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Writing and saying dates in spanish – la fecha
Whether you're learning Spanish for fun, for work, or for some other reason, chances are sooner or later you'll find yourself in a situation where you need to say or understand a date. It could happen while you're writing an for work or while you're planning a trip.
Whatever the situation, you are going to want to make sure you get it right, so it's time to review the basics and avoid any possible misunderstandings. Before getting into the structure of Spanish dates, there is some vocabulary you'll need to review, and going over the days of the week is a good place to start:.
All the days in Spanish are masculine so, when necessary, pair them with "el". For example, if you want to tell your friend you will see her on Sunday, you should say:.
Keep in mind that neither days nor months are capitalized in Spanish unless starting a sentence or in other appropriate circumstances. But what about writing dates in long form?
Fortunately, this isn't too complicated. Spanish uses the preposition "de" between the day and the month and "del" a combination of "de" and the article "el" to the month and the year. If you want to mention the day of the week, you simply write it before the date.
Take a look at some examples:. Notice how the last date uses "de" instead of "del" before the year.
This is because, with dates prior to the year"de" is often preferred. Saying the date in Spanish is not much different from writing it.
Frequently asked questions
Once again, you will use "de" and "del" before the month and the year, but this time you will need to know how to read the s. Unlike English, Spanish uses cardinal s like one, two or three instead of ordinal s like fourth, fifth or sixth for every day of the month except the first.
So, if you can count to 31, you can already say almost every date! You will also need to know some bigger s if you want to say the year. The following list covers the next decade:.
Combine the days, months and years with the following formula and you'll be able to say any date:. Of course, you'll rarely say these dates on their own, so let's finish off by taking a look at some useful expressions you may use while discussing dates:.
What are some important dates in your life? Practice saying them in Spanish and you should master Spanish dates in no time!
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All rights reserved. Enero - January. Writing the Date in Spanish Once you know the basics, you can start putting things together for complete dates.
Take a look at some examples: Martes 4 de julio del Tuesday, July 4, Lunes 25 de diciembre del Monday, December 25, 22 de febrero de February 22, Notice how the last date uses "de" instead of "del" before the year. Saying the Date in Spanish Saying the date in Spanish is not much different from writing it. Some More Useful Expressions Of course, you'll rarely say these dates on their own, so let's finish off by taking a look at some useful expressions you may use while discussing dates: Hoy es Today is When is My birthday is on Lo necesito antes del I need this before