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What are the days of the week in French with Pronunciation?

What are the days of the week in French with Pronunciation?

Topics

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

 

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

So you’re a random dude in France (let’s just say you’re called John Wick)… you are in class, happily listening away and suddenly your French 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 French. 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 French! OH NO!!!! For once, John Wick is screwed!

Days of the week in French

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 ——— 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 French and you also need to pronounce them correctly. So in this lesson, we will learn about the seven days of the week in French and how to pronounce them.

 

What are the days of the week in French?

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

Days of the week in French

English French English Sentences French Sentences
Monday lundi On Monday, I visited my friends. Lundi, j’ai rendu visite à mes amis.
Tuesday mardi I hate Tuesday. Je déteste le mardi.
Wednesday mercredi Wednesday is a holiday Mercredi est un jour férié
Thursday jeudi Thursday is the fourth day of the week. Le jeudi est le quatrième jour de la semaine.
Friday vendredi I am getting married on Friday. Je me marie vendredi.
Saturday samedi We will go for a hike on Saturday. Nous irons faire une randonnée samedi.
Sunday dimanche I like to rest on Sunday. J’aime me reposer le dimanche.

 

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 French. Basically it teaches about the order of the days of the week!

English French English Sentences French Sentences
Monday lundi Monday is the first day of the week. Le lundi est le premier jour de la semaine.
Tuesday mardi Tuesday is the second day of the week. Le mardi est le deuxième jour de la semaine.
Wednesday mercredi Wednesday is the third day of the week. Le mercredi est le troisième jour de la semaine.
Thursday jeudi Thursday is the fourth day of the week. Le jeudi est le quatrième jour de la semaine.
Friday vendredi Friday is the fifth day of the week. Le vendredi est le cinquième jour de la semaine.
Saturday samedi Saturday is the sixth day of the week. Le samedi est le sixième jour de la semaine.
Sunday dimanche Sunday is the seventh day of the week. Le dimanche est le septième jour de la semaine.

 

What are the common vocabulary related days of the week in French?

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

English French English Sentences French Sentences
Days of week Jours de la semaine What day of the week is today? Quel jour de la semaine est aujourd’hui ?
Day Jour Monday is my favorite day. Le lundi est mon jour préféré.
Week La semaine This is the third week. C’est la troisième semaine.
Month Mois January is a month. Janvier est un mois.
Year Année She is three years old. Elle a trois ans.
Weekday Jour de la semaine Tuesday is a weekday Le mardi est un jour de semaine
Weekend Fin de semaine or week-end On the Weekend, we are going to France. Le week-end, nous allons en France.
day before yesterday Avant-hier Day before yesterday, I went to the zoo. Avant-hier, je suis allé au zoo.
Yesterday Hier We met yesterday. Nous nous sommes rencontrés hier.
Today Aujourd’hui Today I will eat chicken. Aujourd’hui, je vais manger du poulet.
Tomorrow Demain Shall we meet tomorrow? On se retrouve demain ?
Day after tomorrow Après demain Day after tomorrow, we have an examination. Après-demain, nous avons un examen.
last week La semaine dernière Did you see her last week? Vous l’avez vue la semaine dernière ?
next week la semaine prochaine I have an appointment next week. J’ai rendez-vous la semaine prochaine.

 

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

  • In French, a day is un jour.
  • It’s a masculine noun. We sometimes say la journée(= the day in a feminine form), when we want to refer to something that happens during that time.
  • “la journée” can represent a long period of time when something happens and its not fixed
  • “le jour” is a more fixed unit

 

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

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 in French.

English French Pronounciation
Monday lundi lun-dee
Tuesday mardi mar dee
Wednesday mercredi mare creu dee
Thursday jeudi zheu dee
Friday vendredi von-drer- dee
Saturday samedi sam-dee
Sunday dimanche dee-monsh
Today aujourd’hui oh-zhoor dwee
Yesterday hier ee-air
Tomorrow demain deu-ma
The day before yesterday avant-hier avon-tee-air
The day after tomorrow après-demain appray- deur-ma
In three days time dans trois jours don trwar zhoor
Four days ago il y a quatre jours eel ee are katr zhoor
The next day le lendemain leu londer man
The previous day la veille la vaye
A week une semaine une sir-main

 

Origin of words: Meaning of the Days of the week in French

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

Why is Monday called Lundi in French?

  • Lundi which is the French translation for “Monday” comes from the French word Lune which means “the moon”.
  • Therefore, Monday in French literally translates to “moon-day”.
  • Basically Monday is dedicated to the moon.
  • A more winded Latin explanation is: From Old French lundi, from Latin *Lūnae diēs, variant of diēs Lūnae (“day of the moon”).

 

Why is Tuesday called Mardi in French?

  • The origin of the word Mardi which is the French translation for “Tuesday” comes from the planet Mars.
  • Mardi comes from the Latin phrase Martis diēs “Mars’s day,” so named after Mars, the planet and deity of the third day of the week according to Hellenistic astrology.
  • The name literally translates to “Day of Mars”.

 

Why is Wednesday called Mercredi in French?

  • The origin of the word Mercredi which is the French translation for “Wednesday” comes from the planet Mercury.
  • The name literally translates to “Day of Mercury”.

 

Why is Thursday called Jeudi in French?

  • The origin of the word Jeudi which is the French translation for “Thursday” comes from the planet Jupiter.
  • The name literally translates to “Day of Jupiter”.
  • From Old French jeudi, jusdi, from Latin Jovis diēs or Iovis diēs, variant of diēs Iovis (“day of Jupiter”).

 

Why is Friday called Vendredi in French?

  • The origin of the word Vendredi which is the French translation for “Friday” comes from the planet Venus.
  • The name literally translates to “Day of Venus”.

 

What is the meaning of Samedi (or Saturday) in French?

  • Samedi originates from the Greek word sambaton which is related to “Sabbath”.
  • The name literally translates to “Day of Sabbath”.

 

What is the meaning of Dimanche (or Sunday) in French?

  • French word dimanche comes from Latin diem, and later Latin dies Dominica (Sunday.)
  • The name literally translates to “Day of God”.

 

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

  • In France, 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 France.
  • In Islamic nations, days are counted from Friday until Thursday.

 

days of the week abbreviations in French

Easy peasy… There are two kinds of abbreviation for days of the week in French, with 2 letters and with is only the first two alphabets.

English French 2 letter Abbreviation 3 letter Abbreviation
Monday lundi Lu Lu
Tuesday mardi Ma Mar
Wednesday mercredi Me Mer
Thursday jeudi Je Jeu
Friday vendredi Ve Ven
Saturday samedi Sa Sam
Sunday dimanche Di Dim

 

When to Capitalise Days in French

Capital or Small - French Days
Capital or Small – French Days
  • GREAT NEWS FOR YOU!!! The days of the week in French DO NOT HAVE capital letters.
  • The same rule is extended for the names of months in French.

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