Languages › German Learn How to Say the Days of the Week in German Share Flipboard Email Print WIN-Initiative/Getty Images German Vocabulary History & Culture Pronunciation & Conversation Grammar By Hyde Flippo German Expert Hyde Flippo taught the German language for 28 years at high school and college levels and published several books on the German language and culture. our editorial process Hyde Flippo Updated February 21, 2020 The names for the seven days of the week originally came from the Babylonians (Babylonier) who named them for the sun, the moon and the five planetary gods. (Other cultures have had between five and ten days in a week.) 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. For instance, the Babylonian Marduk, the god of war, was Ares in Greek and Mars in Latin. To the Germanic tribes the god of war was Ziu. So Latin dies marti (Tuesday, "Mars Day") became "mardi" in French, "martes" in Spanish, but ziostag in Old High German, or Dienstag in modern German. English adipted Saturn-Day (Saturday), but German used Germanic forms for the days. Below are the seven days of the week in their Latin, Germanic and English forms. By the way, the European week begins on Monday, not Sunday, as in North America. (Also see our Date and Time Glossary, which includes the calendar.) Tage der Woche LATEIN DEUTSCH ENGLISCH dies lunae Montag(Mond-Tag) Mondaymoon day (lunar) dies marti(Mars) Dienstag(Zies-Tag) Tuesday dies mercuri Mittwoch(mid-week) Wednesday(Wodan's day) dies iovis(Jupiter/Jove) Donnerstag(thunder-day) Thursday(Thor's day) dies veneris(Venus) Freitag(Freya-Tag) Friday(Freya's day) dies saturni Samstag/Sonnabend("Sunday eve" isused for Saturdayin No. Germany) Saturday(Saturn day) dies solis Sonntag(Sonne-Tag) Sundaysun day (solar) Learn the Months, Seasons, Days, and Dates in German How the English Days of the Week Got Their Names Date and Time Vocabulary in German These Prepositions Take the Genitive Case in German A List of English to German Translations of the Countries of the World The Beatles' Only German Recordings "Mack the Knife" Lyrics in German How to Conjugate the German Verb 'Sein' A Few 'Hundekommandos' (Dog Commands) in German Which Countries Speak German? Parts of the Body German for Beginners Lesson Roy Black's Version of "Jingle Bells" in German How to Write Personal Letters in German Animal Sounds in German With English Translations German for Beginners: Study Tips Where Does the Word 'German' Come From?