How to Say the Days of the Week in German

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Week in German
Week in German

Most of the western Romance languages adopted these terms via Greek and Latin. But the Germanic languages (German and English among them) took on the Teutonic forms.

Below are the seven days of the week in their Germanic and English forms. By the way, the European week begins on Monday, not Sunday, as in North America. Tage der Woche:

DEUTSCH ENGLISCH
Montag
(Mond-Tag)
Monday
moon day (lunar)
Dienstag
(Zies-Tag)
Tuesday
Mittwoch
(mid-week)
Wednesday
(Wodan’s day)
Donnerstag
(thunder-day)
Thursday
(Thor’s day)
Freitag
(Freya-Tag)
Friday
(Freya’s day)
Samstag/Sonnabend
(“Sunday eve” is
used for Saturday
in No. Germany)
Saturday
(Saturn day)
Sonntag
(Sonne-Tag)
Sunday
sun day (solar)

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