Wednesday, April 13, 2011

April 11, 2011 6:40 PM

The way Ugandans tell time is really interesting and kind of nonsensical.  If they are saying the time in their language, 7 AM is the first hour of the day.  So at 7 they would say it is 1 o’clock, at 8 it is 2 o’clock and so on.  And then it starts over at 7 PM.  In a way this kind makes sense, because the days never change here.  We have sunlight from 7 in the morning until 7 at night all year round.  However, (the part that really gets me) their clocks look exactly the same as ours do.  And they also will tell time like we do if they are speaking English.  For us learning the language, it is like translating twice.  First, you need to convert the time and then you need to translate it.  This whole concept blows my mind and I don’t think I will ever understand it fully.

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