Saying the date in Spanish

Here are the names of the months in Spanish:
enero [January]
febrero [February]
marzo [March]
abril [April]
mayo [May]
junio [June]
julio [July]
agosto [August]
septiembre [September]
octubre [October]
noviembre [November]
diciembre [December]

Here are the days of the week in Spanish [note that the week starts with Monday, rather than Sunday, in Spanish calendars]:
lunes [Monday]
martes [Tuesday]
miercoles [Wednesday]
jueves [Thursday]
viernes [Friday]
sábado [Saturday]
domingo [Sunday]

Notice that names of months and days are not capitalized in Spanish. All days and months are masculine, though articles are rarely used with the names of months.

When saying or writing the date in Spanish, you will typically follow this format:

[day of the week], [date] de [month] de [year]

Examples:
lunes, 7 de julio de 2014
sábado, 3 de septiembre de 1982

Don't make the mistake of directly translating from English and using the cardinal numbers to say the date (i.e., the third of April). Spanish does not do this - except for the first of the month. Then, it is correct to say primero.
Example:
jueves, primero de enero de 2000
Because this date structure puts the date before the month, abbreviated dates follow this format: DD/MM/YYYY. So, November 10, 2010 (10 de noviembre de 2010) would be written 10/11/2010. This can be confusing if you are mixing between speakers of American English and Spanish, so it is often best to write it out, or to write an abbreviation for the month to be clear (i.e. 10/nov/2010).

Years are spoken as normal numbers in Spanish. The English convention of saying the first two digits followed by the last two digits is not followed. So, 2014 is dos mil catorce and 1999 is mil novecientos noventa y nueve.

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