How to Pronounce the Days of the Week
In order to pronounce the days of the week clearly and correctly, you should be aware of four pronunciation rules.
1. Syllable stress
Since days of the week are compound nouns, you need to stress (emphasize) the first syllable. This rule applies to most compound nouns.
2. The correct sounds of S
When the letter S is located in the middle or at the end of a word, you’ll often need to pronounce it with a /z/ sound.
3. The interdental Th sound
You need to use a clear interdental Th sound in Thursday.
4.The tapped T sound
You need to use a tapped T sound in Saturday.
Words for practice
Here’s my semi phonetic spelling of the dayz of the week.
- WENzday (note the dropped syllable)
Here are two more words that fit into this pattern.
Application of these pronunciation rules
The four rules I describe here will apply to other words in American English.
Be aware of these patterns when you listen to native speakers.
Try to apply these rules when you speak.
About the author
Susan Ryan is an accent reduction coach. Contact her with your questions about clear American speech.