Yes! You find it, with our Months of the year in Spanish Guide you won’t forget them anymore. Let’s begin the Method of Madness.
METHOD TO THE MADNESS: I once read a book that said, if you want something to stick in your memory then make it as outlandish as possible. Then make it as vivid, in your mind, as you can. The more peculiar, the likelier you are to remember. With that being said, enjoy memorizing these new Spanish words with the help of some outlandish reminders ::EVIL LAUGH:: Mwajajaja
As mad as it sounds, you have two options. You can repeat these strange descriptions over to yourself until you have the word memorized. OR you can make up your own ridiculous but memorable reminders. Both choices should take you the same amount of time.
MONTHS OF THE YEAR IN SPANISH
Make a note of the ‘EL’, it shows up from time to time. I will highlight when you may ignore it. But you will notice them appear in regards to “Dates SPECIFICALLY marking the events”
When I say “Dates SPECIFICALLY marking events” – I mean dates with the DAY * MONTH COMBO. E.G July 4 = EL 4 DE JULIO. You don’t have to guess when in July, We are talking specifically about the 4th. No confusion, EL.
How to use Months of the Year in Spanish Conversation
July 4, 2017 – EL 4 (CUATRO) DE JULIO DE 2017 (DOS MIL DIECISIETE)
OCTOBER 10 is a special day for him, it is his birthday – EL 10 (DIEZ) DE OCTUBRE es un día especial para él, es su cumpleaños
PRESENT: Today is January 15, 2000 – Hoy es 15 DE ENERO DE 2000
(If you want to state TODAY’S date, you don’t have to say EL.)
FUTURE: He will arrive ON March 16, 2018 – Llegará EL 16 DE MARZO DE 2018 (Dates SPECIFICALLY marking events that have already happened don’t require the preposition ‘ON’ to be represented in Spanish)
PAST: The contract was signed ON January 1st, 2000 – El contrato fue firmado EL 1 DE ENERO DE 2000 (Dates SPECIFICALLY marking events that have already happened don’t require the preposition ‘ON’ to be represented in Spanish. You just cut to the chase, skip the small stalk. It happened already.)
He will arrive IN March – El llagará EN Marzo (We are not being specific here, we are not sure exactly when he will arrive, but we know it will be sometime IN (EN) March. Therefore, it is important to state the EN when you are speaking Spanish. You are just too general, EN is your way of estimating)
She has been working on her project SINCE the 3rd of May – Ella ha estado trabajando en su proyecto DESDE el 3 de mayo
I loved the summer, I had a great July – Me encantó el verano, tuve un gran julio.
Keys: Did you notice that the first letter of every month do NOT have to be capitalized like they are in English?
More importantly, did you pick up on the pattern?
In Spanish you follow: THE NUMBER OF THE DAY + OF THE MONTH + OF THE YEAR
JULY 4, 2017 becomes EL 4 + DE JULIO + DE 2000
SUPERKEY: DAY – MONTH – YEAR. THE (EL) number of the day, pertaining to (DE) a specific month, pertaining to (DE) an exact year. (EL – DE – DE is how you say a date!)
P.S I HAVE GREAT NEWS. THE MONTHS OF THE YEAR SOUND VERY SIMILAR IN BOTH ENGLISH AND SPANISH!
JANUARY – DECEMBER
ENERO = JANUARY
How to remember ENERO:
It would make all the sense in the world that the opening of all nears would start at the gate. The Latin god of doorways or passage is named IĀNUS. Being a Latin language, it would make sense that the Spani would for the derivative ENERO, from IĀNUS.
The Roman name for the same god would be JANus. Hence our JANuary.
JOG THE MEMORY: Don’t panic if you start the year with just AN EURO (ENERO), it is still only JANUARY.
FEBRERO = FEBRUARY
How to remember FEBRERO:
After walking through the gates of the year, you need to PURIFY (the latin term for purify is FEBRĀRIUS) yourself of the mistakes from the last year. FEBRERO is the month of PURIFICATION.
JOG THE MEMORY: The best Valentine’s day gift is a Ferrero Roche in FEBRUARY. They should be called FEBRERO Roche.
MARZO = MARCH
How to remember MARZO:
Just like MARTES (Tuesday in English), MARZO is dedicated to the god of war MARS. The Latin word, MĀRTIUS, means pertaining to the god of war/ month of March.
JOG THE MEMORY: MARCH isn’t too far off from MARZO, hopefully, the word sticks to your memory on its own.
