"¿En qué mes estamos?"
Translation:In what month are we?
Here's what I found to help
When speaking of time and the verb ‘to be’ is followed by a preposition + noun, “estar” is used. ¿En qué mes estamos? – Estamos en Junio. (What month are we in? – We are in June.)
On the other hand: ¿Qué día es hoy? – Hoy es Lunes. (What day is today? – Today is Monday.
"What month do we have?" would be understood but no native speaker would put it that way. Here in the USA the most common way to ask the question would be "What's the month?" or "What month is it?" This is the biggest weakness I see in Duolingo (which is overall an excellent resource)----the insistence on literal translation in cases where it doesn't produce a result native speakers would agree with.
It's not dumb, "ser" vs "estar" is a very difficult topic for us English speakers to grasp because we only have one verb in English for the two used in Spanish. A quick, easy way to see which verb to use is to use the temporary vs permanent rule. Things that are temporary use "estar", things that are more permanent use "ser". In this case, you wouldn't permanently be in a certain month, it's only temporary until the next month comes, so "estar" would be the better choice. However, don't become reliant on this rule, it's not always reliable, there are many exceptions, it takes times to learn the uses of the two verbs.
Here are some link that may help with "ser" vs "estar":
Best of luck!
Thank you so much! One of the weaknesses of duolingo is that it tends to gloss over these types of nuances. I can never tell if I've simply missed something, or if it's a confusing topic in itself. I'm so grateful for all the people more knowledgeable who take the time to help straighten things out for people like me :)
The temporary / permanent rule is more trouble than it's worth and it is better to learn the differences between the two.
For example the time uses ser even though it is tempory, and estar is used to say that Germany is in Europe, a pretty permanent state of affairs!
Here the sentence refers to a location in time and locations get estar.
Good luck with your studies!
I always thought the rule was very helpful because the time something happens IS permanent. A party that starts at 6 starts at 6, and no other times. The logic had always helped me.
And if you remember to think about most locations being temporary, it still works.
Yes, you are right, he is right.... he is right.... he is right..... él es correcto.... (because he is permanently right)