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How To Read Time And Date In Albanian: 10 Easy Tips

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Thanks to the previous blog on common Albanian numbers, you may already know how cardinal and ordinal numbers look and how to count in Albanian. But, do you know how to read time and date in Albanian? If your answer is ""NO"", you're in the right place. Just like things work in English, knowing numbers and basic counting will significantly help you in basic calculation and reading. However, telling the time and date may be out of your understanding. Today, I will talk about the tips and guide on how to read time and date in Albanian.

 

Time Zone In Albania

With Tirana as its capital city, the standard time in Albania is Central European Time (CET +01:00). So, it is 1 hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC +01:00), and the same thing goes for Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +01:00).

The current time zone offset in Albania is CEST (Central European Summer Time), one of the well-known names of UTC+2 time zone, which is 2 hours ahead of UTC and GMT. The time offset from UTC can be written as +02:00. It's used as a DST (summer daylight saving time). During the winter, CET - Central European Time(UTC+1) is in use.

In other words, in Albania, the clocks go forward 1:00 hour at 02:00 on Sunday, March 28, and back 1:00 hour at 03:00 on Sunday, October 31.
The period when the clocks are 1:00 hour ahead is called daylight time - Central European Summer Time. There's more daylight in the evenings and less in the mornings (sometimes called Daylight Saving Time).
When the clocks go back, Albania is on standard time - Central European Time. Some locations use CET all year long, but Albania isn't one of them.

In case you didn't know, some other countries and cities share the same time zone as Albania (UTC/GMT +2):

Andorra Austria Belgium Bosnia and Herzegovina Croatia Czech Republic
Denmark France Germany Hungary Italy Liechtenstein
Luxembourg Malta Monaco Montenegro Netherlands North Macedonia
Norway *  Poland Serbia Slovakia Slovenia Spain **
Sweden Switzerland Gibraltar (United Kingdom) Vatican City    

* including Svalbard and Jan Mayen

** Including Balearic Islands, Ceuta and Melilla and excluding Canary Islands

 

Time And Date Vocabulary In Albanian

Time And Date Vocabulary In Albanian
Time And Date Vocabulary In Albanian

 

Alright, now it’s time to learn some vocabulary related to date and time. This lesson will teach you how times of day, the days of the week, months, and seasons are called in the Albanian language.

Times Of Day

Albanian Language  English Translation
koha time
mëngjes morning
pasdrekë forenoon
mesditë noon
mbasdite afternoon
mbrëmje evening
natë night
mesnatë midnight

Days Of The Week

Albanian Language  English Translation
ditë day
javë week
e hënë Monday
e martë Tuesday
e mërkurë Wednesday
e enjte Thursday
e premte Friday
e shtunë Saturday
e diel Sunday
fundjavë Weekend
të hënën on Monday
të martën on Tuesday
të mërkurën on Wednesday
të enjten on Thursday
të premten on Friday
të shtunën on Saturday
te dielën on Sunday
në fundjavë at the weekend
të hënave on Mondays
të martave on Tuesdays
të mërkurave on Wednesdays
të enjteve on Thursdays
të premteve on Fridays
të shtunave on Saturdays
të dielave on Sundays
në fundjavë at Weekends

Months

As we’ve learned how to tell the time in Albanian, let’s see how to say months, years, and days in this interesting language.

Albanian Language  English Translation
muaj month
janar January
shkurt February
mars March
prill April
maj May
qershor June
korrik July
gusht August
shtator September
tetor October
nëntor November
dhjetor December

 

How To Read Dates In Albanian

How To Read Dates In Albanian
How To Read Dates In Albanian

Now you’ve learned how all the twelve months sound in Albanian, how do you read the dates? This is going to be an easy one since you’ve mastered all the elements that make a date, which are numbers, counting, and months.

Firstly, in Albania, the typical format for a date is DD/MM/YY. Now that the month part is covered, how would you pronounce the day and year? Well, it’s precisely the same as the basic Albanian counting before! Let’s pick a date and make that as an example:

26. 3. 2020

njëzet nder (26) tre (3) dy mijë e njëzet (2020)

So, if you want to ask someone “what time is it” you should say: “Sa eshte ora?

And if you want to respond to the same question, just say: “Njëzet nder tre dy mijë e njëzet” (26. 3. 2020)

 

Seasons

Albanian Language  English Translation
Sezoni Season
pranverë Spring
verë Summer
vjeshtë Autumn / Fall
dimër Winter

 

Time And Date In Albanian: How To Tell Time

Time And Date In Albanian: How To Tell Time
Time And Date In Albanian: How To Tell Time

As I’ve introduced you to the basics of time in Albania, let’s see the basic words and phrases beginners need to learn to be able to tell and read time in the Albanian language. 

Ore (o’clock)

O’clock, the indication of time we learn in English is known as ore in Albanian language.

Unë do ta filloj takimin në orën 9 të mëngjesit. (I will start the meeting at 9 o’clock in the morning.)

Sa eshte ora? It’sshtë ora 5. (What time is it? It’s 5 o’clock.)

Ore (Hour)

The equivalent of the hour in Albanian is ore as well.

Keni 2 orë kohë për t'iu përgjigjur këtij provimi. (You have 2 hours to answer this exam.)

Unë do të arrij në shtëpi për 1 orë. (I will arrive home in 1 hour.)

Minutë (Minute)

Më jepni disa minuta që të bëhem gati. (Give me a few minutes to get ready.)

 

How To Ask For Time In Albanian

Time And Date In Albanian: How To Ask For Time
Time And Date In Albanian: How To Ask For Time

Më falni, a mund të pyes sa është ora? (Excuse me, may I ask what time it is?)

Ne cfare ore do te largoheni? (What time are you leaving?)

Sa kohë kemi? (How much time do we have?)

Sa kohë duhet për të arritur në Tiranë? (How long does it take to get to Tirana?

 

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Are you interested to know more about the Albanian language? If your answer is “YES,” feel free to read some of the best practices on Albanian pronouns, the best ways to learn numbers, and how to say cheers in Albanian. For more comprehensive learning of the Albanian language, try learning through Ling App. Ling App is one of the best interactive language apps that can teach you essential Albanian words, vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, and spelling through games and quizzes.

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