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- Inconsistencies: irregularities or differences that make something less perfect or predictable
- Pronunciation: the way a word is spoken or the act of saying words correctly
- Influenced: affected or changed by something or someone
- Celestial: relating to the sky or outer space
- Interchangeable: able to be used in place of each other, easily switched or replaced
- Fluency: the ability to speak or write a language easily, smoothly, and accurately
- Goddesses: female gods or divine beings in mythology
- Anglo-Saxons: a group of people who lived in England from the 5th century, with Germanic origins
- Vikings: seafaring warriors and traders from the late 8th to early 11th century, mainly from Scandinavia
- Norse: relating to the people, language, or culture of Scandinavia, especially ancient Norway and Iceland
Hi there. Recently I gave you a podcast 617, on the origins of the English language, how mixed up English is. It's a mix of lots of languages and how this explains the inconsistencies in English. Well, I promised you a shorter podcast on the days of the week and the origins of the weekday names in English and here it is.
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Let's look at some of the differences between the weekdays in English and some other European languages. If nothing else, this podcast may make you laugh or cry or at least amuse you, as I'm going to attempt to pronounce the days of the week in languages, I don't speak. So have a look on YouTube or on Spotify if you want to see me do that on video.
You can watch me struggle with this pronunciation and find out that I'm just as prone to pronunciation errors as you are, when I'm in a different language. And while you're doing all that and listening to this podcast, your brain will be doing its English language practice. Brilliant!
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Okay, so this is possibly one of the first things that you learn when you start to learn English - the days of the week, along with the months of the year. So you probably know already Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
And your days of the week may sound something similar or be completely different, depending upon what your language is.
The one to watch in English is, of course, 'Wednesday'. Children in British school learn to say Wed-Nes-Day, so that helps them remember the spelling, W E D N E S D A Y - 'Wednesday'.
So the story of some of our days of the week starts with the Romans. And the language of the Romans was Latin, L A T I N. And this has become part of the English language because the Romans invaded and were a big influence for hundreds of years. And Latin also came into the English language as Christianity arrived too. That's later on in history. The Romans called their days of the week after the planets. That's P L A N E T S or Celestial Bodies. The planets make up our solar system and they have names like Jupiter, Mars, and Saturn.
And like those ones, many of the planets are called after Roman gods and goddesses. So Saturday is so-called in honour of the planet and the god Saturn, S A T U R N. This was 'dies Saturni' in Latin.
So in Dutch, this is ' Zaterdag'. 'Sabato' in Italian, 'samedi' in French, ' Samstag' in German. And 'Sabado' in Spanish. So all of those languages follow a similar pattern.
Sunday and Monday are easy too. They're 'the sun's day' and 'the moon's day'. And this is reflected in the other Anglo-Saxon languages. 'Zondag' and 'Maandag' are Sunday and Monday in Dutch. ' Sontag und Montag' in German.
In Latin Sunday was 'dies solis'. So 'sol, solis', meaning 'the sun', and Monday was 'dies lunae' from 'luna', L U N A, meaning 'the moon'. And you can see this in the Spanish for Monday, ' Lunes'. Italian, 'Lunedi' and French 'lundi'. All of them quite literally, 'moon day'.
And you see this split between the Latin and the Germanic or Norse language influence actually, in quite a few of our days of the week. So the 'Romance Languages', that's Spanish, Italian, French are more purely Latin influenced. And tend to have their origins in the Roman gods and goddess names or planet names for the days of the week. Whereas the English or Germanic languages may follow the Anglo-Saxon or Norse equivalent.
If you remember, Britain was invaded not just by the Romans, but also by the Anglo-Saxons resulting in Germanic language influences. And later the Vikings V I K I N G S, meaning that we also have lots of words in English, which come from the Norse language. That's N O R S E.
And these invasions have influenced the names of our days of the week. So for the remaining days of the week, English is different from the 'Romance Languages', different from the Latin origin. So the next four days belong to the Norse gods.
Tuesday is the day of 'Tui', T U I, a Germanic god of war, or alternatively 'Tyr', T Y R, the Norse god of war. And the Anglo-Saxons used this to replace the Latin for Tuesday, which was 'dies Martis', literally 'the day of the god Mars', M A R S. Also like the planet, of course.
Mars was the Roman God of war. And again, you can see this in the Latin based or 'Romance Languages'. In Spanish Tuesday is 'Martes', ' Martedi' in Italian and 'mardi' in French.
But in Norse languages like Swedish, it's 'Tisdag', w hile in Dutch, it's 'Dinsdag' and in German 'Dienstag'. I hope I'm not destroying these pronunciations too much, but I'm sure you'll let me know! ' Dienstag' and 'Tuesday' don't immediately seem to be that similar, but actually the letter T and the letter D are often interchangeable between different European languages. If you think of the shape that your mouth makes - T and D - it's almost the same letter. It's just one's voiced, one's unvoiced. Useful to know. So 'Tuesday' and 'Dienstag' are the same word origin.
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Next, Wednesday or 'Wed-Nes-Day', if you want to spell it, is the day of the Norse god, 'Odin', O D I N, who's also called 'Wodan', W O D A N.
But for the Romans, it was their god, 'Mercury', M E R C U R Y, like the planet that gave Wednesday its name, 'dies mercurii'. ' So French for Wednesday is 'mercredi'. And Italian for Wednesday is 'mercoledi'. Always following the Latin more closely, of course.
So it's Wednesday in English and 'Woensdag' in Dutch. And the Germans decided to go their own way on this one - 'Mittwoch' just literally means 'midweek'. 'Mittwoch'.
Our next day of the week, Thursday is 'Thor's day'. That's T H O R. And that is the Norse god of Thunder. And Thursday is 'Torsdag', 'Torsdag' in the Norse languages. That was my attempt at Swedish by the way! Again, this was a substitute for the Romans' own thunderbolt-throwing god, Jupiter. So in Latin Thursday was 'Jupiter's day' or 'dies Jovis'. So again, we have that split between the Latin-influenced 'Romance Languages' and the Germanic languages. So 'jeudi' in French for Thursday, ' Jueves' in Spanish. And 'Giovedi' In Italian. But if you go to the Germanic languages, 'Donderdag' is the Dutch and 'Donnerstag' in German. You might know that 'Donner und Blitz' in German is 'thunder and lightning'. So, of course the Dutch and German Thursdays are named after the god of thunder. It's funny how they swapped out the Roman god of thunder for the Norse god of thunder for the same day.
Last of all, Friday honours Frigg, F R I G G, a Norse goddess and the wife of Woden. So 'Vrijdag' is Friday in Dutch. And 'Fredag' in Swedish, and of course Friday for us.
But for the Romans, Friday was the day of Venus, the goddess of love and the planet is Venus as well. So that was 'dies Veneris'. So in Italian it's 'Venerdi'. 'Viernes' i n Spanish, and of course 'vendredi' in French.
But again, those Germanic-based languages have gone with a different goddess, with the Norse goddess 'Frigg'. So we have 'Freitag' in German. And as I said, 'Vrijdag' in Dutch and Friday in English.
So that's Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, all covered.
If you like this podcast, let us know. I can also do one on the months of the year, if you'd like that. They also have very mixed origins and their names come from different places. The months of the year are like the days of the week , complicated, not uniform, not logical, and with different source languages, just like English all over!
So use this podcast to practise your English listening. If it amuses you please share it with someone else. And if yours is one of the languages I've attempted to pronounce words from, then hopefully this podcast will have made you smile!
Enough for now. Have a lovely day. Speak to you again soon. Goodbye.
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