How to Pronounce Days of the Week

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How old were you when you first learned the say the days of the week?
Who taught you?
Was it your parents? Your ESL teacher? Your favorite TV show?

Whoever it was, days of the week is one of the first things we learn in English.
And.. since these words are so so basic… have you ever considered the way you pronounce words like Sunday, Thursday or Saturday? Words that you use on a daily basis?

I invite you to watch today’s video and listen with fresh ears to how these words are pronounced.

Let me know in the comments below what day is the most difficult for you to pronounce!

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Hey, it’s Hadar, and

this is the Accent’s Way.

Today, I’m gonna teach you how to say the

Days of the Week.

So it’s pretty simple,

they all end with day.

To say the word day, you

want to start with a D sound,

and then it’s ei as in day.

So if you don’t have the ei

diphthong in your language,

you’re probably pronouncing is as de, de.

You have to reach an I

sound at the end, dei,

and see that there is transition

from one sound to another.

Dei.

The day is always the unstressed part.

So whatever comes first,

the first syllable of the

days of the week, is

always higher in pitch.

So let’s start with Sunday.

Sunday, you start with an S

and then it’s a cup sound, cup.

A cup is a stressed schwa.

So you really don’t need to

do anything to make the sound,

just push the voice out and don’t

open your mouth so much for it.

Cup, suhn, suhn-dei, Sunday.

The next word is Monday,

although there is an O,

it’s not an ow, Mownday,

but muhn, like month.

Like cup, like sun, a

stressed schwa, a cup sound.

The tongue is pushed

forward, the lips are relaxed

completely, don’t round then.

Muhn, muhn, muhn-dei.

Then we have Tuesday,

here just think of saying

the word tu, tu.

You can also say

tyuwz-dei, but I recommend

you say tu, tu.

It’s more contemporary, tu.

So it’s a tʰ sound, there

is a small breath there

like an H because it’s

an aspirated T at the

beginning of words, that’s what happens.

Tʰ, tʰ.

And then it’s the uw as in food.

So there is transition

there and then I close it

with a round uw sound.

Tuw, tuw.

And then a Z sound.

Tuwz, tuwz, dei.

Tuesday, Tuesday.

Wednesday, Wednesday.

It is not wed – ends – day,

but wen, as in when was the party?

A Z sound again, and dei.

Wenz-dei.

We, drop your jaw a little

bit for the e sound,

so it’s not super closed.

We, we, wenz-dei.

And make sure to go through the diphthong

of the ei as in day.

Imagine like you have a

little yuh sound at the end.

Wednesday.

Thursday is always a tricky

word for non-native speakers

because you have the TH sound and the R,

and all of it in one word, Thursday.

So start with the tongue out for the TH

and then pull it in for

an R, th’r, directly.

It’s not there, it’s not

thuwr, it’s a soft TH

and then you pull it for an

R and push your lips forward.

Th’r, th’r.

And then again a Z

sound, and then the dei.

Th’rz-dei

By the way I have a video just about

Tuesday versus Thursday if you’re

getting these two confused,

so you can check it out on the link below.

Friday, here it’s an F sound that is

moving directly for an R.

So my tip here would be to

bring the tip of the tongue

up for the R, er, make sure

the tongue is not touching

anything and the lips are rounded.

And then just pronounce

the F sound for the R, fr.

As your tongue is waiting there for the R,

Fr, fr, then drop your jaw

quite open and then pronounce

the ai as in my.

Frai, frai, and again,

finish it up with dei.

Frai-dei, frai-dei.

And lastly, Saturday, Saturday.

Three syllables.

The first one is sa, sa, that’s

also the primary syllable

so it’s going to be longer

and higher in pitch.

Sa-d’r, flap t and a schwa.

Sa-d’r, not sa-ter, but sa-d’r.

Sa-d’r, and then dei at the end.

Sa-d’r-dei.

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday,

Wednesday, Thursday,

Friday, Saturday.

That’s it, I hope this was helpful.

Let me know in the comments below,

what is the one day that

you struggle with its

pronunciation the most?

And also tell me, what is

your favorite day of the week?

I really wanna know.

Have a great week, don’t

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I’ll see you next week in the next video.

Bye!

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7 Comments on “How to Pronounce Days of the Week”

  1. Hi Hadar:

    I finally know how to say Saturday with the N.Y accent. I will explain by writing it this way, Sadder dei.

    Thanks

  2. hi,this is a great video,thank a ton ! you’re a wonderful teacher.my favorite day of the week is friday because it is one step from the weekend.do people speak currently english in tel aviv with the amercan accent ? i’m from paris

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