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Neha: "Namaste," I'm Neha, and welcome to the Absolute Beginner Series, Lesson 11, Telling the Time in Hindi, Part 1.
Maya "Namaste," I'm Maya.
Neha: In this lesson you'll learn how to read time in Hindi.
Maya: The conversation takes place at Rita's house.
Neha: This conversation is between Rita and Bhawana.
Maya: They are friends and so they will be speaking informal Hindi.
Neha: Let's listen to their conversation.

Lesson conversation

रीता: कितने बजे हैं?
भावना: एक बजा है।
रीता: हमारा टीवी कार्यक्रम कितने बजे शुरू होता है?
भावना: साढ़े तीन बजे।
Maya: Now let's listen to the same conversation at a slow speed.
Reetaa: kiTaNe baje hain?
Bhaavanaa: Ek baja hai.
Reetaa: Hamaara teewee kaaryakram kitme baje shuru hotaa hai?
Bhaavanaa: Saarhe teen baje.
Neha: Let's now listen to the conversation with English translation.
रीता: कितने बजे हैं?
Neha: " What time is it?"
भावना: एक बजा है।
Maya: "It's one o'clock."
रीता: हमारे टीवी कार्यक्रम कितने बजे शुरू होता है?
Neha: "What time does our TV program start?"
भावना: साढ़े तीन बजे।
Maya: "Half past three."
Neha: In this conversation, you know Rita is eagerly waiting for a TV program.
Maya: Yeah, what is she waiting for?
Neha: Well, you know Indian movies and TV programs are very popular.
Maya: I know and it probably wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that they are part of Indian culture.
Neha: I agree. Anyway, there are these TV series on family dramas that are a big hit among Indian house wives.
Maya: Really?
Neha: Yes, they are aired in the afternoons so that the house wives can enjoy the many different but similar programs for a couple of hours every day.
Maya: Sounds like they may be the Indian versions of British and American soap operas.
Neha: You're exactly right!
Maya: And what are they usually about?
Neha: Well, they're mostly centered around the drama of joint families, the relationship between the newly-wed wife and her in-laws, you know, things like that.
Maya: I see. Well moving on, let's talk about the words that were used in the conversation.
Neha: We'll first say the words at natural speed, then a bit slower, and finally we'll give you the meaning.
Maya: Our first word is…
Neha: कितने " kitne," "kit-ne," "kitne…"
Maya: Which means "how many" or "how much."
Neha: Next, we have बजे "baje," "be-je," "baje…"
Maya: Which means "time" or "o'clock."
Neha: Then is बजा "bajaa," "ba-jaa," "bajaa…"
Maya: Which also means "time" or "o'clock."
Neha: Next is हमारे " hamaara," "ha-maara," "hamaara…"
Maya: Which means "our."
Neha: Then is टीवी कार्यक्रम "teewee kaaryakram," "tee-wee kaaryakram," "teewee kaaryakram…"
Maya: Which means "TV program."
Neha: Next is शुरू "shuru," "shu-ru," "shuru…"
Maya: Which means "start."
Neha: Next we have साढ़े "saarhe," "saar-he," "saarhe…"
Maya: Which means "half."
Neha: Finally, we have तीन " teen," "tee-n," "teen…"
Maya: Which means "three."
Neha: Now, let's look at at some of these words.
Maya: The word for "how many" or "how much" in Hindi is…
Neha: कितना, कितने, or कितनी.
Maya: They all mean the same but are used differently for different genders and for different numbers.
Neha: So कितना is used for asking the number of a singular masculine subject, . कितने is used for asking the number of plural masculine subjects, and finally, कितनी "(kitnee") is used for asking the number of both singular and plural feminine subjects.
Maya: Okay, so कितना for single male, कितने for many males, and कितनी for one or many females.
Neha: Yes. Since all Hindi nouns have genders, whether they are objects or people, you need to know be aware of them if you want to speak correctly.
Maya: Don't worry though. There are ways to recognize which words are masculine and which are feminine.
Neha: Yes. So for the most part, words that end with आ "(aa") are usually mMasculine and words that end with ई "(ee") are usually feminine.
Maya: But this is not always the case because all Hindi nouns do not always end in either आ "(aa") or ई "(ee") and even if they do, they might not fit the rule.
Neha: So the best thing is to learn as you go.
Maya: Anyway, the next word we'll look at is…
Neha: बजा, which means "time" or "o'clock."
Maya: Can you guess what gender बजा is?
Neha: Well, since बजा ends with an आ, it is masculine.
Maya: Now, बजा is used only with a singular noun, or to be more specific, only with one o'clock.
Neha: The plural form of बजा is बजे and is used with plural nouns, or to be more specific, for all other times except for one1 o'clock.
Maya: Actually, there is a formula to change singular masculine nouns into plural.
Neha: Yes. So, if the word ends with आ "(aa,") then change it into ए "(e),." like we did, बजा to बजे.
Maya: And for any other masculine words that don't end with an "aa," their plural forms remain the same. No change!

