Telling time is useful for our daily conversations in Morocco or anywhere in the world and this is why we made this lesson to learn how to tell time in Darija / Moroccan Arabic. To do so, we use the demonstrative pronoun “HADI” and the appropriate number with the definite article (Check the lesson about the Definite Article). So, we will use the letter ” L ” (the definite article for words starting with moon letters) for 1:00, 5:00, 10:00, and 11:00. For the rest of the numbers, we will just double the first letter.
1:00 : Lwa7da
02:00 : Jjouj
03:00 : Ttlata
04:00 : Rrb3a
05:00 : Lkhmsa
06:00 : Ssta
07:00 : Ssb3a
08:00 : Ttmnya
09:00 : Tts3oud
10:00 : L3chra
11:00 : L7dach
12:00 : Ttnach
NB: Checking the lesson about Numbers in Darija will help you in case you do not recognize the times mentioned above.
Useful Words For Telling Time in DARIJA:
The same thing as in English, there are equivalents of certain English words used to tell time in Darija like o’clock, quarter past, half past and quarter to:
At …. : M3a …
Five minutes: 9sam
Ten minutes: 9asmayn
Twenty minutes: Tolot
Quarter to: Laroub
Morning, Afternoon, and Night
… am: … dyal sba7
You can say “dyal Sba7” between 01h00 am to 12h00 am.
… pm: … dyal l3chiya
You can say “dyal l3chiya” between 14h00 to sunset.
… pm: … dyal lil
You can use “dyal lil” from sunset to 01h00 am.
Sentences about Telling Time In DARIJA:
What time is it? : Ch7al f sa3a ? / Ch7al hadi f sa3a ?
It is 09h45: Hadi l3chra laroub;
It is 12h20: Hadi Ttnach w tolot;
It is 02h15: Hadi Jjouj w rba3;
I am working at 10h00 am: Ana khddam m3a L3chra dyal Sba7;
I will go back to work at 03h30 pm: Ghadi nrja3 l khadma m3a tlata w nas dyal l3chiya;
I sleep at 11h00 pm: Ana kan3s m3a L7dach dyal lil;
I wake up at 07:00 o’clock: Ana kanfi9 m3a Ssb3a pil / nichan/ wa9fa.