Looking to learn days in Japanese? Monday? Tuesday?
You will with this quick and easy guide. You’ll also learn days of the month in Japanese. And all kinds of relevant words.
First, we’ll start with the days of the week in Japanese.
By the way, since you’re learning Japanese…
…you NEED to LISTEN to Japanese.
So, here’s a fun audio lesson where you’ll learn some basic words and greetings. Press play and listen below right now.
- Lesson #1 – Say Hello in Japanese No Matter the Time of Day
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Days of the Week in Japanese
The good news? All days of the week in Japanese follow a simple pattern.
They all contain “youbi” or “曜日” in Japanese.
If you’re a beginner and if you hear a “youbi,” that’s how you know you heard some day of the week in Japanese.
So, here’s the list of the days of the week in Japanese.
- Monday – 月曜日 – Getsuyoubi
- Tuesday – 火曜日 – Kayoubi
- Wednesday – 水曜日 – Suiyoubi
- Thursday – 木曜日 – Mokuyoubi
- Friday – 金曜日 – Kinyoubi
- Saturday- 土曜日 – Doyoubi
- Sunday – 日曜日 – Nichiyoubi
Now you know days in Japanese.
As a bonus, here are two more words you need to know. Because the weekend is part of the week too.
- 土日 – Donichi – Saturday & Sunday (or the weekend)
- If you’re clever, you’ll notice that “donichi” is just a combination of the first kanji from Saturday (土 – do) and Sunday (日 – nichi).
- 週末 – Shuumatsu – Weekend
Okay, now you know the days of the week in Japanese.
What’s next? These bonus words.
Bonus Words for Days in Japanese
Now, aside from Monday and Tuesday, there are other Japanese words you should know.
Like, “today,” “tomorrow” and “the day after tomorrow.”
Here they are.
- today – 今日 – kyou
- tomorrow – 明日 – ashita
- yesterday – 昨日 – kinou
- the day before yesterday – おととい – ototoi
- the day after tomorrow – あさって – asatte
- weekday – 平日 – heijitsu
- holiday (day off) – 休日 – kyuujitsu
- Yasumi is also acceptable
- day off – 休み – yasumi
- every day – 毎日 – mainichi
- someday – いつか – itsuka
- As in, “someday, I will learn Japanese.”
- one day – ある日 – aru hi
- As in, “One day, I woke up and decided to learn Japanese.”
So now you know the days in Japanese plus some relevant vocabulary.
Now, let’s move onto the days of the month in Japanese.
Days of the Month in Japanese
Counting days in Japanese. Is it as easy as the first, the second or 15th of the month? Well… Not really.
If you already know Japanese numbers…
…you’re sort of almost there.
You’re very close to mastering the days of the month.
There are variations that you need to memorize.
For example, the 1st of a month isn’t called “the first” or “ichi” but rather “tsuitachi.” And the 10th of the month doesn’t use “juu” which means “10.” It’s “tooka.”
But when you get to the 10s and 20s, most of them follow an easy formula.
So, take a look below at the Japanese days of the month.
|1||ついたち||Tsuitachi||11||じゅういちにち||Juuichi nichi||21||にじゅういちにち||nijuuichi nichi|
|2||ふつか||Futsuka||12||じゅうににち||juuni nichi||22||にじゅうににち||nijuuni nichi|
|3||みっか||Mikka||13||じゅうさんにち||juusan nichi||23||にじゅうさんにち||nijuusan nichi|
|5||いつか||Itsuka||15||じゅうごにち||juugo nichi||25||にじゅうごにち||nijuugo nichi|
|6||むいか||Muika||16||じゅうろくにち||juuroku nichi||26||にじゅうろくにち||nijuuroku nichi|
|7||なのか||Nanoka||17||じゅうしちにち||juushichi nichi||27||にじゅうしちにち||nijuushichi nichi|
|8||ようか||Youka||18||じゅうはちにち||juuhachi nichi||28||にじゅうはちにち||nijuuhachi nichi|
|9||ここのか||Kokonoka||19||じゅうくにち||juuku nichi||29||にじゅうくにち||nijuuku nichi|
You will need to memorize the blue ones. Mostly from 1 to 10. But 11 and up are fairly easy.
From 11 and up, most follow this formula:
- [number in japanese] + [nichi]
- 11 is juuichi + nichi = juuichi ichi
- 12 is juuni + nichi = juuni nichi
- 25 is nijuugo + nichi = nijuugo nichi
The only ones that don’t follow the formula and need memorization are:
- 14 – juuyokka
- 20 – hatsuka
- 24 – nijuuyokka
So, learning the days of the month in Japanese is just a matter of memorization. Or reviewing a lot. It’s not hard. But with enough reviews and glances you’ll get it.
So, print this lesson or save that image I have above.
Now, let’s use the Japanese days of the month in action.
Here are some common phrases to use.
- Christmas is December 25th.
- Kurisumasu wa juunigatsu nijuugonichi desu.
- My birthday is August 21st.
- Watashi no tanjoubi wa, hachigatsu no nijuuichinichi desu.
- Get my lesson on Japanese birthdays here.
- It’s April first.
- Shigatsu tsuitachi desu.
Now you know all the days in Japanese. Plus, you know the complicated days of the month too.
If you want to master all of these fun words and phrases, print this page out. Or, copy out the words into a notebook and write them again and again.
That fun stuff really works.
– Written by the Main Junkie
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