Talking about Days of the Week in Spanish

LOS DÍAS DE LA SEMANA or the days of the week in Spanish are very easy to learn and remember. In this lesson, you will learn how to say the days of the week and how to use them in simple sentences and questions. We have included a nice video about this topic and some short conversations as well. These conversations will help you learn the vocabulary in real situations and they are also a great opportunity to practice Spanish listening. 

Introductory video: The 7 days of the week in Spanish – Los días de la semana

This short video includes a list of days in Spanish and also several useful phrases and questions related to them that will be used in conversations later. The expression LOS DIAS DE LA SEMANA corresponds to the days of the week in Spanish. A simple variation could be LOS SIETE DIAS DE LA SEMANA (adding the number SIETE to the expression). Make sure you understand the content of the video as it will certainly be useful throughout the lesson. If you need to translate or check writing, please activate the closed captions (cc).

Talking about days of the week in Spanish: phrases and conversations

Writing the days of the week in Spanish

The seven days of the week in Spanish are: lunes, martes, miércoles, jueves, viernes, sábado y domingo. Notice that you must not capitalize days of the week in Spanish. Most of the time, we will use the definite articles EL and LOS before days in Spanish.

Days of the week in Spanish - Los días de la semana
Los días de la semana

Asking for and saying days in Spanish

The word “Días” is used for saying days in Spanish. In order to ask “What day is today?” in Spanish, you can use the question: ¿Qué día es hoy? (What day is today?). To respond, you will need the phrase “Hoy es + día”, for example: Hoy es lunes (today is Monday). As we mentioned in the video, it is also important to know how to adapt this phrase for the past tense and future tense to say what day yesterday was and so forth. Basically, the verb SER will change to FUE for past days and to SERÁ for future days in Spanish. It is optional to add the time word “Hoy” (today), “Ayer” (yesterday) and “Mañana” (tomorrow). Here are some examples saying days in Spanish plus the first conversation sample.

1. Hoy es + día de la semana, e.g. Hoy es lunes.
2. Ayer era/FUE + día de la semana, e.g. Ayer era domingo.
3. Mañana ES/ Mañana será + día de la semana, e.g. Mañana es martes.

Example No. 1

  • Luciano: Estoy confundido. ¿Qué día es hoy?
  • Taty: Hoy es martes Luciano.
  • Luciano: ¡Gracias!
Read English translation

Luciano: I am confused. What day is today?

Taty: Today is Tuesday Luciano

Luciano: Thanks!

My favorite day of the week in Spanish…

Sometimes people will ask about your favorite day of the week in Spanish using “¿Cuál es tu día favorito de la semana?”. We must add a definite article(EL, LA, LOS, LAS) before the day when it is the subject of the sentence. This means that for Friday, we have to say “El viernes” not just “Viernes”. On the other hand, we omit these articles when the days of the week in Spanish are used after expressions like HOY ES, AYER FUE and so on.

Example No. 2

  • Taty: ¿Cuál es tu día favorito de la semana?
  • Luciano: (Es) el viernes
  • Taty: ¿Por qué?
  • Luciano: Porque puedo ver a mi novia.
Read English translation
Taty: What is your favorite day of the week?
Luciano: It is Friday
Taty: Why?
Luciano: Because I can see my girlfriend

The day of an event and describing days in Spanish

In order to ask about the day of an event, we can use “¿Cuándo es + evento?” (when is + event) as in ¿Cuándo es tu cumpleaños? and “¿Cuándo es la reunión?”. People will reply to this question using days of the week in Spanish and sometimes complete dates. You can confirm the day of an event with a question like this “¿El evento/cumpleaños es el lunes?”. In addition, you can use the definite articles in singular or plural form so “El lunes” is equal to “Los lunes”. Remember to use SER with adjectives to describe your day in Spanish, e.g. “Hoy es un día ocupado” and “El viernes es entretenido/ Los viernes son entretenidos”. Listen to two more conversations using these and other basic phrases with days of the week in Spanish.

Example No. 3

  • Luciano: ¿Cuándo es la reunión Taty?
  • Taty: La reunión es el próximo lunes
  • Luciano: ¿De veras? ¿No es el miércoles?
  • Taty: No, ellos cambiaron el día.
Read English translation
Luciano: When is the meeting Taty?
Taty: The meeting is next Monday
Luciano: Really? Isn’t is on Wednesday?
Taty: No, they changed the day

Example No. 4

  • Luciano: Los jueves son muy ocupados aquí.
  • Taty: Yo creo que el viernes es mas ocupado.
  • Luciano: Quizás
Read English translation
Luciano: Thursday is a busy day here.
Taty: I think Friday is busier
Luciano: Maybe

Asking about plans in Spanish…

The last conversation includes a little about future plans. To ask about plans for a specific day, you can use the question “¿Cuales son tus planes para… + the day?” (what are your plans for…), for example: “¿Cuáles son tus planes para el sábado?”. To respond to this type of questions, we will normally use “Yo voy a + an activity” as in “El lunes, yo voy a estudiar español”.

  • Taty: ¿Cuáles son tus planes para el fin de semana?
  • Luciano: El sábado voy a estudiar y el domingo voy a dormir todo el día.
  • Taty: Yo voy a ir a visitar a mis padres.
Read English translation
Taty: What are your plans for the weekend?
Luciano: On Saturday I am going to study, and I will sleep all day on Sunday.
Taty: I am going to visit my parents.

Listening activity No. 1: My favorite days of the week in Spanish

Listen to a conversation between two friends who are talking about their favorite days of the week in Spanish in their workplace. Pay attention to the way they use days of the week, “días de la semana”, in their conversation. Take notes of the information you consider important.

Key expressions in the coversation:
1.Hoy comenzamos a trabajar de nuevo means “we start working again today”
2.¿Sabes cuando es…? means do you know when is…?

Read conversation script: The days in Spanish
Ana: Hoy es lunes ¿verdad?
José: Sí, así es. Hoy comenzamos a trabajar de nuevo.
Ana: Sí. ¿Cuál es tu día favorito de la semana?
José: Me gusta el sábado porque puedo ver a mi familia.
Ana: Mi día favorito es el domingo porque puedo descansar todo el día.
José: Uhmm… ese es un buen día también. Ana ¿Sabes cuando es la reunión?
Ana: Sí, la reunión es este miércoles y el jueves hay una conferencia.
José: Tenemos una semana ocupada entonces
Ana: Sí, eso parece.

Listening activity No. 2: ¿Qué día es hoy?

Fill in the gaps with the information provided in the recording about days of the week in Spanish.

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