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What Time Is It? How to Ask and Say the Time in Pashto Posted by on Dec 27, 2012 in language

One of the things that we do a lot is talk about the time. Probably the first thing we do when we wake up in the morning is to check what time it is. So when learning a new language asking about time and talking about time is what most of us would want to learn soon. Today we will teach you how to ask and answer about time.

watch= Sa'at ساعت

Lets first learn the related vocabulary.

دقیقې   daqeeqay : minutes

 بجې   Bajay : o’clock

یوه    yawa : one

ثانیه   sania :second

کم   kam : less

باندې  baande  past

دوه  dua : two

لس las : ten

نیمې  neemay : half

پاوه  pau : quarter/15 minutes

The following sentence is used to ask about time in Pashto:

څو بجې دي؟  su bajay dee? What time is it?

دوه بجې دي.  Dua bajay dee. It is two o’clock. In this sentence the first word means “two” the second word means o’clock and the last word mean is/are. When you are saying the time you can substitute the number.

لس بجې دي.  Las bajay dee. It is ten o’clock.   The first word in the Pashto sentence is Las which means “ten”.

لس باندې دوه بجې دي.   Las banday dua bajay dee. It is ten past two.

لس کم دوه بجې دي.   Las kam dua bajay dee. It is ten to two.

Watch the accompanying video and then practice saying the following times in Pashto, leave your reply in the comments area:

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About the Author: Sayed Naqibullah

Sayed Naqibullah speaks Pashto and Dari as his native languages. Since 2004 he has been teaching Dari and Pashto and working as cultrual advisor to NGO workers, foreigners who live, work, or are visiting Afghanistan. Sayed has worked as a linguist for several companies that produce language course-ware. He has worked as a guide, interpreter and translator of a number of NGOs working in Afghanistan. Sayed is also a blog writer on Afghan culture and languages. He is the author of a Dari language textbook called “Dari as a Second Language”.