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Days Of The Week, Months Of The Year, Seasons, Weather And Time In Afrikaans

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Days Of The Week, Months Of The Year, Seasons, Weather And Time In Afrikaans

If you’re new to learning Afrikaans, one of the best things you can do is learn some basic yet commonly-used words. This sets a strong foundation for you to build upon as you progress with your studies.

Some of the most important words in any language are those that deal with the passage of time in one way or another. Being able to describe in Afrikaans when something took place is vital for being able to communicate effectively.

In this post, we’ll cover some of the most important Afrikaans words related to time. These are: days of the week, months of the year, seasons, and time terms. And because we’re weird like that, we’ve also added vocabulary that describes the weather, as this is related to seasons.


days of the week in afrikaans

Days of the Week in Afrikaans

This section contains a table with the 7 days of the week in Afrikaans, as well as their English translations.

Days of the Week (English)

Dae van die Week (Afrikaans)

Monday

Maandag

Tuesday

Dinsdag

Wednesday

Woensdag

Thursday

Donderdag

Friday

Vrydag

Saturday

Saterdag

Sunday

Sondag


months of the year in afrikaans

Months of the Year in Afrikaans

This section contains a table with the 12 months of the year in Afrikaans, as well as their English translations.

Months of the Year (English)

Maande van die Jaar (Afrikaans)

January

Januarie

February

Februarie

March

Maart

April

April

May

Mei

June

Junie

July

Julie

August

Augustus

September

September

October

Oktober

November

November

December

Desember


seasons in afrikaans

Seasons in Afrikaans

This section contains a table with the 4 seasons in Afrikaans, as well as their English translations.

Seasons (English)

Seisoene (Afrikaans)

Spring

Lente

Summer

Somer

Autumn (Fall)

Herfs

Winter

Winter


weather in afrikaans

Weather in Afrikaans

This section contains a table with vocabulary related to the weather and temperature in Afrikaans, as well as English translations.

The Weather (English)

Die Weer (Afrikaans)

Rain

Reën

Snow

Sneeu

Sunshine

Sonskyn

Wind

Wind

Clouds

Wolke

Fog

Mis

Storm

Storm

Thunder

Donderweer

Lightning

Weerlig


passage of time in afrikaans

Time in Afrikaans

This section deals with vocabulary associated with the passage of time, including adverbs of time, time of the day, units of time, etc.

Time (English)

Tyd (Afrikaans)

Morning

Môre

Afternoon

Namiddag

Evening

Aand

Night

Nag

Midnight

Middernag

Dusk

Skemer

Dawn

Dagbreek

Second

Sekonde

Minute

Minuut

Hour

Uur

Day

Dag

Week

Week

Weekend

Naweek

Fortnight

Twee Weke / Veertien Dae

Month

Maand

Year

Jaar

Decade

Dekade / Tien Jaar

Century

Eeu

Today

Vandag

Yesterday

Gister

Tomorrow

Môre

Late

Laat

Early

Vroeg

Now

Nou


telling the time in afrikaans

Telling the Time in Afrikaans

Being able to tell the time in your target language is crucial for effective communication, yet it’s one of those things that often gets skipped at the start of language learning. Some languages make the concept more complicated than it needs to be, which might scare new learners off.

Luckily, Afrikaans isn’t like that. Telling the time in Afrikaans is surprisingly straightforward, especially for English speakers.

Things to note

  • You form o’clock by simply adding “uur” (hour) to numbers 1 – 12
  • As in German, you make half past the hour by applying the half to the hour ahead. E.g. half past five (5:30) in English would be written as half ses in Afrikaans
  • Quarters – use “voor” (before) to signify “to”, and “oor” (over) to signify “past”
  • If you want to be specific about whether the hour is before or after noon, you could simply add one of these to the number: “in die oggend” (in the morning), “in die middag” (in the afternoon), and “in die aand” (in the evening)

What time is it? (English)

Hoe laat is dit? (Afrikaans)

It’s three o’clock

Dit is drie-uur

6:30

Half sewe

Quarter to eight

Kwart voor agt

Quarter past five

Kwart oor vyf

 

Wanna learn some more common vocabulary? Check out our Numbers and Counting in Afrikaans post or Take the Animals in Afrikaans quiz and learn 30 animal names.