When you are learning a new language, it can be challenging to remember everything. And with the days of the week, you have to remember the words and their order. But knowing the days of the week is important for making plans and talking about your life.
Let’s learn some useful tricks to remember the days of the week in Spanish. You can find other sentences and phrases a Spanish learner should also memorize. Vámonos! (That means “Let’s go!”)
Days of the Week in Spanish
The days of the week in Spanish are lunes, martes, miércoles, jueves, viernes, sábado, and domingo.
Lunes is pronounced like “LOO-nehs.” Martes is pronounced like “MAR-tehs.” Miércoles is pronounced “me-AIR-co-lehs.” Jueves is pronounced “WAY-vehs.” Viernes is pronounced “vee-AIR-nehs.” Sábado is pronounced, “SAH-bah-do.” And domingo is pronounced “doh-MEEN-go.”
Most Spanish words have the pronunciation’s emphasis on the penultimate (that’s the one before the last) syllable. Words that don’t follow this rule will have an accent (like in sábado) to show where the emphasis should be.
Do The Days of The Week in Spanish Need to be Capitalized?
In Spanish, the days of the week are not capitalized. The only time you should capitalize the days of the week in Spanish is when they are at the beginning of a sentence.
Another time they may be capitalized is when they are part of a title, like “el Viernes Santo,” which is what Good Friday is called in some Spanish-speaking countries.
How to Make the Days of the Week Plural
All of the days of the week are masculine words. This means when you refer to one day, you use the masculine article “el.” For example, ‘the following Tuesday’ would be ‘el martes siguiente.’
Similarly, if you want to refer to multiple days of the week, you use the article “los.” For example, if you want to say “all of the Fridays,” you would say “todos los viernes.”
The word for the day of the week itself stays the same. That makes it easier!
Examples of Sentences With The Days of the Week
When you’re trying to have a conversational Spanish ability, it’s good to learn some phrases and sentences you might use when talking to others.
Spanish: Yo no trabajo los domingos.
English: I don’t work on Sundays.
Spanish: Ella nació lunes por la mañana.
English: She was born Monday morning.
Spanish: Él va a llamar el jueves.
English: He is going to call on Thursday.
Spanish: Nos conocimos sábado en la fiesta.
English: We met on Saturday at the party.
Spanish: Ella vendrá a casa el próximo miércoles.
English: She will come back home next Wednesday.
Spanish: Puedes encontrarnos el viernes?
English: Can you meet us on Friday?
Spanish: Yo tengo clase los martes y los jueves.
English: I have class on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Ways to Memorize the Days of the Week
If you know the meaning behind the words in either language, it can help you remember. The days are named after the sun, the moon, and a few different Roman or Norse deities.
|English Name||Meaning||Spanish Name||Meaning|
|Sunday||Named for the sun||Domingo||From Deus – Latin for God. Basically “The Lord’s Day”|
|Monday||Named for the moon||Lunes||Named for the moon, “la luna” in Spanish|
|Tuesday||From Ares, the Greek god of war||Martes||From Mars, the Roman god of war|
|Wednesday||From Hermes, a Greek god||Miércoles||From Mercury, a Roman god|
|Thursday||Named for the Norse god Thor||Jueves||From Roman god Jove or Jupiter|
|Friday||From Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love||Viernes||From Venus, the Roman goddess of love|
|Saturday||From Saturn, a Roman god||Sábado||From the word for “sabbath”|
If this feels like a lot, maybe a mnemonic device will be an easier method for remembering. Check out this helpful YouTube video from Cory at Spring Spanish!
Speaking of the planets, remember the little jingle you used in elementary school to remember them? Depending on where you grew up, it might have been “My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Noodles” for Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.
To remember the Spanish days of the week, let’s come up with a similar sentence. The letters we need to remember are L, M, M, J, V, S, D for the days in Spanish. What about “Let’s Make My Juice Very Sweet, Deborah!” If that’s too silly, try to come up with something you will remember.
Abbreviations for The Days of The Week in Spanish
Many countries around the world speak Spanish. Some countries abbreviate the days of the week one way, while others choose a different way. Here are two of the main ways the days are abbreviated in Spanish.
|Day/Día||1-Letter Abbreviation||2-Letter Abbreviation|
Other Useful Related Expressions
When you are trying to learn Spanish to better communicate with friends or coworkers, the days of the week are a good start.
Some other words and phrases you should know include today, tomorrow, this week, this morning, this afternoon, and this evening.
One tricky thing to remember is that the word for morning and tomorrow is the same: la mañana.
English: Today is Thursday.
Spanish: Hoy es jueves.
English: Tomorrow is Friday.
Spanish: Mañana es viernes.
English: The test is this week.
Spanish: El exámen es esta semana.
English: I see him this morning.
Spanish: Lo veo esta mañana.
English: I see him tomorrow.
Spanish: Lo veo mañana.
English: The meeting is in the afternoon.
Spanish: La reunión es en el tarde.
English: I like to walk in the evening.
Spanish: Me gusta caminar en la noche.
Congratulations on deciding to learn Spanish! You will be able to speak with many more people in the world!
There are nearly 6 million people who speak Spanish worldwide. Learning the days of the week in Spanish is an excellent start on your way to learning this beautiful language.
Caitriona Maria is an education writer and founder of TPR Teaching, crafting inspiring pieces that promote the importance of developing new skills. For 7 years, she has been committed to providing students with the best learning opportunities possible, both domestically and abroad. Dedicated to unlocking students' potential, Caitriona has taught English in several countries and continues to explore new cultures through her travels.