Today is the Day 今日はその日だ!

Updated: Mar 19

Hello everyone, I hope that you are all doing well. Today I want to talk to you about days, months, and years and a few of the rules you’ll need to utilize as you use them when you talk or as you write.

みなさん、こんにちは。お元気ですか?今日は曜日、月、そして年についてお話したいです。これらを使う時は、いくつかのルールを守らないといけません。



In English, in particular if you are learning from an American, you may be surprised to see that dates are typically given by month, day (numerical form), then year. As usual, however, there are exceptions and we’ll look over some of these below. Alright, let’s get to the point.

特にアメリカ人から英語を学んでいる時、日にちを教えられている時にまず月、日にち(数字)、そして何年かを書かされます。でも、例外もありますのでそれを少し見てみましょう。さあ、始めよう!


Let’s look at an example:

こちらの例を見てみましょう。


The USA declared its independence on July 4th, 1776.



Here we see that it's written with the month first, then the day, followed by the year. Simple right? Well, this brings up another thing that should be mentioned. When writing a date there are three typical ways to do so.

ここではまず月、次に日にち、そして最後に年と書かれています。簡単でしょう?ただ、ここで注意。日付を書くとき、三つの方法があります。


Let’s take a look at today’s date as an example conversation you might have.

例えば、今日の日付を使って会話してみましょう。


What’s the date today? 今日は何日ですか?


It’s 11/22/2019
It’s November 22nd, 2019
It’s Wednesday, November 22nd, 2019.

The first method is one that actually can be both said orally or written out. You would say, eleven, twenty, two thousand nineteen. Though it is not all that common to hear from someone, it's common for someone to write the day’s date using this form.

最初の方法は口頭または成文の場合に使えます。言い方としては、「イレブン、ツェンティー、ツーサウゼンナインティーン」です。口からは普段聞かないかもしれませんが、書類にはよく見られます。


Something to note is the use of the commas in examples two and three. For these examples they both share a rule in regards to how they use commas. In example two, you need to add a comma between the day and the year if they are written out using digits. In example three both the day and the month are also needing a comma between them as they both are being written out using words.

例2と例3で使われる「、」の使い方に注目してください。両方とも共通なルールが見られます。例2では数字を使う時には日にちと年の間に「、」が必要になります。例3では数字ではなくアルファベットで書かれてますが、それでも日にちと年の間に「、」が入ります。



Here are another two other methods that are used from time to time.

たまに使われる方法は次の通りです。


It’s the 22nd of November 2019.
It’s Wednesday the 22nd of November 2019.

These last two examples are similar the the ones listed above but with a few extra words added and the commas are left out. They are perhaps more often seen or heard at special events.

上の例とは似てますが、こちらだと新しい言葉が入り、「、」を使いません。これらは特別なイベントのために使われる言い方です。


Something you may have noticed is the addition of a some letters at the end of the numbers. What do they mean? How are they used? Let's talk about this next time.

数字のあとにアルファベットが入ったことに気づいたかもしれません。どういう意味でしょうか?いつ使うのでしょうか?また次回お話して見ましょう!


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