Spanish Vocabulary: Days of the Week

Spanish Vocabulary: Days of the Week

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Identify

Spanish Vocabulary: Days of the Week
el vocabulario español: los días de la semana

  • Name the seven days in a calendar week.
  • Identify actions in the past, present, or future.

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Study

Learning about the days of the week (los días de la semana) will help you plan for future events! Knowing the days of the week is also vital for business appointments, class times, and traveling in places like airports, train stations, bus stations, and other public transit systems!

(Learning about Telling Time goes well with learning the Days of the Week!)

In Spanish-speaking countries, the week begins on Monday.

lunes
Monday

martes
Tuesday

miércoles
Wednesday

jueves
Thursday

viernes
Friday

sábado
Saturday

domingo
Sunday

Notice that the days of the week are not capitalized. Also, the days of the week are all masculine.

When used with the days of the week, the definite article (el, los) has the special meaning on.

No trabajo el lunes.
I don’t work on Monday.

No trabajo los martes.
I don’t work on Tuesdays.

Hay una fiesta el miércoles.
There is a party on Wednesday.

Hay muchas fiestas los viernes.
There are many parties on Fridays.

Days of the week ending in -s do not change form in the plural. Only the article changes.

el lunes / los lunes

el martes / los martes

el miércoles / los miércoles

el jueves / los jueves

el viernes / los viernes

el sábado / los sábados

el domingo / los domingos

Use the verb ser to express the day. You will soon learn more about this verb. For now, simply realize that the word es is a conjugation of that verb, and is the correct verb in this use.

¿Qué día es hoy?
What day is today?

Hoy es lunes.
Today is Monday.

Mañana es martes.
Tomorrow is Tuesday.

Notice that the following actions do not occur in the present, but rather in the near future.

Salimos el lunes.
We leave on Monday.

Mañana es domingo.
Tomorrow is Sunday.

In Spanish, the present tense of the indicative is sometimes used to express the near future. English does this too.

Salimos el lunes.
We (will) leave on Monday.

Mañana es domingo.
Tomorrow (will be) is Sunday.

Adapt

¿Qué día es hoy?
What day is today?

Hoy es lunes.
Today is Monday.

¿Qué día es mañana?
What day is tomorrow?

Mañana es martes.
Tomorrow is Tuesday.

¿Cuándo es la fiesta?
When is the party?

La fiesta es el viernes.
The party is on Friday.

¿Cuándo vamos a la misa?
When do we go to mass?

Vamos a la iglesia para la misa el domingo.
We got to church for mass on Sunday.

No me gustan los miércoles…
I don’t like Wednesdays…

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