Lesson focus

Neha: Okay, next in our lesson is how to read time in Hindi.
Maya: But before we get into that, let's learn how to ask for time. So in Hindi, to say "What time is it?" you say…,
Neha: कितने बजे हैं?
Maya: Here कितने means "how much" or "how many,", हैं means "are," and बजे means "time." ?
Neha: Actually, बजे comes from the verb बज्ना, which means "to ring.". Sso literally, कितने बजे हैं means "How many rings are."
Maya: Unlike in English where we use the singular form "is" when asking the question "What time is it?", in Hindi we use the plural "are," which is हैं, but it still means the same thing.
Neha: Let's practice this. First I'll say it at natural speed and then slowly.
कितने बजे हैं, "kitne baje hain," "kit-ne bahe hain," "kiTaNe baje hain?"
Maya: Great! So let's now focus on reading time in Hindi.
Neha: For this, you'll of course need to know numbers from 1 to 12. So, let's recap those numbers.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Maya: Telling time in Hindi is pretty straightforward and therefore easy! There is a formula you can use which works for all except one1 o'clock.
Neha: Let's start with the exception.
Maya: Okay. So "It is is 1 o'clock" in Hindi is…
Neha: एक बजा है.
Maya: Where एक is "one,", बजा is "o'clock," and है is "is.".
Neha: For the rest, the verb turns into plural. So instead of है, which is the singular "is," we need to use हैं, which is the plural "are."
Maya: In addition, बजा turns into its plural form बजे।. So, let's hear it. "It is two o'clock" in Hindi is…
Neha: दो बजे हैं
Maya: Great! And for the rest, you just substitute दो with other numbers.
Neha: Like चार बजे हैं for "It is four4 o'clock," or आठ बजे हैं for "It is eight o'clock.".
Maya: Okay, now let's learn how to say "It is half past...." So how do you say "It is half past three" in Hindi?
Neha: साढ़े तीन बजे हैं।
Maya: Basically everything is the same as before, - you just add साढ़े in front of the time.
Neha: The catch though is that, this works for all except half past one1 and half past two2.
Maya: Half past one in Hindi is…
Neha: डेढ़ बजा है। "(Derh bajaa hai.")
Maya: And half past two is…
Neha: ढाई बजे हैं। "(dhaaii baje hain.")
Maya: And one more before we finish this lesson.
Neha: Okay, so ..."It is half past five" in Hindi is ... साढ़े पाँच बजे हैं।.
Maya: Excellent. Well, make sure you read the lesson notes for more examples on this topic.
Neha: Thanks for listening!
Maya: "Shukriya aur fir milenge!"


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Tuesday at 06:30 PM
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Hello HindiPod101.com listeners!

Can you tell me in Hindi what time is it right now?

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Thursday at 11:31 AM
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Hi Maël,

Thanks for posting!

"Twenty past three" is "Tiin bajakar biiS miNat" (तीन बजकर बीस मिनट) or simply "Tiin Biis" (तीन बीस).

I hope this helps!


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Saturday at 06:55 PM
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Hari Om,

Lagabhag saarhe teen baje hain.

How to say : "twenty past three o'clock" ?

Next lesson maybe ?


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Monday at 12:26 PM
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Hi Kakai,

Thanks for answering the question!

If you are trying to say 4:30, you are absolutely correct :)

Keep learning and let us know if you have any questions,


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Thursday at 10:21 PM
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Saarhe chaar baje hai

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Thursday at 02:03 PM
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Hi Ken,

Thanks for posting!

Your example sentence means "Starts at half past two" or "It starts at half past two." Literal translation can be "half two o'clock start happen is" or "half two o'clock starts."

I hope this helps!


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Thursday at 12:02 PM
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साढ़े दो बजे शुरू होता है ।

saarhe do baje shuroo hoTa hai.

"It will start at half past two."

My question here is 'hoTa',

as I read that as

half two oclock start _ is.

what the word 'hoTa' mean?

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Tuesday at 01:42 AM
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नमस्ते (Namaste) Saanvi R. Nalkande,

Thank you so much for your kind message! 😇❤️️

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Good luck with your language studies.

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Monday at 10:43 AM
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like this a LOT!❤️️👍👍👍

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Saturday at 10:17 PM
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Hi Precious,

Thanks for answering the question!

You are on the right track!

Keep learning and let us know if you have any questions,


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Tuesday at 01:10 AM
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Paanch baje hain