All dates in French must have three elements. They will start with "le," continue with either a regular counting number number from 2 to 31 (that is, deux, trois , etc.) or with the word "premier" (meaning "first"), followed directly with the name of a month. Months of the year, and days of the week are not capitalized in French. Note that, although in English we usually state dates using special numbers called ordinals (that indicate numeric order) such as "the SECOND of April," French dates do NOT except for those referring to the first of the month. Also note that the French word for "of" (="de") is NOT used between the number of the day and the month as it is in English.

Some Examples:
le premier janvier  ---  the first of January

le deux février      ---    the second of February

le trois mars         ---    the third of March

le onze avril          ---    the eleventh of April

le dix-sept  mai     ---    the 17th of May

le vingt juin            ---    the 20th of June

le vingt-et-un juillet    ---    the 21st of July

le vingt-deux août    ---    the 22nd of August

le vingt-cinq septembre    ---    the 25th of September

le trente octobre    ---    the 30th of October

le trente-et-un décembre    ---    the 31st of December

SOME NOTES about Numbers in French Calendar dates.
For a list of numbers, refer to the More on Telling Time Worksheet.

1) For the first of the month, use "le premier" [the first]).

2) For all the other numbers, use the regular counting numbers after "le."

3) The numbers in the lower teen bracket (11 to 16) are expressed with special words in French.

4) The numbers in the upper teen bracket (17 to 19) are made in French by joining the words for ten and seven through nine with a hyphen (ex.: dix-sept).

5) The number for twenty is "vingt" and for thirty, "trente."

6) The numbers twenty-one (vignt-et-un) or thirty-one (trente-et-un) include the word "et" (and) in the middle, as do all the numbers ending in "one" from 21 to 61.  Don't forget the hyphens between each word.

7) The rest of the twenties, (ex. vingt-deux, vingt-trois, etc.) are like the upper teen numbers, because they join the word for the appropriate multiple of ten and the number under ten with a hyphen and do NOT include the word "et" (and).