Read Calendar Dates in Dutch

Updated: Feb 18

There you are, just arrived in the Netherlands for you new job or studies. Time to go out and meet some new people. You want to meet up with someone you met online in a Facebook group and want to propose a date and time. You could do this in English, but I assume you'd rather flex a bit and do it the Dutch way.

How to Read Years in Dutch

To read the calendar, we start with years.

1984 - negentienvierentacthig

2017 - tweeduizend zeventien

1345 - dertienvijfenveertig

1400 - veertienhonderd

We read the years before 2000 as two separated numbers. After the year 2000, we started saying the years as one instead of separating it in two pairs. This is actually the same as in English. So we say tweeduizend zeven (2007) instead of twintigzeven (20 07) but negentienachtennegentig (19 98) instead of duizend negenhonderdachtennegentig (1998). We do it this way because it's easier to read.

Don't worry about how you write these big numbers because we only read them. When writing, we just use digits.

Negative Years

If the year is before the year zero, we say Voor Christus (v. Chr.). Basically the literal translation of Before Christ in English. When it’s after the year zero we normally don’t say anything only when it’s important, such as when it’s written in a history book for example. We then say Na Christus (n. Chr).

How to Read Seasons in Dutch

The four seasons of the year are as follows:

de zomer = the summer

de winter = the winter

de lente = the spring

de herfst = the autumn

How to Read Months in Dutch

Months in Dutch are quite similarly in English. There are just a few small differences. Make sure you do not write months with capital letters in dutch.

januari = January

februari = February

maart = March

april = April

mei = May

juni = June

juli = July

augustus = August

september = September

oktober = Oktober

november = November

december = December

How to Read Days in Dutch

Same as months, we do not write days with capital letters in Dutch.

The days of the week in Dutch are as follows.

maandag = Monday

dinsdag = Tuesday

woensdag = Wednesday

donderdag = Thursday

vrijdag = Friday

zaterdag = Saturday

zondag = Sunday

Helpful Examples

Monday 24 August 2008 = maandag vierentwintig augustus tweeduizend acht

Thursday 4 May 1987 = donderdag vier mei negentienzevenentachtig

Tuesday 14 Juli 2002 = ....................... ?