Telling Time - Kaleela

Telling Time

Telling Time

Telling time is important in any language, including Arabic language. We at Kaleela believe that you, as a student, should cover the essentials, whether you want to make plans, schedule an appointment or simply know what time of the day it is.

Therefore, in this topic we explained how you can read the clock, ask questions and understand any answer you might receive.

Of course you will have to go through the “Numbers in Arabic” topic before you move on to “Telling time” so you can read and listen with ease.

Although it might be considered tricky at first, once you get the hang of it you will be able to tell time like a pro.

The time can be described as in general or specific terms. General terms would be SabaaHan ( صَباحاً ) for daytime or masaaʼan ( مَساءً ) for evening time. However, when you want to be more specific, you have to keep in mind that constructions using the word “o’clock” (assaaʻah /  السَّاعَة in Arabic) will be paired with the feminine version of the ordinal numbers (like “the third”, “the fifth” and so on). Thus, when saying “It is 4 o’clock”, in Modern Standard Arabic it would be السَّاعَة الرَّابِعَة – assaaʻah al raabiʻ.

If you want to be more specific by saying “It is 4 and a half” you would simply add niSf / نِصْف (which means “half”) and the conjunction وَ / wa (which means “and”). The construction would be like السَّاعَة الرَّابِعَة وَ النِّصْف – assaaʻah al raabiʻ wa niSf. You can follow the same pattern with “quarter” ( rubʻ – رُبْع ).

In conclusion, telling time in Arabic takes a bit of time to nail it, but practice makes perfect!

أَوَّل

 

/ʼawwal/

 

Means

 

First

 

 

 


 

ثاني

 

/thaanee/

 

 

Means

 

 

Second

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

ثالِث

 

/thaalith/

 

 

Means

 

 

Third

 

 

 

 


 

رابِـع

 

/raabiʻ/

 

 

Means

 

 

Fourth

 

 

 

 


 

خامِس

 

/khaamis/

 

 

Means

 

 

Fifth

 

 

 

 


 

صَباحاً

 

/SabaaHan/

 

 

Means

 

 

AM

 

 

 

 


 

مَساءً

 

/masaaʼan/

 

 

Means

 

 

PM

 

 

 

 


 

كَمْ السَّاعَة؟

 

/kam assaaʻah/

 

 

Means

 

 

What is the time?

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

نِصْف

 

/niSf/

 

Means

 

Half

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

رُبْع

 

/rubʻ/

 

Means

 

Quarter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

دَقيقَة

 

/daqeeqah/

 

Means

 

Minute

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

دَقائِق

 

/daqaaʼiq/

 

Means

 

Minutes

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

“وَ “

 

means

 

“And”

 

When telling time  “وَ “

 

will turn the meaning into “Past”

 

As in (السَّاعَة الرَّابِعَة وَ النِّصْف)

 

Half past four

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

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