JAPANESE LESSON

Japanese Lesson 11: How to Say Months

めい may

Hi I’m Ojachan 🙂 Today’s lesson is; How to Say Month in Japanese

I was a cram school teacher in Japan. I taught Japanese from elementary to junior high school students. Don’t you want to know how to learn Japanese like Japanese kids? I’ll teach you how to start from beginner’s level Japanese.

Let’s get started!

Today’s lesson is; How to Say Months in Japanese

Key Phrases

I’ll teach you with “ていねい語 teinei-go Polite expression ” 🙂

あなたは 何月 生まれ ですか?
あなたは なんがつ うまれ ですか?
Anata wa nangatsu umare desuka?
What month were you born in?
わたしは 4月 生まれ です。
わたしは しがつ うまれ です。
watashi wa shigatsu umare desu.
I was born in April.

Expressions

日本語ふりがなPronunciationEnglish
一月いちがつichi-gatsuJanuary
二月にがつni-gatsuFebruary
三月さんがつsan-gatsuMarch
四月しがつshi-gatsuApril
五月ごがつgo-gatsuMay
六月ろくがつroku-gatsuJune
七月しちがつshichi-gatsuJuly
八月はちがつhachi-gatsuAugust
九月くがつku-gatsuSeptember
十月じゅうがつjyuu-gatsuOctober
十一月じゅういちがつjyuuichi-gatsuNovember
十二月じゅうにがつjyuuni-gatsuDecember

Do you know 和風月名?

If you are an advanced level of Japanese, you can learn Japanese style months which are called “和風月名 wafuugetsumei“.

We often use the name. Especially formal expressions, in letters, newspapers, calendars, or old kinds of literature.

日本語ふりがなPronunciationEnglish
睦月むつきmutsukiJanuary
如月きさらぎkisaragiFebruary
弥生やよいyayoiMarch
卯月うづきuzukiApril
皐月さつきsatsukiMay
水無月みなづきminazukiJune
文月ふみづきfumizukiJuly
葉月はづきhazukiAugust
長月ながつきnagatsukiSeptember
神無月かんなづきkannazukiOctober
霜月しもつきshimotsukiNovember
師走しわすshiwasuDecember

And it is sometimes used as the first name originated in their birth month.

For example, in “Neighbor Totoro”, the names of the sisters are “Mei” and “Satsuki”.

Both names come from “5月”, May and 皐月. I found that lately, and I became really happy! Lol

Let’s Practice

Your Homework

✏️Answer these questions in Japanese and comment to the below.

Tell me your favorite month in Japanese.

Okay, that’s all for today!

Good luck with your Japanese study 😉

P.S. My English skill is not enough yet. Please correct me with DM from CONTACT if my English is wrong. Thank you for your cooperation!

Next Lesson is;

Japanese Lesson 12: How to Say the Date in Japanese

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Japanese Lesson 10: How to Respond in Conversation

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