OT: Time (Was: Clockwise without clocks)
|From:||Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, April 2, 2005, 11:36|
Joe <joe@...> writes:
> Also, Estonian (my current obsession) has an even more interesting
> system. In Estonian, 'quarter past nine' by 'veerand kümme' - literally
> 'a quarter of ten'. Similarly, 'pool kümme'(half of ten) and
> 'kolmveerand kümme' (three quarters of ten) are 'half past nine' and
> 'quarter to ten', respectively.
Ah, funny. :-) That's the same in most southern German dialects:
viertel zehn = 9:15
halb zehn = 9:30
dreiviertel zehn = 9:45
Of these, only 'halb zehn' is considered Standard High German.
My dialect allows 'zehn vor halb zehn' (ten to half ten) = 9:20, but
I'm not sure how universal that is. Most seem to allow 'fünf vor halb
zehn' for 9:25, but use 'zwanzig nach neun' for 9:20.