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In this lesson you will learn about Months.


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January - Janvier.

Basic - Months of The Year

This section will teach you how to say the months of the year in French.

Many of the French months of the year are similar to English. Note that French speakers tend not to use capitals for names of months, unlike English, where it's usual to capitalize them.

January – janvier (zhah(n)-vyay). The name comes from the Latin januarius named in honor of Janus, the Roman god of beginnings and transitions.

February - février (fay-vree-yay). The name February comes from the Latin name februarius, itself derived from the verb meaning "purify". The ritual of Februa was held on the 15th day of februarius in the old Roman calendar.

March - (mars (mahrs). In Roman calendar March was the first of the year for the arrival of spring, and the beginning of the period of the war. His name comes by the Romans in honor of the god Mars, god of war. At March 20 is UN French Language Day.

April - avril (ah-vreel). The Romans gave this month the Latin name Aprilis but the derivation of this name is uncertain. The traditional etymology is from the verb aperire, "to open," in allusion to its being the season when trees and flowers begin to "open".

May mai - (meh). Its name comes from the Latin maius and was given by the Romans in honor of the goddess Maia. The last Sunday in May is Mother's Day in France.

June - juin (zhwa(n)). The name June comes from the Latin Junius, given, according to Ovid, in honor of the Roman goddess Juno. In Catholic religion, the month of June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart.

July – juillet (zhwee-eh). The etymology of the name "July" is due to Julius Caesar, who was born on the 13th of the month Quinctilis later called Iulius. In France July, 14th is holiday (commemoration of the Feast of the Federation in 1789).

August – août (oot). Its name comes from the Latin Augustus, the name given to this month in honor of the Roman Emperor Augustus in 8 BC. In Catholic religion, August is the month of the Immaculate heart of Mary, which is intimately united to the Sacred Heart of Christ present in Eucharist.

September – septembre (sehp-tah(n)br). In France and Quebec, September is traditionally the first month of the school year after the annual summer holidays. It is also, for France, the month of the second session of final examinations for the students.

October – octobre (ohk-tohbr). Its name comes from the Latin october (from octo, eight) because he was the eighth month of the old Roman calendar. In Catholic religion, the month of October is dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary and guardian angels.

November – novembre (noh-vah(n)br). Remembrance Day is celebrated on November 11 in the France to commemorate World War I and other wars. Also, in November is a “Day of the Dead”: the Roman Catholic Church commemorates the faithful departed on November, 2nd.

December - décembre (day-sah(n)br). Its name comes from Latin december (from decem ten) because he was the tenth month of the old Roman calendar.

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