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How to say the months and dates? What’s today’s date? Do you know how to say the date in Japanese? By the end of this lesson, you will. To say the month in Japanese, you just add がつ (gatsu) to the numbers. いちがつ。にがつ。さんがつ。しがつ。ごがつ。ろくがつ。しちがつ。はちがつ。くがつ。じゅうがつ。じゅういちがつ。じゅうにがつ。 (ichi-gatsu. ni-gatsu. san-gatsu. shi-gatsu. go-gatsu. roku-gatsu. shichi-gatsu. hachi-gatsu. ku-gatsu. jū-gatsu. jū ichi-gatsu. jū ni-gatsu.) Pretty easy, isn’t it but please be careful about 四月 (shi-gatsu) and 九月 (ku-gatsu) . Don’t say よんがつ (yon-gatsu) or きゅうがつ (kyū-gatsu) . Now let’s move on to days of the month. Days 1 through 10 have special names that don’t follow a pattern. You must memorize them. So let’s practice. ついたち。ふつか。みっか。よっか。いつか。むいか。なのか。ようか。ここのか。とおか。 (tsuitachi. futsuka. mikka. yokka. itsuka. muika. nanoka. youka. kokonoka. tooka.) ついたち (tsuitachi) has a special pronunciation but did you notice the pattern after ふつか? (futsuka?) ふつか。 (futsuka.) いつか。 (itsuka.) なのか。 (nanoka.) these end with か (ka) which is one of the 音読み (onyomi) readings of this kanji. After the first ten days, there is a pattern that’s easier to follow. It’s just number plus にち。 (nichi.) じゅういちにち。 (jū ichi-nichi.) にじゅうごにち。 (ni-jū go-nichi.) さんじゅうにち。 (san-jū nichi.) However 14th, 20th and 24th are the exceptions to the pattern. じゅうよっか。 (jū yokka.) はつか。 (hatsuka.) にじゅうよっか。 (ni-jū yokka.) So now let’s take a look at how to say months and day together in Japanese. いちがつついたち。 (ichi-gatsu tsuitachi.) In Japanese, note that a month always comes before the day. Okay now let’s practice. Look at the calendar and say what day it is in Japanese. いちがつじゅうごにち。 (ichi-gatsu jū go-nichi.) さんがつはつか。 (san-gatsu hatsuka.) ごがつみっか。 (go-gatsu mikka.) Now I have homework for you. One is your birthday. Leave us a comment and let us know your birthday in Japanese. See you next time.

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みなさん、

Let’s practice saying the months and dates. Please tell us your birthday! ❤️️

Tatiana
August 20th, 2017 at 9:02 am
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誕生日は六月二日です~

Isabel
August 18th, 2017 at 6:07 am
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こんにちは、私のたんじょうびは10月11日です。25さいです。
ありがとうございます!

I just learned so many counters I can actually feel my brain working! I’ll definitely need to review those a lot in the near future, but I thought some jp101 before going to sleep might help some more information settle rather than disappear over night.

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August 17th, 2017 at 3:26 pm
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>Hi Shane Nobriga,
Thank you for your comment!

That’s right!
Jū-gatsu mi-kka means October 3rd👍

>Hi Logan Schmidt,
Thank you for your comment!

That’s almost perfect.
December 28th is じゅうにがつにじゅうはちにち(jū-ni-gatsu ni-jū-hachi-nichi)👍

Keep studying with JapanesePod101.com
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Miki(美希)
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August 13th, 2017 at 9:06 am
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My birthday is December 28th. 😎
I think that’s….
じゅにがつ にじゅはち にち 😳
ju-ni gatsu ni-ju-hachi nichi 😳

Shane Nobriga
August 7th, 2017 at 7:10 am
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Ju-gatsu mikka

August 4th, 2017 at 1:27 pm
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Hi Thiago,

Thank you for your comment! To write ‘Roku-gatsu yokka’ in Japanese characters would be:

‘6月四日’ or ‘ろくがつよっか’. We hope this helps.

We wish you the best of luck with your further studies.
Piers
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July 26th, 2017 at 2:48 pm
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Shiori sann,

Konnichiwa.
Both are ok.
That is tomorrow.
Omedetou gozaimasu. Happy birthday.
😄
Yuki 由紀
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Shiori
July 21st, 2017 at 10:33 pm
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shichigatsu nijuushichinichi ? or nijuunananichi?

July 21st, 2017 at 2:01 pm
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> Federico さん、
こんにちは!
Very well done!!
So…Federico さんの誕生日は先月だったんですね。
(= Your birthday was last month.)
By the way, please note that the word ‘minna’ is supposed to be みんな in hiragana.
(I believe it was a typo…it happens…! 😉)

> Leo さん、
こんにちは!
九月 三十日ですか。Any party planned already?😁

> Alex さん、
こんにちは!
納税期日!😆😅😆😅👍
I love your sense of humour!!!

Natsuko (奈津子),
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July 20th, 2017 at 10:03 pm
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Hi Miguel,

Thank you for your comment!

Your sentence states:‘the 6th of August’If you wanted to write this in Kanji, it would be「八月六日」.

We wish you the best of luck with your further studies.

Piers
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