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Vocabulary - What Day is It?

This Spanish Easy Review vocabulary quiz is going to cover the days of the week. There is one main, major difference between writing the days of the week in English and writing them in Spanish. That difference has to do with capitalization. In English, we capitalize the days of the week. In Spanish you have the choice to capitalize or not capitalize the days depending upon the circumstances in which they appear. Generally, however, they are not capitalized. The circumstances in which they would be capitalized is when they come at the beginning of a sentence. For example, in English we would say 'Today is Monday.' In Spanish it would be 'Today is lunes.' However, if you were to say 'Monday is here.' In Spanish it would be 'Lunes is here.' The condition makes it acceptable to capitalize it.

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Below is a listing of the days of the week. Practice saying each one and become familiar with them. Become so familiar that when you hear them you think in Spanish and not in English.

English Spanish Pronounced (Phonetically) As:
Monday lunes lew-ness
Tuesday martes mar-tĕs
Wednesday miércoles mē-air-cō-less
Thursday jueves hway-vĕs (blend the 'h' and 'w' sounds together)
Friday viernes vē-air-nĕss
Saturday sábado să-bă-dō
Sunday domingo dō-ming-gō

As with every Spanish quiz, it is very important that you spend time reviewing each Spanish word and saying them with the proper pronunciation. Becoming familiar with their spelling, and any accent marks, is also critical. Once you feel that you are familiar with each day in Spanish, move on to the quiz questions below and see if you can find the right day for each question.

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  1. Most Christians go to church on this day.
    Most Christians go to church on Sunday. In Spanish that is domingo.
  2. Many people eat fish on this day.
    Many people eat fish on Friday. In Spanish that is viernes.
  3. Labor Day always falls on this day.
    Labor Day always falls on a Monday. In Spanish that is lunes.
  4. Mardi Gras is also known as Fat ____.
    Mardi Gras is also known as Fat Tuesday. In Spanish that is martes.
  5. The middle of the work week that is also known as 'hump day' is ____.
    The middle of the work week that is also known as 'hump day' is Wednesday. In Spanish that is miércoles.
  6. On sábado the Scouts were going to do a community service project.
    Sábado is Spanish for Saturday.
  7. Thanksgiving Day always falls on this day of the week.
    Thanksgiving Day always falls on a Thursday. In Spanish that is jueves.
  8. We are going to have a sleep-over on viernes.
    Viernes is Spanish for Friday.
  9. In our house we always had spaghetti on miércoles.
    Miércoles is Spanish for Wednesday.
  10. I like to be lazy on domingo.
    Domingo is Spanish for Sunday.

Author: Christine G. Broome

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