The days of the week in German

The days of the week in German

Ever wondered how to say the days of the week in German? After reading this article, you will know all of them and even be able to tell what you are doing this week!

 

In German, the days are very similar to English. All of them are male and called as follows:

 

German English
der Montag monday
der Dienstag tuesday
der Mittwoch wednesday
der Donnerstag thursday
der Freitag friday
der Samstag / der Sonnabend saturday
der Sonntag sunday

 

This way, you can mention the days but you still cannot say what you are doing on a certain day. In order to tell so, you need to use the days as follows:

 

German English German English
am Montag on Monday montags mondays (every)
am Dienstag on Tuesday dienstags tuesdays
am Mittwoch on Wednesday mittwochs wednesdays
am Donnerstag on Thursday donnerstags thursdays
am Freitag on Friday freitags fridays
am Samstag on Saturday samstags saturdays
am Sonntag on Sunday sonntags sundays

 

Now, as you know the days, we can start building sentences. But there is one thing that we do need to take care of! Adding the day means that we add an adverb and in German grammar the adverb is the best buddy of the verb and therefore, they will always stick together which offers you the following two possibilities of building you sentence:

  1. Ich gehe am Sonntag ins Kino.
  2. Am Sonntag gehe ich ins Kino.

As you can see in the second example, when you start with the date, you need to flip the verb and the subject because – the adverb wants to be next to his best buddy the verb.

Now, let’s see what one can do in one week:

 

  1. Am Montag arbeite ich in der Schule. / Ich arbeite am Montag in der Schule.
  2. Am Dienstag gehen wir ins Restaurant. / Wir gehen am Dienstag ins Restaurant.
  3. Am Mittwoch habe ich um 18 Uhr einen Zahnarzttermin. / Ich habe am Mittwoch um 18 Uhr einen Zahnarzttermin.
  4. Am Donnerstag treffe ich mich mit meiner Mutter. / Ich treffe mich am Donnerstag mit meiner Mutter.
  5. Am Freitag muss ich nur bis 12 Uhr arbeiten. / Ich muss am Freitag nur bis 12 Uhr arbeiten.
  6. Am Samstag kann ich endlich ausschlafen. / Ich kann am Samstag endlich ausschlafen.
  7. Am Sonntag kocht die Familie Spaghetti mit Tomatensauce. / Die Familie kocht am Sonntag Spaghetti mit Tomatensauce.

 

Now, if you would like to report about something that you do every day, this includes the same sentence structure as you can see in the following two examples:

  1. Montags gehe ich zum Sport. / Ich gehe montags zum Sport.
  2. Samstags schlafe ich aus. / Ich schlafe samstags aus.

 

Now, after reading this article you can tell what you are doing on each day of the week! I will be happy if you will let me know so in the comments :).

 

Bis bald!

 

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