Bambara 101

now
sisan

later
kofe

before
nyè

morning
sògòma

afternoon
tilé

evening
wula

night
su

Clock Time

one o'clock AM
une heure waati or negue kan nye kelin

two o'clock AM
deux heure waatior

noon
midi waati

one o'clock PM
treize heure waati

two o'clock PM
quatorze heure waati

midnight
minuit waati

Prayer Times

sunrise
fajiri waati

approx 2 pm
lansera waati

approx 4 pm

sunset
fitiri waati

nightfall
safo waati

Duration

_____ minute(s)
minuti _____

_____ hour(s)
heuri _____

_____ day(s)
don _____

_____ week(s)
dògòkun _____

_____ month(s)
kalo _____

_____ year(s)
san _____

Days

today
bi

yesterday
kunu

tomorrow
sini

this week
dogukun in na

last week
dogukun temena

next week
dogukun nata / wèrè

Sunday
kari-don

Monday
nténé-don

Tuesday
tarata-don

Wednesday
araba-don

Thursday
alamisa-don

Friday
(gé)juma-don

Saturday
sibiri-don

Months

January
Zanwuyé (kalo)

February
Feburuyé (kalo)

March
Marsi (kalo)

April
Awirili (kalo)

May
Mè (kalo)

June
Zuwen (kalo)

July
Zuluyé (kalo)

August
Uti (kalo)

September
Sètamburu (kalo)

October
Oktòburu (kalo)

November
Nòwanburu (kalo)

December
Desanburu (kalo)

Writing Time and Date

The month is always stated first in a date, then the day of the month. For example, January 25, 2008 would be " janvier kalo tile mugan ni duru san baa fila ni segi". A literal translation would be "January month day twenty-five year two thousand and eight." When written with digits, the French tradition of day, month, year is generally followed.