ABRIL = APRIL
How to remember ABRIL:
At times this month is attributed to the goddess of love, APHRODITE, but I have my doubts. I think it would be much safer and easier to simply remember that APRIL is ABRIL in Spanish, just one letter to change.
JOG THE MEMORY: I love the spring, APRIL is A BRILliant month.
MAYO = MAY
How to remember MAYO:
This month is dedicated to MAIA (Of the Latin, MĀIUS), attributed to nurturing and growth.
MAIA becomes MAYO.
JOG THE MEMORY: Most people think they can speak Spanish if the add an -O to the end of a word. It actually works for the month of MAY (MAYO) until the month of AUGUST (AUGUSTO)
JUNIO = JUNE
How to remember JUNIO:
This month is dedicated to JUNO (Of the Latin, IŪNŌ), the Roman goddess of the state.
JUNO becomes JUNIO.
JOG THE MEMORY: It worked in MAYO. Add an -O to the end of JUNE and you get JUNE-O (JUNIO)
JULIO = JULY
How to remember JULIO:
This month is dedicated to Julius Caesar (Of the Latin, IŪLIUS), the Roman General typically credited with making the Roman Republic into a dominating empire.
JULIUS becomes JULIO.
JOG THE MEMORY: It worked in JUNIO. Add an -O to the end of JULY and you get JULI-O (JULIO)
AGOSTO = AUGUST
How to remember AGOSTO:
This month is dedicated to Augustus Ceasar (Of the Latin, AUGUSTUS), the first emperor of the Roman empire after the death of Julius Caesar.
AUGUSTUS becomes AGOSTO.
JOG THE MEMORY: It worked in JULIO. Add an -O to the end of AUGUST and you get AUGUST-O (AGOSTO). For the rest of the year, you barely need to do any work to translate the month.
SEPTIEMBRE = SEPTEMBER
How to remember SEPTIEMBRE:
In the Ancient Roman Calendar, there were ten months. We still call the months of September – December by their numerical equivalent from when we were two months short.
The Latin word for the number SEVEN is SEPTEM.
The number SEVEN in Spanish is SIETE. You almost want to say SIETI-EMBRE but we pay respect to the Latin number 7, SEPTEM. (SEPTIEMBRE)
SIETE as a latin month becomes SEPTI – EMBRE.
JOG THE MEMORY: Wouldn’t it be easier to learn Spanish if you could learn a new word by flipping the last two letters. For example, SEPT-EMBER would become SEPT-EMBRE (SEPTIEMBRE ← The actual month in Spanish)
OCTUBRE = OCTOBER
How to remember OCTUBRE:
The month OCTOBER (OCTUBRE) keeps with the Ancient Roman Calendar of ten months. October was the eighth month. And the Latin word for the number EIGHT is OCTO.
The number EIGHT in Spanish is OCHO. You almost want to say OCHO-BRE but we pay respect to the Latin prefix for the number 8, OCTO. (OCTUBRE)
OCHO as a latin month becomes OCTU – BRE
JOG THE MEMORY: If the flip worked in SEPTEMBER, OCTO-BER would become OCTO-BRE (OCTUBRE ← The actual month in Spanish)
NOVIEMBRE = NOVEMBER
How to remember NOVIEMBRE:
The month NOVEMBER (NOVIEMBRE) keeps with the Ancient Roman Calendar of ten months. November was the ninth month. And the Latin word for the number NINE is NOVEM.
The number NINE in Spanish is NUEVE. You almost want to say NUEVE-EMBRE but we pay respect to the Latin number 9, NOVEM. (NOVIEMBRE)
NUEVE as a Latin month becomes NOVI – EMBRE.
JOG THE MEMORY: If the flip worked in OCTOBER, NOV-EMBER would become NOV-EMBRE (NOVIEMBRE ← The actual month in Spanish)
DICIEMBRE = DECEMBER
How to remember DICIEMBRE:
The month DECEMBER (DICIEMBRE) keeps with the Ancient Roman Calendar of ten months. December was the tenth month. And the Latin word for the number TEN is DECEM.
The number TEN in Spanish is DIEZ. You almost want to say DIEZ-EMBRE but we pay respect to the Latin number 10, DECEM. (DICIEMBRE)
DIEZ as a latin month becomes DECI – EMBRE.
JOG THE MEMORY: If the flip worked in NOVEMBER, DEC-EMBER would become DEC-EMBRE (DICIEMBRE ← The actual month in Spanish)
AÑO BISIESTO = LEAP YEAR
How to remember AÑO BISIESTO:
YEAR = AÑO
With the Extra day in a LEAP YEAR, I can enjoy MY SIESTA (BISIESTO) a bit longer in February.