A quick and easy beginner's guide to the months of the year in English



No matter what language you’re communicating in, one staple of everyday conversation with friends, family, acquaintances and colleagues is all about making plans.

Learn the months of the year in English to plan holidays.

Making plans is just what many people do, whether it’s:

  • seeing family and friends
  • organizing business meetings
  • planning holidays
  • saving an engagement/wedding/or other special date
  • booking in time with your dentist or tax agent, or
  • throwing a birthday party for your pet (why not?)!

There are some exceptions to the rules of course (hello introverts!), but in general, most of us make plans in life. And guess what? You’ve come to the right place to learn practical vocabulary that will give you the skills to confidently speak, read, write and use the 12 months in English, and thus, make plans!

Music can be a great tool to help you learn a language, so we’ve also made a list of some epic songs to help the months of the year stick in your brain!

Let’s get into it!

Firstly, how do you say months in English?

Before learning the 12 months, let’s learn how to say the word "months" in English.

If you look at the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), "months" in English has the pronunciation /mʌnθs/ or /mʌnts/. If you find IPA pronunciation tricky, watch this video to make things easier.

Months of the year in English

The English language has a lot of vowels and words that aren’t pronounced the way they’re written. For this reason, English phonetic spelling is helpful to get you started.

What is phonetic spelling? It's writing out words based on how they’re spoken, and the International Phonetic Alphabet provides you with symbols to learn each sound a consonant or vowel makes.

Here's how it works for the months in English:

Months in EnglishIPA pronunciation

How to pronounce the four seasons in English

Now that you know how to speak and write the months in English, it's time for you to take the next step and learn to pronounce the four seasons in English!

Seasons in EnglishIPA Pronunciation

FAQs for learning the months of the year in English

Man changes his smartphone to English to learn the months of the year.

We’ve put together some answers for some of the most frequently asked questions about the months of the year in English:

How do months get capitalized in English?

As a general rule, all proper nouns are capitalized in English. So, you should capitalize the first letter of each month before using them in a sentence. Why? Because all months are proper nouns in English.

How do you abbreviate months in English?

Months in English can be abbreviated as

  • Jan.
  • Feb.
  • Mar.
  • Apr.
  • May.
  • Jun.
  • Jul.
  • Aug.
  • Sept.
  • Oct.
  • Nov.
  • Dec.

What are some ideas to help me learn the months in English faster?

There are many ways you can memorize the months in English quickly.

  1. If English isn’t your first language, changing your smartphone or computer to English is a good idea.
  2. Another idea is to get a calendar in English and make all your plans using this calendar. You’ll also be able to brush up on your English days of the week.
  3. Kids will enjoy interactive videos or nursery rhymes that talk about the months in English, so in this case, YouTube is an absolute goldmine!

Songs that will help you learn the months in English

An excellent way to help you learn the months in English are songs, and nothing's better than having a list of some catchy tunes that have the months of the year in their lyrics. So, plug in your headphones and turn the beat up. Or feel free to also sing out loud and dance!

A Song of The Weather, Flanders, and Swann

Released in 1957 by the famous British comedy duo, it is a funny song about the weather and mentions all 12 months of the year. Does it get any better than this? We don't think so!

I Just Called To Say I Love You, Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder's romantic ballad is a sweet harmony of wonder, love, and affection. Also, you will hear the months August, April, and July somewhere in there when listening.

November Rain, Guns N' Roses

We all know a Guns N' Roses fan, and if you haven't heard the "Greatest Song of All Time," now is your time to shine and learn months in English along the way.

It Might As Well Rain Until September - Carole King

This romantic song by the legendary Carole King features the month of September.

Using months in English in everyday conversation

To wrap it up, here are some excellent examples of how to use the months of the year when talking to someone:

  • "Have you decided on your costume for Halloween? November is just around the corner!"
  • "I am really excited to move to Florida in January. It will be a fresh start for me next year!"
  • "Exams are starting in September and I haven't even prepared anything yet!"
  • "I don't know why you planned a surprise. My birthday is actually in April."
  • "I really love the October vibe, fallen leaves, pretty skies and the right amount of cold."
  • "The smell of BBQs and the sound of fireworks speaks July to me, I don't care what anyone says."
  • "The weather is getting really warm, and it's not even June yet."
  • "My favorite time to visit the beach is in May, when summer is just beginning."

How did you go?

Group of people practicing and learning the months in English.

How did you go learning to write and pronounce months in English? Remember, practice makes perfect, so remember to keep practicing! Take your time and set realistic goals that fit around your life. After all, it’s your learning journey and your life, and it should be rewarding and enjoyable.

Taking online classes, could be a fun way to improve your vocabulary or learn new words in English. Don’t be afraid to embrace new and different things and see what works for you best. And most of all - enjoy!

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