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Vocabulary: How to say the list for Days of the week in Dutch

What are the days of the week in Dutch with articles, Pronunciation, origin of words and with tons of examples?

  1. How do you say the days of the week in Dutch?
  2. Common vocabulary
  3. What are the days of the week in Dutch with articles and Pronunciation?
  4. Days of the week in Dutch meaning
  5. What’s the first day of the week in Netherlands?
  6. Dutch days of the week abbreviations

 

Dutch Vocabulary List: How do you say the days of the week in Dutch?

So you’re a random dude in Netherlands (let’s just say you’re called John Wick)… you are in class, happily listening away and suddenly your Dutch professor says, “John Wick, we are going to have an examination on Monday!” OH NO!!! The only problem is that he has said the sentence not in English but in Dutch. You caught that there’s an exam as everyone is shocked. You do not know the names of the different days of the week in Dutch! OH NO!!!! For once, John Wick is screwed!

Days of the week in Dutch
Days of the week in Dutch

More common scenarios are:

  1. You need to call your doctor and set up an appointment
  2. You need to visit your friend
  3. Your girlfriend says that she’ll marry you only if you know the days of the week ß OK FINE! This one is very unlikely or borderline impossible. If it happens, I’m a god for predicting this!

So I’m guessing, by know you know that you absolutely need to know the vocabulary of different days the week in Dutch and you also need to pronounce them correctly. So in this lesson, we will learn about the seven days of the week in Dutch and how to pronounce them.

 

What are the days of the week in Dutch?

In this section, we are will learn about the vocabulary for Monday to Sunday in Dutch. We will also learn about the different associated vocabulary for days of the week. If you wanna get to even super basic Dutch fluency, the word list for the different days of the week in Dutch is a good point to start with.

English Dutch English Sentences Dutch Sentences
Monday maandag On Monday, I visited my friends. Maandag bezocht ik mijn vrienden.
Tuesday dinsdag I hate Tuesdays. Ik haat dinsdagen.
Wednesday woensdag Wednesday is a holiday Woensdag is een feestdag
Thursday Donderdag Thursday is the fourth day of the week. Donderdag is de vierde dag van de week.
Friday vrijdag I am getting married on Friday. Ik ga vrijdag trouwen.
Saturday zaterdag We will go for a hike on Saturday. Zaterdag gaan we wandelen.
Sunday zondag I like to rest on Sunday. Ik rust graag op zondag.

 

What day of the week is it?

Here’s another important set which will help you learn a lot about the days of the week in Dutch. Basically it teaches about the order of the days of the week!

What day of the week is it in Dutch?
What day of the week is it in Dutch?
English Dutch English Sentences Dutch Sentences
Monday maandag Monday is the first day of the week. Maandag is de eerste dag van de week.
Tuesday dinsdag Tuesday is the second day of the week. Dinsdag is de tweede dag van de week.
Wednesday woensdag Wednesday is the third day of the week. Woensdag is de derde dag van de week.
Thursday Donderdag Thursday is the fourth day of the week. Donderdag is de vierde dag van de week.
Friday vrijdag Friday is the fifth day of the week. Vrijdag is de vijfde dag van de week.
Saturday zaterdag Saturday is the sixth day of the week. Zaterdag is de zesde dag van de week.
Sunday zondag Sunday is the seventh day of the week. Zondag is de zevende dag van de week.

 

What is the common vocabulary related days of the week in Dutch?

In this section, we are will learn about the associated common vocabulary for days of the week in Dutch.

English Dutch English Sentences Dutch Sentences
Days of week Dagen van de week What day of the week is today? Welke dag van de week is het vandaag?
Day Dag Monday is my favorite day. Maandag is mijn favoriete dag.
Week Week This is the third week. Dit is de derde week.
Month Maand January is a month. Januari is een maand.
Year Jaar She is three years old. Ze is drie jaar oud.
Weekday Weekdag Tuesday is a weekday Dinsdag is een weekdag
Weekend Weekend On the Weekend, we are going to Netherlands. In het weekend gaan we naar Nederland.
day before yesterday Eergisteren Day before yesterday, I went to the zoo. Eergisteren ging ik naar de dierentuin.
Yesterday Gisteren We met yesterday. We hebben elkaar gisteren ontmoet.
Today Vandaag Today I will eat chicken. Vandaag ga ik kip eten.
Tomorrow Morgen Shall we meet tomorrow? Zullen we elkaar morgen ontmoeten?
Day after tomorrow Overmorgen Day after tomorrow, we have an examination. Overmorgen hebben we een examen.
last week vorige week Did you see her last week? Heb je haar vorige week gezien?
next week volgende week I have an appointment next week. Ik heb volgende week een afspraak.

 

What is the Gender of days of the week in Dutch?

Gender of day of the week in Dutch
Gender of day of the week 
  • All seven days of the week which is Monday to Sunday in Dutch are all masculine
  • “Week” which is the Dutch translation for week is Feminine

Cool right?

 

What is the pronunciation for days of the week in Dutch?

