Knowing the days of the week in Spanish is fundamental to talking about the everyday basics. It is also essential if you wish to survive in any Spanish-speaking country, or even more importantly, to survive any Spanish meeting, exam, or speaking class you might have.
If not, how would you ever be able to know when the next “El clásico” (Barcelona vs Madrid) is going to be?
The good news is, this article will help you remember days of the week in Spanish in 10 minutes! Without further ado, let’s dive into los días de la semana!
Days of the Week in Spanish
But please note that even though they seem easy to remember on the table, there are some grammatical rules you must be very aware of.
Yes, I know, in Spanish it seems that almost everything is governed by complex and unpredictable grammatical laws. But don’t worry, I promise the ones outlined here will be easier than subjuntivo.
I am going to explain them to you so easily and clearly that after you finish this article you will be a pro at using the days of the week in Spanish.
Rules of using days of the week in Spanish
1- Unlike in English, in Spanish, the days of the week ARE NOT capitalized.
Eg: Mónica empezó a aprender español el lunes
(Monica started to learn Spanish on Monday)
2- If the name of a day of the week ends in –s, its plural and singular form will be the same:
Eg: Mónica va a clases de español los lunes / Mónica tuvo un examen de español el lunes
(Monica goes to Spanish classes on Mondays / Monica had an exam of Spanish on Monday)
A todo el mundo le gustan los sábados. No tengo planes para este sábado.
(Everybody loves Saturdays. I do not have any plans for this Saturday).
3- In Spanish, unlike in English, the names of the week are generally preceded by their corresponding article (el/los, un/unos).
Eg: Me gustan los lunes. Voy a viajar a Barcelona el martes.
(I like Mondays. I am going to travel to Barcelona on Tuesday)
4- In Spanish, all the days of the week are MASCULINE nouns, and therefore they should be grammatically treated as such.
Eg: Todo empezó un lunes de agosto. Tengo clases el lunes. Ese día es conocido como “el lunes rojo”.
(Everything started on a Monday in August. I have classes on Monday. That day is known as “the red Monday”)
See? They are really easy to master. As a rule of thumb, just treat them grammatically like you would treat any other nouns in Spanish, since their rules are pretty similar.
How to remember the days of the week in Spanish?
Using the language on a regular basis will definitely be the best way to learn and memorize a lot of vocabulary, including the days of the week. The more you are exposed to these words, the faster you will effortlessly learn them.
However, there are some shortcuts you can try to ensure all of this happens faster.
Learn Spanish days of the week with songs (music mnemonics)
Songs are an easy and popular way to remember things. We can remember rhythms very easily, and that’s what in turn will indirectly make us remember the target words.
Here you have two songs about the weeks of the day in Spanish, choose the one that sounds better to you.
You can even put them in replay and play them in the background while you do other things.
Use Acronyms (name mnemonics):
We take the first letter of each day of the week and form a new word, which we try to memorize. In this case, the resulting word would be LMMJVSD.
However, it does not sound to pronounceable, right? We can grab the beginning of each word instead.
(Lunes, Martes, Miércoles, Jueves, Viernes, Sábado, Domingo)
Now we can focus on memorizing “LUMAMIJUVISADO” instead.
Image and visualization mnemonics
We can take the words and use images and visualizations to remember them.
For instance, we could visualize a special image for each day of the week (which should be related to it somehow).
For instance, for SAturday, (Sábado) we could imagine a satellite, since both words (satellite and Saturday) start by SA.
I am leaving a list of suggested visualizations for you below:
-Lunes (Monday): Imagine a “looser” (since lunes starts by LU).
-Martes (Tuesday): Imagine a “martian” (since martes starts by MAR)
-Miércoles (Wednesday): Imagine a “miracle” (since miércoles starts by MI)
-Jueves (Thursday): Imagine the “Juventus” football team (since both start by JU, plus they also sound very similar)
-Viernes (Friday): Imagine a “Visa” (since viernes starts by VI)
-Sábado (Saturday): Imagine a satellite (since sábado starts by SA)
-Domingo (Sunday): Imagine a “Domestic animal” (since domestic and domingo both start by DOM).
You can also be creative and invent your own ways to remember these words. The end goal is to memorize them!
Real-life sentences using Spanish days of the week
We have already seen a lot of theory. Now let’s see some real-life examples of using days of the week in Spanish!
Me gustaría visitarte el lunes -à I would like to visit you on Monday
Los días de la semana en español son fáciles de aprender -> The days of the week in Spanish are easy to learn
Lo hago cada día, de lunes a domingo -> I do it every day, from Monday to Sunday
El lunes iré al médico -> I will go to the doctor on Monday
Voy a la escuela cada jueves -> I go to school each Tuesday
Me gustan los sábados, pero odio los domingos -> I like Saturdays, but I hate Monday
He tenido un día horrible, es el lunes más negro de mi vida -> I had a terrible day, it is the darkest Monday of my life
¿Cuándo estará listo?, estará listo el domingo à When will it be ready? It will be ready on Sunday
A last trick to learn the days of the week
There you go! Seven simple Spanish words you can use every day. Be it scheduling, journaling, or choosing a day to go out, you can not mark your days in Spanish.
Remember, the best trick to truly learn these words is by using and practicing. Ready to practice using Spanish days of the week? Start here with LingoDeer app!