Beginner English 2-34

How to Express Dates in English

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Hello, everyone.

In this video, we’re going to talk about how to express the date in English.

That can be very difficult because you have to know your months.

You have to know your ordinal numbers.

You have to know how to express your years.

So, this is a very advanced video, but it’s a good video to learn.

Ahh…so, I’m going to start with this question.

“What’s the date, today?”

Now, don’t confuse this question with, “What’s the day, today?”, because the day is only asking about “Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday…so on.”

This question is, “What’s the date..?”


So, we…it’s very different than ‘day’.

So, there’s two styles here of how to express the date.

One style is British style.

And one style is American style or Canadian style.

We use this.

Ok, so “What’s the date, today?”

And it’s the same date.

They put the ‘fourteenth’, ‘March’, ‘two thousand thirteen’.

Ok, so would they express that?

“What’s the date, today?”

“It’s the fourteenth of March two thousand thirteen.”

Or “Twenty-thirteen.”


Short form.

‘Fourteen’, ‘three’, ‘thirteen’.

Now they use a…’day’, ‘month’, ‘year’.

Ok, but I know in Korea, you use the opposite ‘year’, ‘month’, ‘day’.

But the British style is opposite.

Alright, now here is the American style and the style I want to show you because I’m Canadian.

I use this, also.

“What’s the date, today?”

“March fourteenth…fourteenth, twenty thirteen.”

“March fourteenth, twenty thirteen.”

‘Three’, ‘fourteen’, ‘thirteen’.

That’s how you would express it short style.


Now both ways are ok…doesn’t matter.

But this is how you would express a ‘date’.

Put your ‘month’.

Capital letter.

Put your ordinal number.

This is “fourteenth”.

A ‘comma’…and the year.

Ok, and you would read it as “March fourteenth, twenty thirteen.”

Alright, so that’s how you express the ‘date’.

Let’s do some more practice.

2:30 [Part 2]

Ok, here are some examples to help us understand how to express the ‘dates’.

First, let’s look at this question.

“When is payday?”

Now, “payday” is a very important day.

That’s when you get your money from your job.

“When is payday?”

So, I’m going to begin my answer with “It’s”.

“It is… It’s”

“When is payday?”

Ok, and you can see when I’m expressing the ‘date’, I’m always going to use the preposition ‘on’.

The preposition ‘on’.


So, “When is payday?”

“It’s on Monday.”

That’s very simple.

“It’s on the sixteenth.”

Ok, “It’s on the sixteenth of this month.”

Now, if your just going to focus on the date here, ‘Sixteenth’, we always need a ‘the’.

“The sixteenth.”

Alright, the next one, we’re going to combine these.

We’re going to put these two together.

“When is payday?”

“It’s on Monday the sixteenth.”

Ok, so we have “On Monday”.

That’s ok.

“On the sixteenth.”

That’s ok.

“On Monday the sixteenth.”

That’s ok, too.

Ok, all of them are ok, but this one…ahh…there’s no confusion.

This is very detailed.

Alright, let’s look at the last two.

Now, “When is payday?”

“It’s on June sixteenth.”

Ok, you want to focus on the month sometimes.

“It’s on June sixteenth.”

And let’s put all of these together.

“When is payday?”

“It’s on Monday June sixteenth.”

Ok, if you want to be very detailed and make sure there’s no confusion, your going to say the ‘day’, the ‘month’ and the ‘date’ here.

Ok, “When is payday?”

“It’s on Monday June sixteenth.”


So there are many ways to express the same thing.

Ok, it depends on the situation.

But you have to be familiar with all these ways…cause…which one is the best way?

Well, there is no best way here.

Ahh…it depends on the person.

Everyone’s going to say it a little bit different.

Alright, let’s move on to some questions.

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The first question here.

“When were you born?”

Ok, “When were you born?”

Again, you came out of your mother as a baby.

“When were you born?”

This is a very detailed answer.

Ok, so this is when I was born.

“On March twentieth, nineteen seventy-five.”

Ok, so I’m going to put the capital on ‘March’, ‘twentieth’, comma, ‘nineteen seventy-five’.

That’s how I would write and say that ‘date’.

Let’s move on to the next question.

“When is your birthday?”

Ok, they’re very similar questions.

“When were you born?”

“When is your birthday?”

Ok, so, “When is your birthday?”…doesn’t really care about the year.

It’s more about the ‘month’ and the ‘date’.

Ok, so, “When is your birthday?”

“On March twentieth.”

“On March twentieth.”

That’s the date of my birthday.

Next one.

“When is Valentine’s Day?”

A very good and happy day.

“When is Valentine’s Day?”

“On February fourteenth.”

“On February fourteenth.”

The last question.

“When will you go to Spain?”

“When will you go to Spain?”

Your asking your friend.

“When will you go to Spain?”

And maybe she ansers very quickly…”Oh, on the nineteenth”.

“On the nineteenth.”


So, I hope you have a better understanding of how to express the ‘date’ in English.

Takes a lot of self-study and practice, but I know you can…you can understand if you really really try.

That’s it for this video.

See you next time.

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