What time is it now?

 

Some hints for this lesson: -geget = 'almost', for something that will happen; -mejit = 'more', until something happens; -ga'l = 'quarter'.

Notice that end of the basic word ajiet changes a bit: in one case to match the word mu 'not yet/before', in another to show the future. Can you find both of these?

Dialog 1
 

Ta's-ajiet nige'?

What time is it now?

 
 

Asugom ajiet.

It's six o'clock.

 
 

Ta's-ajiet nige'?

What time is it now?

 
 

Geget newtisga'q ajiet jel newt.

It is almost/coming up on eleven o'clock.

 
 

Ta's-ajiet nige'?

What time is it now?

 
 

Mejit nangl minitl na newtisga'q ajietew jel newt.

Five more minutes, then it will be eleven o'clock [= 'five to eleven'].

 
 

Ta's-ajiet nige'?

What time is it now?

 
 

Mejit ga'l na ugumuljin ajietew.

A quarter (of an hour) more and it will be eight o'clock [='quarter to eight'].

 
 

Ta's-ajiet nige'?

What time is it now?

 
 

Ga'l gesg-mnaq ugumuljin ajiegw.

It's a quarter before eight o'clock.

 
 

Ta's-ajiet nige'?

What time is it now?

 
 

Assma nige' pesgunateg ajiet.

It's now exactly nine o'clock.

 
 

Ta's-ajiet nige'?

What time is it now?

 
 

Lluigneg ajiet jel aqataig.

It's half past seven [lit. 'seven plus a half'].

 
 

Ta's-ajiet nige'?

What time is it now?

 
 

Lluigneg ajiet jel ga'l.

It's a quarter after seven [lit. 'seven plus a quarter'].

 
 

Ta's-ajiet nige'?

What time is it now?

 
 

Aqtatpa'q.

It's midnight.

 
 

Ta's-ajiet nige'?

What time is it now?

 
 

Mewlia'gweg.

It's noon.

 
 

Ta's-ajiet nige'?

What time is it now?

 
 

Mu geitu. Entu'neg 'gna'gu'seteweimeg?

I don't know. Have you lost your watch?