El Calendario Vocabulary

Days of the Week
The Spanish calendar starts the week on a Monday (lunes).

Sample Calendar Showing Days of the Week
lunes
Monday
martes
Tuesday
miércoles
Wednesday
jueves
Thursday
viernes
Friday
sábado
Saturday
domingo
Sunday
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  2
 
  3
 
  4
 
  5
 
  6
 
  7
 

Months of the Year
enero - January julio - July
febrero - February agosto - August
marzo - March septiembre - September
abril - April octubre - October
mayo - May noviembre - November
junio - June diciembre - December

Other Calendar Vocabulary and Phrases
el año - year ayer - yesterday
el calendario - calendar el cumpleaños - birthday
el día - day el día de fiesta - holiday
hoy - today mañana - tomorrow
el mes - month la semana - week

Frases
¿Cuál es la fecha de hoy? - What is today's date?
Hoy es el (primero) de (septiembre). - Today is the (first) of (September).
Hoy es el (dos) de (septiembre). - Today is the (second) of (September).

¿Cuándo es tu cumpleaños? - When is your birthday? (informal)
Mi cumpleaños es el (día) de (mes) del (año). - My birthday is the (day) of (month) of the (year).

¿Qué día es hoy? - What is today?
Hoy es lunes. - Today is Monday.

Notes
The names of the days of the week and months of the year are not capitalized.
Use the ordinal number (first) for the first day of the month. Use the cardinal number (two) for days after the first.
Some Spanish-speaking people have this saying: "De hoy en ocho días." (From today in eight days.) to indicate the same day the next week.

Questions
Why do some calendars capitalize the first letter of the days of the week and months of the year?
    One reason is because they appeal to people whose language requires the captilization of proper nouns. Another reason is because some people prefer it that way.

Where can I find a sample calendar?
    There is a sample pdf calendar here.
The pdf calendar may be reproduced freely for educational purposes (not for commercial purposes) as long as the copyright information remains intact.

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