How To Say, Read and Write Dates in French

In this lesson you will learn how to ask and tell the date in French. First it might be a good idea to first review my previous lessons on French numbers and the months in French.

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How to ask the date

How to say the date

There are several ways to answer the question. 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 avril” literally means, “We are April 5” and “On est le 15 november” means “One is November 15”.

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 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 write the date

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

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