Noon is midday or 12 pm. Afternoon is any time after that until the evening. The time for the evening is tricky to give a value because it can be relative. So don't send me to prison if I say evening starts around 5 - 6 pm :)
I have only known it for daytime (11-3/4 pm or so), as there is an arabic loanword (alasiri) for the later afternoon; yes, evening starts around 6/7 when it begins to get dark. However, not all arabic loanwords are used throughout.
My Swahili-English dictionary is wrong?
Mchana, n. (no plur.) day as opposed to night (usiku), daytime, daylight. Mchana and usilu together make one day or period of twenty-four hours.
Alasiri,* n. (1) afternoon (2) one of the regular Muhammadan times of prayer from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Why is mchana daytime all of a sudden when earlier in the lesson it was only translated as afternoon?
Because it only takes on that meaning in a (complete) sentence, I suppose (is what I would do if I were to develop a language course).
Why is 'midday' not correct? When we lived in Tanzania, I am sure that 'Habari za mchana?' was the appropriate greeting around midday.
Please be aware in Swahili a number of periods during the day are distinguished, so what we can afternoon, adhuburi is from noon till 2:00 pm, mchana is from 11:00 till 15:00 alasiri is from 15:00 till 17:00 etcetera. Later you will learn that talking about seasons is also quite different. (Source: Colloquial Swahili page 74.
Asubuhi - morning Mchana jua la utosi - daytime, overhead sun/noon Adhuhuri - past 12:30 to 1: 30; an islamic prayer or prayer time at that interval of time. Mchana - afternoon; daytime Jioni - evening Usiku - night Late night/late at night- usiku wa manane Dawn - alfajiri; the very early in the morning islamic prayer or prayer time at that time
I gave the correct answer and it just keeps saying i'm wrong.I did it exactly the same, "Afternoon, daytime"
Unfortunately, it doesn't accept the slashes or commata in the answer, so report it and it should be fixed. (Give it some time :) )
If you hover over the word it reads afternoon or daytime, but when i typed daytime, it read that it was wrong. I find that unfair, lol.