Days Of The Week In Spanish (Quick Guide + Sample Sentences)

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Days Of The Week In Spanish (Quick Guide + Sample Sentences)

If you’re serious about learning Spanish, it’s obviously vital to learn the days of the week in Spanish (días de la semana).

You’ll need it for describing what you did last week or planning for future activities with family and friends.

Just to give it a bit more emphasis, if you’re planning on working in a Spanish-speaking country, you’ll need to know how to reference days of the week in Spanish competently to arrange those essential meetings.

So, take a look at our quick guide to the days of the week in Spanish to become familiar with them if you’re just starting out.

What are the Spanish days of the week (días de la semana)?

The days of the week in Spanish are:

EspañolEnglish
lunesMonday
martesTuesday
miércolesWednesday
juevesThursday
viernesFriday
sábadoSaturday
domingoSunday

Are the days of the week capitalised in Spanish?

One thing to take note of when you first look at the days of the week in Spanish is that they are not capitalised.

So, when you’re writing the date for school work, reports for work or in your personal diary, remember to not capitalise the day (or the months of the year while we’re at it).

Accent marks in the Spanish days of the week

You should also consider that when you’re writing the days of the week in Spanish for those professional reports and meeting agendas, both miércoles and sábado have tildes (or accent marks).

Not only should they be used for orthographic purposes, they also help you with the pronunciation of these words, letting you know where the stress and intonation of the word falls.

So, use this to your advantage!

Using articles for days of the week in Spanish

You might already know that the Spanish articles — (words that mean ‘the’ in English) have either a masculine or feminine gender — el or la respectively.

When referring to a day of the week or describing an event that happened one day last week, you’ll need to use the article el for all of the week days.

To put it another way, all the days of the week in Spanish are masculine.

Here are some examples to help with this:

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Fui al parque con los niños el martes pasado.

I went to the park with the children last Tuesday.
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El sábado pasado fuimos al supermercado.

Last Sunday we went to the supermarket.

How to pluralise the article for days of the week

To pluralise the days of the week, instead of saying el domingo, for instance, you would say los domingos.

This is the equivalent of saying ‘on Sundays’, or ‘every Sunday’.

This is particularly important when referring to a specific day of the week in a recurring sense — i.e. if you want to describe an action or habit that you do on that particular day every week, you’ll need to pluralise the article and the day of the week.

A couple of examples of this are:

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Todos los viernes limpio la casa por la tarde.

Every Friday I clean the house in the afternoon.
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Salgo con mis amigos todos los sábados.

I go out with my friends every Saturday.

How to use complementary adjectives for the Spanish days of the week

An added tip that can help take your Spanish to the next level is to remember that if you use an adjective alongside a day of the week, it should complement its masculine gender.

For example, if you want to describe last Sunday as being a ‘fun’ day you should say:

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¡El domingo pasado fue un día divertido!

Last Sunday was a fun day!

This rule applies to any noun and its gender in Spanish, which is another useful tip.

The adjective should always be masculine if the noun is masculine and feminine if the noun is feminine. However, there are some Spanish adjectives that have no specific gender.

If you want to use them alongside a day of the week, these adjectives don’t change. For example:

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El lunes fue un día feliz.

Monday was a happy day.
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El miércoles pasado fue un día triste.

Last Wednesday was a sad day.

Vocabulary to be aware of when using Spanish days of the week

Some of the essential vocabulary you should be aware of when referring to dates, times and days of the week are:

EspañolEnglish
hoytoday
mañanatomorrow
mañana por la mañanatomorrow morning
ayeryesterday
el próximo lunesnext Monday
el martes pasadolast Tuesday
el mes que vienenext Monday
el martes pasadolast Tuesday
el mes que vienenext month
hoy es...today is...
ayer fue...yesterday was...

How to remember the Spanish days of the week

In closing, here are two quick tips to remember:

  1. Listening to Spanish YouTube channels and songs that feature the days of the week in Spanish can be incredibly useful. Before you know it, you’ll be singing along, and once the song’s stuck in your head, that means you know the days of the week by heart!
  2. Using a Spanish calendar and seeing the days of the week on a frequent basis can really help you memorise them all. Download a calendar or Spanish app to help you remember.

Try these out to help you learn the Spanish days of the week.

To go a step further, take a look at our Spanish resources and online Spanish course recommendations.


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