Spanish Lesson 8: Asking and Giving the Date

Hola

Bienvenidos a la clase de español.

Today we’re going to build on what we covered in Lesson 7.  I hope you’ve been practicing your numbers and how to say the days of the week and months of the year in Spanish.

In today’s class you’re going to learn how to:

  • Ask what day it is
  • Ask what’s the date
  • Answer the above questions

 

 

¿ Cuál es la fecha?

 

What’s the date? ¿Cuál es la fecha?
What’s the date? ¿A cuánto estamos hoy?
What is the date today? ¿Cuál es la fecha de hoy?
Date Fecha
Today Hoy
Which/ what Cuál

 

Use the following construction to respond:

It is… Es el…
Today is… Hoy es el…
It is June 3rd Es el tres de junio
Today is June 3rd Hoy es el tres de junio
June 3rd El tres de junio

 

To ask “What day (of the week) is it?” say ¿Qué día es hoy?

To answer, simply use (Hoy) es + the day of the week.

Hoy es sábado – Today is Saturday

Es jueves – It is Thursday

 

This Señor Jordan video revises the days of the week, goes over some of the above and teaches you how to say a few extra things.

 

Writing the Date

When writing dates in Spanish use the following construction:

el + number (date) + de + month

e.g.

June 4th El cuatro de junio
10th of June El diez de junio
May 15, 2012 El quince de mayo, 2012
20-05-2012 El veinte de mayo, 2012

Please note that the month is written with a common letter and not a capital letter as in English.

When writing dates in Spanish the cardinal numbers are used.  Examples of cardinal numbers are one, two, three… ten, eleven… twenty, twenty one, twenty two etc.

Do NOT use ordinal numbers.  Examples of ordinal numbers are second, third… tenth, eleventh… twentieth, twenty second etc.

One exception to this rule is the first of the month.  You can say “Hoy es el primero de marzo.” (Today is the first of March).

 

Special Occasions 

Holidays – Días de Feria

 

¿Cuándo es la Navidad? (When is Christmas Day?)

El día de la Navidad es el veinticinco de diciembre.  (Christmas Day is December 25)

 

¿Cuándo es el día de San Valentín? (When is Valentine’s Day?)

El día de San Valentín es el catorce de febrero.  (Valentine’s Day is February 14)

 

¿Cuándo es el año nuevo? (When is New Year’s Day?)

El día del año nuevo es el primero de enero.  (Christmas Day is December 25)

 

Word Search Exercise

Here’s a fun test for you.  There are 10 dates hidden in the grid.  Can you find them?  See how quickly you can find all ten.  Be sure to write the full date out so you get the practice of writing the dates correctly.

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Now that you’ve mastered dates, we can move on to birthdays!

Next lesson: How old are you?

 

 

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