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Re: Analog and Digital Clocks, Part 2
Posted By: wintermute, on host
Date: Wednesday, October 10, 2001, at 02:35:05
In Reply To: Re: Analog and Digital Clocks, Part 2 posted by Travholt on Wednesday, October 10, 2001, at 02:07:27:

> One thing that bugs me some times is when people ask me what time it is at times like 10:52:30 or 8:22:30. I often jokingly say: "Ask me again in a couple of minutes." -- because I can't decide whether to say ten or five minutes to eleven. (And in Norway, we also say it like that around the half hours. Hard to explain in English, because it sounds silly then.)

I remember the half-hour thing, though I han't thought of it in years. That may have beent the thing I had the most problems with in Norwegian, actually. Somehow "half to eight" is incredibly confusing when you're used to "half past seven".

Did you have a similar problem with English?

> Trav"hmm... maybe I should try to learn reading analog watches intuitively again"holt.


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