Telling Time in quarter hour increments

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clock_victoria_station What time is it?  कितने बजे हैं?

(see Namaste Jii pages 174-178)


Vocabulary you need to know.

Numbers 1-12:  एक दो तीन चार पाँच छह सात आठ नौ दस ग्यारह बारह

o’clock:  बजा (plural form:  बजे)

one and a half: डेढ़

two and a half: ढाई

half: साढ़े

quarter past: सवा

quarter before: पौने


mumbai_clock_tower If it is on the hour, it is easy to say the time.  For 1 o’clock say “एक बजा”  for all the other hours, say the hour and बजे.  Here is 1 to 12 o’clock:

1:00  एक बजा

2:00  दो बजे

3:00  तीन बजे

4:00  चार बजे

5:00  पाँच बजे

6:00  छह बजे

7:00  सात बजे

8:00  आठ बजे

9:00  नौ बजे

10:00  दस बजे

11:00  ग्यारह बजे

12:00  बारह बजे

For half past the hour, there are a few special cases you have to know.

1:30  डेढ़ बजा

2:30 ढाई बजे

For all the other hours, just proceed the hour with साढ़े.

3:30 साढ़े तीन बजे

4:30 साढ़े चार बजे

5:30 साढ़े पाँच बजे

6:30 साढ़े छह बजे

7:30 साढ़े सात बजे

8:30 साढ़े आठ बजे

9:30 साढ़े नौ बजे

10:30  साढ़े दस बजे

11:30  साढ़े ग्यारह बजे

12:30 साढ़े बारह बजे

For quarter past the hour, just add सवा to the beginning.

1:15 सवा बजा

2:15 सवा दो बजे

3:15 सवा तीन बजे

4:15 सवा चार बजे

5:15 सवा पाँच बजे

6:15  सवा छह बजे

7:15  सवा सात बजे

8:15  सवा आठ बजे

9:15  सवा नौ बजे

10:15  सवा दस बजे

11:15  सवा ग्यारह बजे

12:15 सवा बारह बजे

For a quarter before the hour, use पौने.

12:45 पौने एक बजा

1:45 पौने दो बजे

2:45 पौने तीन बजे

3:45  पौने चार बजे

4:45  पौने पाँच बजे

5:45  पौने छह बजे

6:45  पौने सात बजे

7:45  पौने आठ बजे

8:45  पौने नौ बजे

9:45  पौने दस बजे

10:45  पौने ग्यारह बजे

11:45  पौने बारह बजे

That is pretty simple.  But if you want something a little more complicated, take a look at this:

complicated clock

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