12 Months in Japanese, Correct Way of Saying and Spelling
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12 Months in Japanese, Correct Way of Saying and Spelling

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Here are all the 12 months in Japanese. The Kanji symbol 月 can be read in 3 ways: TSUKI, GETSU, and GATSU. When saying the name of each month, we use only GATSU.

January, ICHI-GATSU

ichi-gatsu, january in japanese

Correct: Ichi-gatsu
Wrong: Hitotsu-gatsu, Hito-gatsu

February, NI-GATSU

ni-tasu, february in japanese

Correct: Ni-gatsu
Wrong: Futatsu-gatsu, Futa-gatsu

March, SAN-GATSU

san-gatsu, march in japanese

Correct: San-gatsu
Wrong: Mi-gatsu, Mitsu-gatsu

April, SHI-GATSU

shi-gatsu, april in japanese

Correct: Shi-gatsu
Wrong: Yo-gatsu, Yon-gatsu

I’ve heard someone say YON-GATSU. Is it wrong?

Junko
Junko

Not completely wrong and it’s understandable. But Shi-gatsu is a common way of reading.

The pronunciations of Shi-gatsu and Ni-gatsu are similar, so if you can’t catch the word in spoken conversation or on a phone, we sometimes say YON-gatsu to make it clear that it points out April.

May, GO-GATSU

go-gatsu, may in japanese

Correct: Go-gatsu
Wrong: Itsu-gatsu

June, ROKU-GATSU

roku-gatsu, june in japanese

Correct: Roku-gatsu
Wrong: Mu-gatsu, Mutsu-gatsu

July, SHICHI-GATSU

shichi-gatsu, july in japanese

Correct: Shichi-gatsu
Wrong: Nana-gatsu

You may hear someone call July Nana-gatsu. The same as Shi-gatsu (April), we sometimes use Nana-gatsu to specify that it means seven. Also, I think the people from Western Japan tend to call the number 7 NANA. They sometimes call July NANA-gatsu and 7 o’clock NANA-ji. It’s a kind of dialect.

August, HACHI-GATSU

hachi-gatsu, august in japanese

Correct: Hachi-gatsu
Wrong: Ya-gatsu, Yatsu-gatsu

September, KU-GATSU

ku-gatsu, september in japanese

Correct: Ku-gatsu
Wrong: Kyū-gatsu

October, JŪ-GATSU

ju-gatsu, october in japanese

Correct: Jū-gatsu
Wrong: Tō-gatsu

Novermber, JŪICHI-GATSU

juichi, november in japanese

Correct: Jūichi-gatsu

December, JŪNI-GATSU

juni-gatsu, december in japanese

Correct: Jūni-gatsu

That’s all for the 12 months name in Japanese! Please comment if you have any questions about this post.


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