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) How to Say the Months, Dates, Seasons, and Days in German How the English Days of the Week Got Their Names How Do You Say the Date and Time in German? Traditional Holiday Terms in German How Do You Translate the World's Countries From English to German? Can You Sing '99 Red Balloons' in German, the Way It Was Written? German Colors (Farben) English: German Color Chart What's the Difference Between Samstag, Sonnabend and Sonntag? Why Germans Revere Shakespeare How to Use the Passive Voice in German Dog Commands (Hundekommandos) in German How to Write Personal Letters in German Saying "Happy Birthday" in German The Basics of German Present Tense Verbs The Simple Past in German Where Is German Spoken? Wo Spricht Man Deutsch?