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Test your understanding of the English lesson by answering these questions. You will get the answers and your score at the end of the quiz.
The English days of the week are named after the Sun, the Moon, and various pagan (or pre-Christian) __________.

All of the names for the days of the week come from Southern European mythology. True or false?

How do you spell the day which comes between Tuesday and Thursday?

Just one day of the week is named after a female. Which day is that?

If there is just one female in a group of people, for example on a board of directors of a company, she is sometimes referred to as the "_______ female".

Tuesday is named after Tiu, the Northern god of war. Who is his Southern equivalent?

Thursday is named after Thor, the Northern god of thunder. In Southern Europe, which god is Thursday named after?

Freya is the Northern goddess of love. Who is her Southern equivalent?

Thor is the god of ______________.

Saturn is the name of a god and of a ___________.


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who can win?
occupied vs busy
reckon vs [think-contemplate-musing-speculate]
difference vs various
hulking vs enormous
mammoth vs large
Elated vs delighted
Melancholy vs miserable
Owing2 vs because
There4 vs so
inspite vs although
oughtta vs had better

Saturday, February 11th 2017

    Well done O’kotoz
    Well Well Well

    Saturday, February 11th 2017

    Good. Congratulations.

    Saturday, February 11th 2017

      Ty Kindly O’Nkh.453

      Saturday, February 11th 2017

    My congratulations! Tomorrow is Tuesday, the day, named after the Gog of war.
    Please, check our motto for this week. SKIKDA suggested the winner to be a shark!
    Sweet dreams.

    Monday, February 20th 2017

I was being lacking enthusiasm

Saturday, February 11th 2017

Je manquais d’enthousiasme

Saturday, February 11th 2017

Since I am from Peru, a latin country, I knew about names of the days and their origin.
Now I know that there is a relation between the English and Spanish names of the days too.
Thank you very much

Saturday, February 11th 2017

Thank you, Gill. It is another interesting lesson

Saturday, February 11th 2017

Ur Method is pretty east Mrs/Gill
Ty 4 All ur precious time

Saturday, February 11th 2017

nice lesson

Saturday, February 11th 2017

Hi respectable Engvid’s director, could you add video’s subtitle, please? because without subtitle is hard to understand the whole lesson :( ..

Saturday, February 11th 2017

    Check back now, the subtitles have been added!

    Sunday, February 12th 2017

Great lesson as usual.
Thanks a lot Gill.

Saturday, February 11th 2017

Friday is the best!!
Please teach us about literature!
more and more, tnx

Saturday, February 11th 2017

    Friday is yours :)

    Monday, February 13th 2017

      Friday is for all of us , Iranians!

      Monday, February 13th 2017

        I wrote it because it’s the only female’s name in the week ;) but actually yes it’s a special day for all of us

        Friday, February 17th 2017

      :)

      Friday, February 17th 2017

        You are so clever !

        Friday, February 17th 2017

Thanks a lot Gill. I really appreciate your real British ascent.

Saturday, February 11th 2017

Did not watch the video before my first test, just watch and re-answer got 9point…..awesome

Saturday, February 11th 2017

Where is Ronnie she left this web

Saturday, February 11th 2017

In Moldavian (Roumanian) the weekdays have such names: Luni /Lun’/- Monday from Luna- Moon, Month; Marti /Marts’/- Tuesday; Miercuri /M’erkur’/- Wednesday; Joy/Zhoi/ -Thursday; Vineri /Viner’/- Friday. In Russian such days like Vtornik (Tuesday), Chetverg (Thursday) and Pyathitsa (Friday) are named after their order numbers, but Voskresenie (Sunday) is named after Resurrection (of Christ),Ponedelnik (Monday)means the day after Sunday. Sreda (Wednesday)has the word Middle (Seredina) in its root.

Saturday, February 11th 2017

It’s fun lesson for me …thank you Gill …I love it …Have a nice day

Saturday, February 11th 2017

Hi everone it seems very dificult to hunderstand the days of the week,but it is very histrical materials.

Saturday, February 11th 2017

A difficult but interesting lesson :) I’ve scored 7/10

Saturday, February 11th 2017

can’t understand any question

Saturday, February 11th 2017

Very interesting lesson! Sunday is called Domenica in Italian, after the coming of Christianity. Indeed “dies Solis” (Sun’s day) has been changed in “dies dominica” (Lord’s day). Instead Saturday is called Sabato from Jewish word “shabbāt” (day of rest), a little bit unexpectedly. This root is in all the romance languages.

Saturday, February 11th 2017

    …and don’t forget to say that in Italy, Monday is the FIRST day of the week!
    Ciao

    Saturday, February 11th 2017

thnks for thıs ınterestıng lesson.

Saturday, February 11th 2017

I got 10 out of 10 Interesting !

Saturday, February 11th 2017

I have scored only 6/10.
Shame on me.

Saturday, February 11th 2017

hi gill, i think that you’ve mispronounced the word “lune” in french. haven’t she french native speakers?

Saturday, February 11th 2017

    just to correct ‘hasn’t she’ i have to concentrate next time.

    Saturday, February 11th 2017

Great job, Gill. Thanks a lot.

Saturday, February 11th 2017

nice teacher

Saturday, February 11th 2017

good class

Saturday, February 11th 2017

Thanks Gill!!Interesting lesson ;)

Saturday, February 11th 2017

Interesting lesson my dear teacher . Thank you for a lot of jobs that you do to teach us so useful and interesting topics. Your calmness in teaching causes not forgetting happen for your students !

