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Test your understanding of the English lesson by answering these questions. You will get the answers and your score at the end of the quiz.
The names for the months are influenced by:

At one time, the first month of the year was:

September comes from the Latin word for which number?

December comes from the Latin word for which number?

January is named after Janus, the god of doors. How is he usually shown?

July was originally called Quintilis, but then it was renamed after Julius Caesar. Who was Julius Caesar?

March is named after Mars, the Roman god of:

November comes from the Latin word for which number?

October comes from the Latin word for which number?

The month of June is named after Juno, who was a Roman:


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Thank you for the lesson. Now I understand the meanings of Gregorian months.

Saturday, January 20th 2018

Got 100 ☺ Thanks Gill.

Saturday, January 20th 2018

What an interesting class ! Excellent ! Thank you very much, teacher Gill !

Saturday, January 20th 2018

Thank you, Gill!! So interesting!!!

Saturday, January 20th 2018

Thank you Gill for that great lesson. I got nine out of 10. I forgot Juno wasn’t an emperor but a goddess.
As a matter of fact, I wondered why october wasn’t the 8th month. With you, I got the explanation.
Good weekend. See you soon for mastering my english. Marie-Claude

Saturday, January 20th 2018

What an informative lesson.Very good.By the way,
Happy New Year.

Saturday, January 20th 2018

Very interesting Gill, Thanks so much. Greetings from Italy.

Saturday, January 20th 2018

This lesson is so interesting Gill, Thanks!

Saturday, January 20th 2018

thanks Gill great way to teach us…xoxo

Sunday, January 21st 2018

Thanks for exiciting things that you teach us

Sunday, January 21st 2018

My first quiz, that was ok

Sunday, January 21st 2018

very good,thanks!

Sunday, January 21st 2018

thank you Gill for this lovely lesson

Monday, January 22nd 2018

A very brilliant way to strengthen my ENG. Thank you, Gill!

Monday, January 22nd 2018

Yeah! 100%!
Interesting lesson!

Monday, January 22nd 2018

Dear teacher, I studied Latin in high school but this lesson taught me that in life you never stop learning.
Beautiful lesson.
Thanks so much.

Monday, January 22nd 2018

Exellent lesson, thank you very much, Gill. I got 10/10

Monday, January 22nd 2018

Thank you it was very interesting

Monday, January 22nd 2018

Thank so much Gill. Splendid Lesson

Monday, January 22nd 2018

10 correct out of 10.
:D

Monday, January 22nd 2018

Dear Gill,
actually there is a mistake in the clip. March was the first month of the year in the old Roman calendar adopted by Romulus, but it was Julius Cesar who changed the old Roman calendar and estabilished that there are 12 months in a year (the old Roman calendar had 10 months) and that the first month i January. In fact before the Gregorian calendar (that fixed a problem related to leap years) there was the Julian calendar (which for istance is still used by the Russian church).

Tuesday, January 23rd 2018

    And there is another mistake, it’s true that Cesar was born in July but 44BC is the year of his death, 15th March 44 BC. He was born in 101/100 BC.

    Tuesday, January 23rd 2018

      Wow! It’s amazing all your knowledge, of course it’s a part of your culture because I suppose you are Italian.
      Sorry if my English is bad.

      Tuesday, January 23rd 2018

        Gregor was a pope that fixed leap year problem. Leap year was up till then every 4th year (Julian calendar). One calendar year is long 365 days few hours more etc. This few hours more gets every 4 year a new day 28 of February. But it shouldn’t get every 4 year, because of exact math. That little bit too much presented a problem after several hundreds of years. The problem was that seasons got mixed up. Like winter in July.

        Gregor fixed leap year problem with additional rules. Leap year is every 4th year unless the year can be divided by 100, then it is not leap year, but if year is divided by 400 then it is leap year again. So year 1900 was leap year (100 rule), but 2000 was not (400 rule).

        Gregor also took away few days to fix initial problem of mixed seasons.

        In video there is mistake, Gregor has nothing to do with swapping the months January and February at the beginning of the year.

        According to the Oxford dictionary: https://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2016/01/11/months-names/ “Two months were added to the end of the calendar year around 713 BC, and the beginning of the year was moved to 1 January in 153 BC.”

        Wednesday, January 24th 2018

    yes, and that’s why one of the month was called by the name of Julius

    Thursday, January 25th 2018

    The another fact is that in ancient Russia the first month of the year was March despite of using Julian calendar where January was the first one. BTW, this is another mistake of the video))))

    Thursday, January 25th 2018

Very interesting, I don’t known the origin of their names.

Tuesday, January 23rd 2018

thanks

Wednesday, January 24th 2018

Got 100, good lesson

Wednesday, January 24th 2018

i fail one question of the quiz and it was about latin numbers and i am not very good at it

Thursday, January 25th 2018

Thx. Very useful

Thursday, January 25th 2018

Good lesson and easy to understand. Thank you for uploading this lesson!

Sunday, January 28th 2018

interesting

Monday, January 29th 2018

woow thats was totally new for me thanks a lot.

Wednesday, January 31st 2018

Щиро дякую! [shchyro dyakuyu] on Ukrainian) – Thank you so much! Usefull lesson

Sunday, February 4th 2018

I really interested Jill

Monday, February 5th 2018

Thank you Gill.

Monday, February 5th 2018

Today was an interesting class of English about the history of the months. Thanks

Monday, February 5th 2018

Now I know the meanings of the months…….Thank you..

Thursday, February 8th 2018

Hello Gill!

Very interesting lesson, I find this way of teaching quite educative, learning English throuhg history, this is sort of two lessons in one.

Thank you Gill, for this great video!

Sunday, February 11th 2018
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