How exactly do you say September in Italian?
In this lesson, we’ll take a look at the word itself, along with some other words that can be useful when talking about this month of the year, such as sunny, rainy, grapes, and summer.
By the end of this lesson, you’ll know everything you need to talk about the month of September in Italian like a real pro. Let’s get started! Iniziamo!
How do you say September in Italian?
Settembre is how you translate September in Italian.
Settembre, from sette meaning seven, is so named because it was the seventh month of the year during the Roman Empire.
It was King Numa Pompilius who introduced what are now the first two months of the year, January and February (or, more accurately, gennaio and febbraio… after all, we are studying Italian)! So, September is now the ninth month of the year.
Unlike months in English, months in Italian are not capitalized.
For example, you could say…
La scuola riapre a settembre.
School reopens in September.
Compirò 16 anni a settembre.
I’ll be sixteen in September.
Questo settembre è stato molto piovoso.
This September has been very rainy.
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What happens in September
September is a crazy month. It can be very rainy, piovoso, but also still quite sunny, soleggiato. The summer, l’estate, comes to an end and the schools reopen for a new school year, un nuovo anno scolastico.
L’equinozio d’autunno si verifica a settembre.
The autumnal equinox occurs in September.
What fruits ripen in September? If you go shopping in a supermarket, you’ll see a wide variety of fichi, figs, pesche, peaches and above all uva, grapes!
Il fico, i fichi
The fig, the figs
La pesca, le pesche
The peach, the peaches
For example, you could say…
Le scimmie stavano mangiando dei fichi.
The monkeys were eating figs.
L’uva è così acida che non riesco a mangiarla.
The grapes are so sour that I can’t eat them.
Mattia ha un piccolo pesco in giardino.
Mattia has a little peach tree in his garden.
Expressions with September in Italian
Let’s wrap up our lesson with some expressions (espressioni, from the singular espressione) featuring the word for September in Italian.
The first one we’re going to see literally translates as “to postpone to September”, but it means to fail a subject.
In Italy, if you finish the school year and have bad grades in any subject, you will have to take an exam in that subject just before the next year starts in September. If you fail that exam, you will fail the whole year. It’s as if your failure is “postponed” until September.
Rimandare a settembre
To fail a subject
Literally: To postpone to September
Settembre, l’uva è fatta e il fico pende
Fruit ripens in September
Literally: September, the grapes are ready and the fig tree is leaning
Settembre, l’uva è fatta e il fico pende is a saying about the many kinds of fruit that ripen in September (we’ve just covered some of them in the paragraph above).
September is a very productive month in agriculture: grapes are harvested and fig trees are so laden with fruit that their branches literally lean to the ground!
Thirty Days Hath September…
I would like to add a final treat to our lesson on how to say September in Italian. You’re probably familiar with the nursery rhyme that goes Thirty Days Hath September… well, Italian has its own song too!
Trenta giorni ha novembre
Thirty days has November
con april, giugno e settembre.
with April, June and September.
Di ventotto ce n’è uno,
of twenty-eight days there’s one
tutti gli altri ne han trentuno!
all the others have thirty-one!
And that’s the end of our lesson on how to say September in Italian!
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