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French Phrases: Time expressions

General time expressions

The following are useful for talking about particular times (days, months etc) in the past or future. In the section below, we'll look at the names of the days of the week in French, then on the following page, we'll also look at months and seasons in French.

aujourd'huioʒuʁdɥitoday
demaindəmæ̃tomorrow
hierjɛʁyesterday
matinmatæ̃morning
ce matinsə matæ̃this morning
demain matindəmæ̃ matæ̃tomorrow morning
midimidimidday, lunchtime
à midia midiat midday, at lunchtime
après-midiapʁemidiafternoon
aprèm (Informal)apʁɛmafternoon
cet après-midisɛt apʁemidithis afternoon
soirswaʁevening, night
ce soirsə swaʁthis evening, tonight
hier soirjɛʁ swaʁyesterday evening, last night
demain soirdəmæ̃ swaʁtomorrow evening, tomorrow night
la semaine prochainela smɛn pʁɔʃɛnnext week
la semaine dernièrela smɛn dɛʁnjɛʁlast week
le mois prochainlə mwa pʁɔʃæ̃next month
le mois dernierlə mwa dɛʁnjelast month
l'année prochainelane pʁɔʃɛnnext year
l'année dernièrelane dɛʁnjɛʁlast year
tôttoearly (on)
tardtaʁlate (on)
en retardɑ̃ʁtaʁlate, delayed
à l'heureal0ʁon time
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Days of the week

Here are the names of the days of the week in French, plus some phrases for using them:

lundilæ̃diMonday
mardimaʁdiTuesday
mercredimɛʁcʁədiWednesday
jeudiʒødiThursday
vendredivɑ̃dʁədiFriday
samedisamdiSaturday
dimanchedimɑ̃ʃSunday
ce lundisə læ̃dithis Monday
lundi prochainlæ̃di pʁɔʃæ̃next Monday
lundi dernierlæ̃di dɛʁnjelast Monday
le lundilə læ̃dion Mondays
lundi soirlæ̃di swaʁon Monday evening
pas ce lundi mais celui d'aprèspa sə læ̃di me səlɥi dapʁɛthe Monday after next
lundi en huitlæ̃di ɑ̃ ɥit"Monday week" (old-fashioned)
lundi 15læ̃di kæ̃z(on) Monday the 15th
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Of course, any of the days of the week can be substituted for lundi in the above expressions.

Next: months and seasons

Once you've learnt the names of the days of the week, you may also want to look at French months and seasons.


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