How to Speak Like a Mexican: 8 Days a Week

There are 7 days in a week. I can prove it:

  1. Sunday
  2. Monday
  3. Tuesday
  4. Wednesday
  5. Thursday
  6. Friday
  7. Saturday

I can even prove it in Spanish:

  1. Domingo
  2. Lunes
  3. Martes
  4. Miércoles
  5. Jueves
  6. Viernes
  7. Sábado

And yet, in Mexico they typically refer to a week as “8 days”. Guess how long 2 weeks is in Mexico? 15 days.

Wrong, isn’t it? Well, maybe not.

Let’s say you’re talking to your friend Pepe on a Sunday, and you decide to get together again on the following Sunday. In English, we would say, “next Sunday” or “a week from today”. In Mexico, however, they might say “domingo en 8 días” (Sunday 8 days from now).

Turns out that in Mexico, they count the current day as well.

So if you’re planning coffee with Pepe 1 week from today (a Sunday), you would count the following days:

  1. Sunday (today)
  2. Monday
  3. Tuesday
  4. Wednesday
  5. Thursday
  6. Friday
  7. Saturday
  8. Sunday (the day you want to hang out with Pepe)

So next time a Mexican tells you they’ll see you in 8 days, they mean they’ll see you this day next week!

11 thoughts on “How to Speak Like a Mexican: 8 Days a Week

  1. It drives me crazy that in Latin America they refer to 2 weeks as 15 days! I actually just made a comment to my (American) boss about this yesterday.
    I worked with Colombians at a school in the US and I was told I’d be paid every 15 days…I actually thought I was going to paid EVERY 15 days. You can’t be so literal, latinos :).

  2. Gringa, te amo!
    Por casualidad me encontre con tu blog y me encanta!!!
    Yo estudio Turismo en Baja California, que es de donde soy, y me gustaria preguntarte
    ¿por qué decidiste trabajar en México, siendo Estados Unidos el mayor receptor
    de turistas en todo el continente Americano?

  3. I used to argue about this with people. And then I gave up and just started saying: Yeah, nos vemos adentro de ocho dias.

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