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Time expressions


Multi-scriptal clock face

Telling the time

This is a collection of phrases for telling the time in various languages.

Time phrases

  1. Afrikaans
  2. Bengali, Bosnian, Breton, Bulgarian
  3. Catalan, Chinese (Cantonese), Chinese (Mandarin), Chinese (Taiwanese), Cornish, Croatian, Cuyonon, Czech
  4. Dutch
  5. English, Esperanto, Estonian
  6. Finnish, French
  7. German, German (Berlinisch), Greek, Gujarati
  8. Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian
  9. Icelandic, Irish (Gaelic), Italian
  10. Japanese
  11. Kadazandusun, Korean
  12. Laala, Latin, Low Saxon, Luxembourgish
  13. Macedonian, Manx (Gaelic)
  14. Norwegian
  15. -
  16. Polish
  17. -
  18. Russian
  19. Scots, Scottish Gaelic, Serbian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish
  20. Tagalog, Turkish
  21. Urdu
  22. Värmlandic, Volapük
  23. Welsh
  24. -
  25. Yoruba

Time expressions in many languages (Excel, 205K)

How to write today's date in many languages
https://www.curiousnotions.com/todays-date/

Can you help by sending translations and/or recordings? The recordings don't have to be of every phrase, but of enough parts of phrases so that I'll be able to splice them together. Please contact me if you can help.

Also, if you can help with putting the phrases into a database, and/or making a multilingual clock, please let me know.

Multilingual pages

Phrases | Numbers | Numerals | Colours | Telling the time | Weather words | Family words | Terms of endearment | Language names | Country names | Idioms | Proverbs | Tongue twisters | Signs | Compass directions | UDHR | Tower of Babel | Songs | Omniglot | Seven dwarfs | Zodiac signs | Computer parts | Compass directions | Animal sounds


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