DID YOU KNOW .... Some of los días de la semana (the days of the week) are named after planets and gods? For example, Monday is named after the moon in English and in Spanish – lunes (la luna is 'the moon'). Martes (Tuesday) is named after Marte – Mars.
lunes - Monday
martes - Tuesday
miércoles - Wednesday
jueves - Thursday
viernes - Friday
sábado - Saturday
domingo - Sunday
Did you notice that the days of the week don’t have capital letters in Spanish?
Interesting fact! Una semana (a week) is seven days just like it is here, but a fortnight in Spanish is quince días which actually means 15 days!
una semana - a week
quince días - a fortnight (literally, 15 days)
Spanish people have a week like people in the UK, working and going to school through la semana (the week) and having time off at el fin de semana (the weekend).
Because they have a long lunchtime in Spain, la mañana (the morning) lasts from about 9am - 2pm and la tarde (the afternoon) carries on into what we might call evening, until about 8pm. La noche (the night) doesn’t start until very late!
la semana - the week
el fin de semana - the weekend
la mañana - the morning (9am – 2pm)
la tarde - the afternoon (2pm – about 8pm)
la noche - the night
La mañana is 'the morning' but mañana means 'tomorrow'. So mañana por la mañana means 'tomorrow morning'!
mañana - tomorrow
mañana por la mañana - tomorrow morning
hoy - today
ayer - yesterday