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Days of the week in French : les jours de la semaine

In this lesson, you will learn how to say the days of the week in French which will be very useful for talking about your daily routine, discussing the date, or making plans.  You will also learn French words like morning, afternoon, or evening in French which are moments of the day.

1. How to say the days of the week in French?

Le jour is the French word for the day. La semaine is the equivalent of the week.


The days of the week are :

  • lundi : Monday

  • mardi : Tuesday

  • mercredi : wednesday

  • jeudi : thrusday

  • vendredi : friday

  • samedi : Saturday

  • dimanche : Sunday.

In French language, the gender of the days of the week is masculine. Unlike in English, days are not written with capital letters. The same goes for the months of the year.

It's important to note that in general they are not used with articles when they indicate a date.

Example :

  • Aujourd'hui nous sommes lundi. => Today we are Monday.

But when they express something frequent or usual, we add the article.

  • Le samedi (chaque samedi), je vais au parc avec mes enfants. => On Saturdays, I go to the park with my children.

Days of the week in French jours de la s

2. Which day of the week is it today?


If you want to ask which day of the week it is, you just say :

  • On est quel jour aujourd'hui ? (informal)

  • Quel jour sommes-nous aujourd'hui? (formal)

The answer will be :

  • Nous sommes mardi

  • On est mardi

  • C'est mardi.

3. How to say morning, afternoon or evening: moments of a day


As in English,  days can be divided into several parts :

  • le matin : morning

  • midi : noon

  • l'après-midi : afternoon

  • le soir : evening

  • la nuit : night

  • minuit : midnight

  • le week-end : week-end.

  • la matinée : morning time

  • la journée : daytime

  • la soirée : night time


  • Le matin, je me douche et je m'habille => In the morning, I shower and dress up.

  • À midi, je déjeune avec mes collègues => At noon, I have lunch with my colleagues

  • Le soir, je rentre à la maison. => In the evening, I return home.

4. The Days before today and after

Today is translated as aujourd'hui in French. Let's start with the days before today.

  • hier : yesterday

  • avant-hier : the day before yesterday

  • dernier /dernière : last (lundi dernier = last Monday)

Let's see how to say the days after today

  • demain : tomorrow

  • après-demain : the day after tomorrow

  • prochain (e) : next (mardi prochain = next tuesday)

5. Quiz to test your knowledge

Take the quiz below to practice on the weekdays in French language and check your knowledge level.Happy practicing!

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