For a person who learns English as a second language, learning the months vocabulary is always a struggle: the words are long and it takes an effort to learn all the correct spellings. On contrary, learning the month words in Chinese for is actually the easy part.
Months in Chinese
As soon as a person learns about the basic numbers in Chinese, it is time to introduce the concept of 12 months. Month in Chinese is 月（yuè, meaning “moon”,”month”). To name each month of year is very logical in Chinese: the year starts with the 1st month and continues till the 12th month. By simply adding numbers 1-12 in front of 月, we have the names of the months in Chinese.
The structure is number + 月 (month).
In detail, the 12 months are
一月 yī yuè January
二月 èr yuè February
三月 sān yuè March
四月 sì yuè April
五月 wǔ yuè May
六月 liù yuè June
七月 qī yuè July
八月 bā yuè August
九月 jiǔ yuè September
十月 shí yuè October
十一月 shí yī yuè November
十二月 shí èr yuè December
Weekdays in Chinese
Weekdays in Chinese follow the similar pattern: we add 星期 (week) in front of numbers and we get the names for the weekdays. The only exception is Sunday. Instead of 星期七，it is 星期天 or 星期日 in Chinese.
The structure is 星期 (week) + number.
Months and Weekdays in Chinese
Now let’s put months and weekdays together. Here are some examples:
- 今天是二月23号， 星期四。It is Feb 23, Thursday.
- 八月是我最喜欢的月份，我最喜欢星期五。August is my favorite month and I like Fridays the most.
Isn’t it easy? Below are some resources you’ll find useful to further learn months and weekdays:
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