What day is today? I’ll tell you! Today is the day you will learn how to talk about dates in Portuguese!
- Differently from English, we do not start the days of the week and the months of the year with a capital letter;
I.e.: Nos vemos no domingo então?
Meu aniversário é em janeiro.
- We say the day first, then the month, then the year;
- Sunday is the first day of the week, which is fine if you’re from the United States, but most countries do not assign it that way;
- To specify when we are going to do something, we use “no” and “na” before the days of the week, instead of “on”; i.e.:
I.e.: Começo a trabalhar na segunda-feira
Posso ir ao cinema no sábado.
- In Portuguese we have two main ways to write dates: either using numbers only or mixing numbers and words;
- You may write dates with numbers like dd/mm/yyyy or shorter than that, dd/mm/yy. Both are acceptable;
- If you decide to stick to the mixed method, the format is: day of the week + number + de + month + de + year;
I.e.: Segunda-feira, 19 de janeiro de 2021;
- When it comes to the days of the month, we only say ordinal form to number 01 (primeiro), other than that, we always use cardinal numbers;
- The year is always given as a complete number;
I.e.: 1952 – Mil novecentos e cinquenta e dois (one thousand nine hundred and fifty two);
10. Last but not least, don’t worry if you don’t remember all those rules at once, Brazilians are usually warm and patient so, as long as you memorize this list below, you’re going to be just fine:
|Days of the Week||Dias da Semana|
|Months of the Year||Meses do Ano|
You’re done! Do you want to practice what you’ve just learnt? How about doing that planning your trip to Brazil!
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About the Author: Vasti Queiroz
Vasti is one of our Portuguese teachers from Acre, Brazil. Through her English studies, she discovered an immense love for her native language, Portuguese! With a background in education, she has decided to help others on their journeys to learn the Portuguese language.