Times of Day: EXPLAINED by ALMA

Having communicated with and taught quite a few English-speaking students we at ALMA noticed a certain discrepancy in how they and we perceive time. For instance, the night of an English speaker lasts only a couple of hours from 10 pm to 12 am, whereas for Russian speakers those times would still be considered evening. The night for us comes later, after 12 am; meanwhile English speaker will already refer to it as ‘morning’. We’ve decided to make a little table for your (and our own ;) reference. Take a look:

Here are some examples of an exact time and how it sounds in full in Russian and in English:

Sure, this division shouldn’t be considered a universal minute-to-minute rule. It helps, however, to learn the basic greetings in Russian and understand when and why we say them this way:

*Rarely used (not much greeting going on at night :)).

Hopefully, this little article has shed light on some confusing areas in both Russian and English. Should you have any additional questions, ALMA School’s doors are always open!