥijɛzhweeyah
Augustaoût u(t)oot
Septembreseptembresɛptɑ̃bʀsehptahngbr
Octoberoctobreɔktɔbʀnovahngbr
Novembernovembrenɔvɑ̃bʀnovahngbr
Decembredécembre desɑ̃bʀdayssahngbr

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:

How to say the date

There are several ways to say the date. The easiest way is to use this form:

C’est + le + number + month

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:

So, Nous sommes le 5 avrilliterally means, “We are April 5” and On est le 15 november means “One is November 15”.

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 25le 2 août August 2
le premier november November 1le 15 octobre October 15
le 10 octobre October 10le 6 september September 6
le 17 octobre October 17le 25 août August 25
le 22 février February 22le 17 janvier January 17
le 13 avril April 13le 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:

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David Issokson is a lifelong language learner and speaks over seven languages. Of all the languages he speaks, he's the most passionate about French! David has helped hundreds of students to improve their French in his private lessons. When not teaching or writing his French Word of the Day lessons, David enjoys his time skiing, hiking and mountain biking in Victor, Idaho.

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David Issokson is a lifelong language learner and speaks over seven languages. Of all the languages he speaks, he's the most passionate about French! David has helped hundreds of students to improve their French in his private lessons. When not teaching or writing his French Word of the Day lessons, David enjoys his time skiing, hiking and mountain biking in Victor, Idaho.

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