Now let us learn about the super core topic… learning to say things the right way or to put it into better terms, learning to pronounce the days of the week.

English Dutch Pronounciation
Monday maandag Maan-dag
Tuesday dinsdag Dins-dag
Wednesday woensdag Wo-ens-dag
Thursday Donderdag Don-der-dag
Friday vrijdag Vrij-dag
Saturday zaterdag Za-ter-dag
Sunday zondag Zon-dag

 

Other very useful words when learning Dutch is listed below. Like you need to know what is today / tomorrow and many more in your day to day life since its unlikely that you will be using just Sunday or Monday to describe every event.

 English Dutch
Today Vandaag
Yesterday Gisteren
Tomorrow Morgen
The day before yesterday Eergisteren
The day after tomorrow Overmorgen
In three days time Over drie dagen
Four days ago Vier dagen geleden
The next day De volgende dag
The previous day De vorige dag
A week Een week

 

Etymology for days of the week in Dutch or Origin of days of the week in Dutch or Meaning of the Days of the week in Dutch

Have you ever wondered why is it called maandag? Like what does maandag mean? Here in this section we will learn about the etymology and the origin of the different names of the days of the week in Dutch.

 

Why is Monday called maandag in Dutch?

Etymology or origin of Monday in Dutch
Etymology or origin of Monday in Dutch
  • maandag which is the Dutch translation for “Monday” comes from the German word Mond which means “the moon”.
  • Therefore, Monday in Dutch literally translates to “moon-day”.
  • Basically Monday is dedicated to the moon.

 

Why is Tuesday called dinsdag in Dutch?

Etymology or origin of Tuesday in Dutch
Etymology or origin of Tuesday in Dutch
  • Dinsdag which is the Dutch translation for “Tuesday” comes from the ancient Germanic god Tyr.
  • Tyr was the German god of war and the God of justice. Cool right???
  • Dinsdag is the day dedicated to Tyr

 

Why is Wednesday called woensdag in Dutch?

Etymology or origin of Wednesday in Dutch
Etymology or origin of Wednesday in Dutch
  • The Dutch name for the Wednesday is woensdag.
  • It comes from Middle Dutch wodenesdag, woedensdag (“Wodan’s day”)
  • It has the same origin or etymology as English Wednesday

 

Why is Thursday called Donderdag in Dutch?

Etymology or origin of Thursday in Dutch
Etymology or origin of Thursday in Dutch
  • In English, Thursday is Thorsday or THOR’S DAY!!!! Basically Thursday is dedicated to the Nordic god of Thunder and Lightning.
  • In Dutch, The etymology of the word Thursday comes from the same legendary god Thor although the source is the old dutch word “thonaresdag‎”!

 

Why is Friday called vrijdag in Dutch?

Etymology or origin of Friday in Dutch
Etymology or origin of Friday in Dutch
  • The mythological goddess Frige was of Nordic origin and was the goddess of motherhood and marriage.
  • So Friday or vrijdag is dedicated to Frige, the goddess of Love.
  • The name literally translates to “Day of Venus”.

 

What is the meaning of zaterdag (or Saturday) in Dutch?

Etymology or origin of Saturday in Dutch
Etymology or origin of Saturday in Dutch
  • Saturn or Saturnus is the sixth planet of the solar system, and it was the name to the Roman god of fertility and agriculture.
  • The name literally translates to “Day of Saturn”.

 

What is the meaning of zondag (or Sunday) in Dutch?

Etymology or origin of Sunday in Dutch
Etymology or origin of Sunday in Dutch
  • The etymological origin of the Dutch word for Sunday which is “zondag”, is dedicated to the “Day of the sun”.
  • The name literally translates to “Day of the sun” in Latin.

 

What’s the first day of the week in Netherlands?

  • In Netherlands, the first day of the week is Monday.
  • Days are counted from Monday until Sunday.
  • In a few countries, days are counted from Sunday until Saturday. Basically it means that the week starts on Sunday as opposed to Monday in Netherlands.
  • In Islamic nations, days are counted from Friday until Thursday although in end of 2021, a few of the countries such as the UAE is changing to Monday to Sunday.

 

Abbreviations for days of the week

Easy peasy… There are two kinds of abbreviation for days of the week in Dutch, with 2 letters and with is only the first two alphabets and with 3 letters which is with the first three alphabets!!!

English Dutch 2 letter Abbreviation 3 letter Abbreviation
Monday maandag Ma Maa
Tuesday dinsdag Di Din
Wednesday woensdag Wo Woe
Thursday Donderdag Do Don
Friday vrijdag Vr Vri
Saturday zaterdag Za Zat
Sunday zondag Zo Zon

 

When to Capitalise Days of the Week?

  • GREAT NEWS FOR YOU!!! The days of the week DO NOT HAVE capital letters.
  • The same rule is extended for the names of months in Dutch.
  • You will have to capitalize in case it’s the first word of the sentence!

 

CONCLUSION

CONGRATS!!! You’ve just learned about the days of the week in Dutch with tons of examples!!!

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