Colloquial Arabic: Sample Comparisons of Dialects - Time

Time designations

Levantine Arabic Dialects

  • Jordanian Arabic
    English Translation:

    6am    12 noon    3pm    7pm    12 midnight    2am

  • Lebanese Arabic
    English Translation:

    4 o'clock    4:05    4:10    4:15    4:20    4:25    4:30
    4:35    4:40    4:45    4:50    4:55    5 o'clock

  • Palestinian Arabic
    English Translation:
    It's 9 am.
    It's noon.
    It's 2 pm.
    It's 5 pm.
    It's 8 pm.
    It's midnight.
    It's 1 am.

North African Arabic Dialects

  • Libyan Arabic
    English Translation:
    It's 12 o'clock.
    It's quarter past twelve.
    It's twenty past twelve.
    It's half past twelve.
    It's twenty to one.
    It's quarter to one.
    It's one o'clock.
  • Libyan Arabic
    English Translation:
    It's 9 am (morning).
    It's 12 pm (afternoon).
    It's 3 pm (afternoon).
    It's 7 pm (night).
    It's 12 am (midnight).
    It's 2 am (morning).

  • Moroccan Arabic
    English Translation:
    It's 12 o'clock.
    It's quarter past twelve.
    It's twenty past twelve.
    It's half past twelve.
    It's twenty to one.
    It's quarter to one.
    It's one o'clock.
    It's one o'clock.
  • Moroccan Arabic
    English Translation:
    It's 9 am (morning).
    It's 12 pm (afternoon).
    It's 3 pm (afternoon).
    It's 7 pm (night).
    It's 12 am (midnight).
    It's 2 am (morning).
  • Tunisian Arabic
    English Translation:

    1 o'clock    7:15    7:20    7:30    7:40    7:45

  • Tunisian Arabic
    English Translation:
    2 in the morning (am)
    Noon
    Midnight
    4 in the afternoon (pm)
    11 at night (pm)
  • Western Saharan and Mauritanian
    English Translation:
    9 in the morning (am)
    12 at noon (pm)
    4 in the afternoon (pm)
    10 at night (pm)
  • Western Saharan and Mauritanian
    English Translation:
    12 o'clock (12:00)
    Quarter past 12 (12:15)
    Twenty past 12 (12:20)
    Half past 12 (12:30)
    Twenty to 1 (12:40)
    Quarter to 1 (12:45)

Other Dialects

  • Yemeni Arabic
    English Translation:
    9 in the morning (am)
    1 in the early afternoon (pm)
    4 in the afternoon (pm)
    6 in the evening (pm)
    8 at night (pm)
  • Yemeni Arabic
    English Translation:
    12 o'clock (12:00)
    Quarter past 12 (12:15)
    Half past 12 (12:30)
    Twenty to 1 (12:40)
    Quarter to 1 (12:45)