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Vocabulary - The Months of the Year

This Spanish Easy Review vocabulary quiz will help you to review the months of the year. Like the days of the week, in Spanish, unlike in English, the months of the year are generally written in lower case letters, i.e. they are not capitalized unless they are being used as the beginning word of a sentence or they are being used as a proper name. It is one of the biggest differences between written English and written Spanish. As you will note from the list below, the Spanish months are very similar to the English months which makes it pretty easy and fun. Still, it is important to take the time to memorize how each word is pronounced, as well as how each word is written. So now let’s look at the months of the year.

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English Spanish Pronounced (Phonetically) As:
January enero ĕ-nare-rō
February febrero fĕb-brair-rō
March marzo mar-zō
April abril ă-brĭl
May mayo māy-ō
June junio oo-nē-ō
July julio who-lē-ō
August agosto ă-gŏs-tō
September septiembre sep-tē-ĕm-brāy
October octubre oc-tube-brāy
November noviembre nō-vē-ĕm-brāy
December diciembre dē-see-ĕm-brāy

One of the best things about the months of the year is that none of the Spanish months include any accent marks or tildes so that makes life a little easier! Again, the only thing to remember is that the months are generally not capitalized.

Now let’s look at the following ten quiz sentences. For each sentence, see if you can determine which Spanish month should be used.

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  1. Labor Day is celebrated during this month.
    Labor Day is celebrated in September. The Spanish word for September is septiembre.
  2. More weddings take place during this month of the year than any other month.
    More weddings take place during the month of June than any other month. The Spanish word for June is junio.
  3. This is the month when Valentine Day cards are exchanged.
    The month of the year when Valentine Day cards are exchanged is February. The Spanish word for February is febrero.
  4. This is the month of the year when children get dressed up in costumes and then go door to door looking for tricks and treats!
    The month of the year when children get dressed up in costumes and then go door to door looking for tricks and treats is October. The Spanish word for October is octubre.
  5. The United States celebrates its birthday during this month.
    The United States celebrates its birthday on the 4th of July. The Spanish word for July is julio.
  6. We celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. during this month.
    We celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. during the month of January. The Spanish word for January is enero.
  7. Do you like to play tricks on people on this fool’s day during this month?
    People like to play tricks on each other during April Fool’s Day. The Spanish word for April is abril.
  8. We like to sit down with family and give thanks during this month.
    We like to sit down with family and give thanks on Thanksgiving Day in the month of November. The Spanish word for November is noviembre.
  9. If you are really good, Santa Claus will bring you something during this month.
    If you are really good, Santa Claus will bring you something on Christmas Day during the month of December. The Spanish word for December is diciembre.
  10. We celebrate Memorial Day during this month.
    We celebrate Memorial Day during the month of May. The Spanish word for May is mayo.

Author: Christine G. Broome

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