Days in a week

How to express days in a week

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KanjiVocabularyDays in a week

Kanji

Gold, Money

Soil, Earth, Ground

Weekday

Vocabulary

何曜日

What day

月曜日

Monday

火曜日

Tuesday

水曜日

Wednesday

木曜日

Thursday

金曜日

Friday

土曜日

Saturday

日曜日

Sunday

Days in a week

The table below shows all of the days in week and their kanji. The word for each day can be divided into two parts: the first kanji and 曜日ようび. The first kanji refers to different astronomical objects (planets, sun, moon), and 曜日ようび just means "day of the week". The word 何曜日なんようび can also be used to ask "what day".

Moon月曜日げつようびMonday
Fire火曜日かようびTuesday
Water水曜日すいようびWednesday
Wood木曜日もくようびThursday
Gold金曜日きんようびFriday
Soil土曜日どようびSaturday
Sun日曜日にちようびSunday

Abbreviations

When listing the days of the week, it is common to use only the first kanji such as 火金かきん, 水木金土日すいもくきんどうにち or 月水金げっすいきん.

  • 土日どにち友達ともだちあそびます。
  • I will hang out with my friends on Saturday and Sunday.
  • 火水木かすいもく大学だいがくがあります。
  • I have the university on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

It's also common to omit the last kanji as it is obvious such as 土曜どよう and 月曜げつよう.

  • 日曜にちよう家族かぞくでごはんべにきました。
  • I went to have dinner with my family on Sunday.
  • 金曜きんようやすみます。
  • I will take a day off on Friday.
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