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3 SERBIA TODAY: Telling time

Serbia Today: Telling time

To ask about the time, we say: „Koliko je sati?“


Or more informally: „Kol’ko ima sati?“
meaning literally: ‘How many hours are there?’
Or even more informally: “Kol’ko sati?”

To answer that question, we simply say the numbers:

8:15 / 20:15

  osam i petnaest

3:07 / 15:07

  tri i sedam

5:20 / 17:20

  pet i dvadeset

 

If it’s at half an hour, we say half the hour that’s going to be in half an hour. That is, instead of saying ‘half past three’, we’ll say ‘half [until] four’.

8:30 / 20:30

  pola devet

00:30 / 12:30

  pola jedan

6:30 / 18:30

  pola sedam

 

If it’s past half an hour, we say how many minutes until the full hour.

9:45 / 21:45

  petnaest do deset

3:50 / 15:50  

  deset do četiri

7:35 / 19:35

  dvadeset pet do osam

 

To say the exact hour, we can say ‘tačno’ (exactly):

2:00 / 14:00

  Tačno je dva.

5:00 / 17:00 

  Tačno je pet.

 

12:00

  podne (‘half day’, or noon)

24:00

  ponoć (‘half night’, or midnight)

 

The difference between AM and PM:

pre podne = before noon

posle podne = after noon

 

9 pre podne (9 AM)

9 posle podne (9 PM)

To ask when, we say: „Kada?“ or „U koliko sati?“

And we answer with the preposition „u“, which means in or at, and a number.

Kada? – U 10.

When? – At 10.

 

We often use uveče (in the evening) instead of PM, and ujutro (in the morning) instead of AM.

 

–        Kada se vidimo?

–        Sutra u 10.

–        Ujutro ili uveče?

–        U 10 uveče.

–        When do we meet?

–        Tomorrow at 10.

–        AM or PM?

–        At 10 PM.

 

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