Saturday, February 11th 2017

It’s nice..a quiz after learning a lesson..it really exciting and fastens the process of learning… Really a very good idea…and Gill you Sweet

Saturday, February 11th 2017

thnx a lot fr this infos

Saturday, February 11th 2017

why the turn of ronnie is skipped ? is she sick ? is she busy ?

Saturday, February 11th 2017

Thanks Gill ! 👏👍

Saturday, February 11th 2017

As on the typical English phrase or sentence, “Oh my god!” which would mean “surprise”, I am in doubt with the idea of “token female” because I haven’t listened to this question before, it was my main concern in the questionary but anyhow, this lesson has been funny and amused, we have learnt this curious topic of the days of the week, its etymology, it was very interesting. Thanks a lot, teacher Gill, a very good explanation.

Saturday, February 11th 2017

Hi Gill, why is the Sunday the first day in Britian. In my language and culture is the first day the Monday. In Slovak language (and in all slavic languages) is the Thursday called the fourthday (4.day) and Friday the fifth day (5.day). It means, we have counted the days form Monday to Sunday for thousands years.

Sunday, February 12th 2017

Tnx very helpful

Sunday, February 12th 2017

Thank you, Gill.i don’t know those things before. i just knew we have 7 days a week and i didn’t know why. Now, i got it!

Sunday, February 12th 2017

Oh, I know why Days of week are named like that just now. Thank for Gill. See you later

Sunday, February 12th 2017

Thanks Gil, this is undoubtedly a better way to memorize (and understand) the names of the days in English than….using Solomon Grundy’s doggerel!

Sunday, February 12th 2017

thanks gill for this good lesson

Sunday, February 12th 2017

thanks

Sunday, February 12th 2017

Saturday = Samedi (French) . It is coming from sabbat or Shabbat which is the seventh day of the week. The Shabbat is the Judaism’s day of rest.

Sunday, February 12th 2017

That was a fantastic English lesson, Gill. Your the best:)

Sunday, February 12th 2017

Hi Gill. I have a special request for you! Could you do a topic about Compound words? Thanks, Adam.

Sunday, February 12th 2017

Thank you gill. It was really fantastic lesson.
In japan, all days of the week are named after planets.
Sunday sun, Monday moon, Tuesday mars, Wednesday mercury, Thursday Jupiter, Friday Venus, Saturday Saturn. I don’t know why, but it might be similar reason to English and Southern Europe.

Sunday, February 12th 2017

Hello, everyone! Thank you, Gill! It was fascinating as well as instructive. But my question is about ‘token female’… Can somebody explain to me what it means?
And yeah… Ivanka… I’m still laughing..

Monday, February 13th 2017

Hi Gill
Thank you so much.This lesson was Great lesson for me.

Monday, February 13th 2017

It was so informative.

Monday, February 13th 2017

Thanks Gill, this lesson was great..

Monday, February 13th 2017

Thank you teacher. Beautiful lession <3

Monday, February 13th 2017

Thanks Gill, very interesting lesson.

Monday, February 13th 2017

thank you Gill

Monday, February 13th 2017

Thank you Gill. Nice lesson about this subject

Monday, February 13th 2017

great lesson

Monday, February 13th 2017

I really love your classes Gill…thanks a lot!!

Monday, February 13th 2017

Hello Gill. Thanks for this lesson, it was very inetresting.

Monday, February 13th 2017

Tanks prof.

Monday, February 13th 2017

Great lesson , Mrs Gill! Thank you so much!

Monday, February 13th 2017

Thanks Mrs. Gill!

Monday, February 13th 2017

Thank you.

Monday, February 13th 2017

Hello Gill .
Thank you for this lesson .
God of gods in the Roman mythology is Jupiter . Jove is the latin name of Jupiter. So Jeudi in french is the. Day of Jupiter . In French each day is for a god and a Planet except for Dimanche which has replaced “soles dei” ( sun’s day) after Jesus Christ came .
Just a kind thought for Venus the only woman among a men’s world . Why god is not a woman and men tokens ?
See you

Tuesday, February 14th 2017

An useful lesson, Many thanks, Gill.

Tuesday, February 14th 2017

Thanks a lot, Gill. Great lesson, really.

Tuesday, February 14th 2017

Interesting topic. Good lesson teacher!

Thursday, February 16th 2017

I got 9 correct out of 10!

Thank you for the option “Ivanka” (Q8) )))))

Friday, February 17th 2017

You got 9 correct out of 10.
:)

Friday, February 17th 2017

Thank you Gill.

Saturday, February 18th 2017

Dear Gill,

Firstly, I would like to congratulate you on this amazing lesson. I really appreciate your historic videos, and I hope you make many others. It is so interesting to know the origins of the words because we can understand better our culture and how it is linked with other cultures. That’s fantastic!!

Well, I would like to use this opportunity to make a question (it is a completely different topic). Which is the correct sentence: “My brother and I” or “My brother and me”? Or both of them are correct? Could I say “Me and my brother”?

Thank you in advance. I regard you a brilliant teacher!

Until next time!

Wednesday, February 22nd 2017

thanx so much Gill

Thursday, February 23rd 2017
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