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📆 The 12 Months of the Year in French

Salut! everyone, 🇫🇷

In today's lesson, we will learn the 12 months of the year in French (les 12 mois de l'année).

As you master this essential French vocabulary, you might also be interested in expanding your knowledge with other related topics. Feel free to explore our lessons on French words for trees (les arbres), common French flower names, and French terms for music and entertainment. Bonne chance et amusez-vous bien!

Les 12 mois (12 months)

Listen to this recording to hear the pronunciation by a native speaker:

French English IPA pronunciation
janvier January /ʒɑ̃vje/
février February /fevʀije/
mars March /maʀs/
avril April /avʀil/
mai May /mɛ/
juin June /ʒɥɛ̃/
juillet July /ʒɥijɛ/
août August /u(t)/
septembre September /sɛptɑ̃bʀ/
octobre October /ɔktɔbʀ/
novembre November /nɔvɑ̃bʀ/
décembre December /desɑ̃bʀ/


1 Saying for each Month

To fully master a language, you also need to know its culture and, in particular, its sayings! French farmers used sayings to "predict the weather" and adapt the periods of sowing and harvesting. Indeed, in the absence of the meteorological service, they had to find a way! This is how French peasants have built up knowledge over the centuries based on their experience, which has been transmitted by word of mouth. Be careful, the sayings are not to be taken literally, even if some of them have a part of truth. In addition, each region has its sayings because, even if France is a small country in terms of area, the climatic conditions vary a lot. We have selected for you 1 saying of each month, I hope you will enjoy the poetry of the language!


« Sécheresse de janvier, richesse de fermier.»

January drought, farmer's wealth.


« Pluie de février, emplit les greniers. »

February rain, fills the attics.


« Brouillard en mars, gelée en mai. »

Fog in March, frost in May.


« En avril, ne te découvre pas d'un fil. »

In April, don't uncover yourself with a thread.


« En mai, fais ce qu'il te plaît. »

In May, do what you like.


« Juin froid et pluvieux, tout l'an sera grincheux. »

Cold and rainy June, the whole year will be grumpy.


« Si le début de juillet est pluvieux, le restant du mois sera douteux. »

If the beginning of July is rainy, the rest of the month will be doubtful.


« Quand août est bon, abondance à la maison. »

When August is good, abundance at home.


« Septembre nous produit, le plus délectable des fruits. »

September produces the most delectable fruit for us.


« Si octobre est chaud, février sera froid. »

If October is hot, February will be cold.


« Si novembre tonne, l'année suivante sera bonne. »

If November thunders, the following year will be good.


« Froid et neige en décembre, du blé à revendre. »

Cold and snowy in December, wheat to spare.

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