3. FAQS for learning the French days of the week
Before we proceed with useful sentences containing days of the week, let’s see some of the most popular questions that are common amongst our students:
Are days of the week masculine or feminine in French?
Days of the week are always masculine in French. You will very often find them following the masculine article “le”, which corresponds to “the”. “Un” is also the translation for the singular “a” and will be common.
Do you capitalize days of the week in French?
No, they never get capitalized and neither do French months, for that matter.
How do you abbreviate days of the week in French?
All days of the week from Monday to Sunday are generally abbreviated as follows:
- Lundi -> lun
- Mardi -> mar
- Mercredi -> mer
- Jeudi -> jeu
- Vendredi -> ven
- Samedi -> sam
- Dimanche -> dim
How do I pronounce sounds that end with “n”, such as in “lundi”, “vendredi” or “dimanche”?
Small clusters such as “an”, “en”, “in”, “on”, or “un” are what we call nasal vowels. Why “nasal”? Because in order to make these sounds, some air has to go through your nose – and that is why the “o” in words such as “got” or “bond” can get a slightly different tinge.
Try practicing all the nasal vowels in the following words by repeating the English example, letting as much air go through your nose as possible:
- Lundi -> “un” such as in “fun”
- Vendredi -> “en” such as “want”
- Dimanche -> “an” such as “want”
Once you have mastered those sounds, there’s one last step to take care of: instead of bringing your tongue to the roof of your mouth to create this “n” sound, such as in “want”... Simply don’t!
The airflow is what will do the job when pronouncing the days of the week in French. While it may sound a bit counterintuitive at first, this valuable practice will make your communication much more powerful.