Celebrating linguistic and cultural diversity - Day 4

days of the week multilingualYear 4 have been comparing the days of the week in nine different languages recently, and spotting patterns between some of them. For example, Spanish, French, Italian and Catalan are all quite similar and seem to all be related to Latin, and English, German and Norwegian seem to be related to one another too. We discussed why this might be and also have a discussion about which came first, Mars the god or Mars the planet? What do you think?

If you want to compare the days of the week in a large number of languages, some less well known that others, Omniglot (the online encyclopaedia of  wriitng systems and languages) has a large chart of them. It even includes sound files for some, so if you want to know how to pronounce the days of the week in Swedish or Czech or even Luxembourgish, you have a model to copy! The site also has an interesting explanation of the origins of the days of the week in English as well as other languages. (There was much excitement when children realised that a recent film character, complete with hammer, has a day of the week named after him!)

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