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Telling Time: Anóng oras na?

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What time is it?, or “Anóng oras na,” as Filipino speakers would say.

When speaking about time, it is very common for Filipino speakers to use Spanish-influenced numbers by adding the prefixes “ala-” and “alas-” before the Spanish number. Review the table below for a list of the Spanish-influenced numbers used for time:
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Examples:
1:00
Ala-una Play audio #5975
2:00
Alas-dos Play audio #5986
3:00
Alas-trés Play audio #5985
4:00
Alas-kuwatro Play audio #5984
5:00
Alas-singko Play audio #5983
6:00
Alas-saís Play audio #5982
7:00
Alas-siyete Play audio #5981
8:00
Alas-otso Play audio #5980
9:00
Alas-nuwebe Play audio #5979
10:00
Alas-diyés Play audio #5978
11:00
Alas-onse Play audio #5976
12:00
Alas-dose Play audio #5977
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Examples:
1:00
Ala-una Play audio #5975
2:00
Alas-dos Play audio #5986
3:00
Alas-tres Play audio #5985
4:00
Alas-kuwatro Play audio #5984
5:00
Alas-singko Play audio #5983
6:00
Alas-sais Play audio #5982
7:00
Alas-siyete Play audio #5981
8:00
Alas-otso Play audio #5980
9:00
Alas-nuwebe Play audio #5979
10:00
Alas-diyes Play audio #5978
11:00
Alas-onse Play audio #5976
12:00
Alas-dose Play audio #5977
The phrase “y medya” is commonly used to express "half past" the hour.
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Examples:
12:30
Alas-dose y medya Play audio #5971
3:30
Alas-tres y medya Play audio #5972
6:30
Alas-saís y medya Play audio #5974
9:30
Alas-nuwebe y medya Play audio #5970
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Examples:
12:30
Alas-dose y medya Play audio #5971
3:30
Alas-tres y medya Play audio #5972
6:30
Alas-sais y medya Play audio #5974
9:30
Alas-nuwebe y medya Play audio #5970
Parts of the Day

Instead of using AM and PM, the part of the day is specified after the time.

You can use the following words to indicate the part of the day…

ng madalíng araw” to say “in the early in the morning” (from 1:00 AM – 5:59 AM)
ng umaga” to say “in the morning” (from 6:00 AM – 10:59 AM)
ng tangha” to say “noontime” (from 11:00 AM – 12:59 PM)
ng hapon” to say “in the afternoon” (from 1:00 PM – 5:59 PM)
ng gabí” to say “in the evening” (from 6:00 PM – 11:59 PM)
ng hátinggabí” to say “midnight” (from 12:00 AM – 12:59 AM)

Notice that "early morning / madaling araw" and "noontime / tanghali" are useful times of day that are common in the Filipino language that aren't so common in the English language.
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Examples:
5:00 AM
Alas-singko ng madalíng araw Play audio #5960
10:30AM
Alas-diyés y medya ng umaga Play audio #5961
12:00 PM
Alas-dose ng tanghaPlay audio #5962
12:00 AM
Alas-dose ng hátinggabí Play audio #5959
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Examples:
5:00 AM
Alas-singko ng madaling araw Play audio #5960
10:30AM
Alas-diyes y medya ng umaga Play audio #5961
12:00 PM
Alas-dose ng tanghali Play audio #5962
12:00 AM
Alas-dose ng hatinggabi Play audio #5959

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