Lesson 2 – How To Tell The Time In Hindi

 

Numbers are necessary to be able to tell the time in any language. At least 1-12.

First let us learn to say the numbers in Hindi. Given below is 1-20.

Then we shall learn to tell the time.

 

 

 

Numbers (English)-Numbers (Hindi)-Hindi script-Transliteration
0 ० शून्य shoonya
1 १ एक ek
2 २ दो dho
3 ३ तीन theen
4 ४ चार chaar
5 ५ पाँच paanch
6 ६ छह chah
7 ७ सात saath
8 ८ आठ aath
9 ९ नौ nou
10 १० दस dhus
11 ११ ग्यारह gyaarah
12 १२ बारह baarah
13 १३ तेरह therah
14 १४ चौदह chaodah
15 १५ पन्द्रह pandhrah
16 १६ सोलह solah
17 १७ सत्रह sathrah
18 १८ अठारह attaarah
19 १९ उन्नीस unnees
20 २० बीस bees

Asking for and Telling time in Hindi

The following questions mean the same, “What time is it?”

  1. kithne baj gaye ?
  2. kya samay hai?
  3. kithna baje hai?

Now, let us see how to answer this question.

You know the numbers 1-12 from above.

Use these words before the number. Baje ( बजे ) is an equivalent of “o’clock“. It comes from verb “bajna”, to ring.

Use साढे (sardhe) for half past

Use पौने (paune) for quarter until

Use सवा (sawaa) for quarter past

EXAMPLES:
1. Half past three (3:30) = साढे तीन बजे (sardhe theen baje)
2. Half past five (5:30) = साढे पाँच बजे (sardhe paanch baje)
3. Quarter until six (5:45) = पौने छै बजे (paune che baje)
4. Quarter until four (3:45) = पौने छै बजे (paune che baje)
5. Quarter past nine (9:15) = सवा नौ बजे (sawaa nau baje)

However, if you want to say 1:30 or 2:30…

डेढ बजे (dedh baje) = 1:30
ढाई बजे (dhai baje) = 2:30

It is only 01:30 both early morning and afternoon for which a different term is used. To say the time is half past one, we would say deedh baja hai. Again to denote night or afternoon we can use the words raat and dopahar.

If you’re dealing with a minute amount before the 30 mark, then:
(the hour) बजकर bajkar (amount of minutes) मिनट हो गए minut ho gaye.

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