"Forty minutes past seven"
Translation:Saa moja na dakika arobaini
I see what you mean. In a sentence, it is much more normal to say "twenty minutes to eight" than "forty minutes past seven" in English, too.
Is it necessary to say "dakika" in Swahili or can it be shortened as in "twenty to eight"?
(BTW, in Swedish they express 7:35 as "five over half eight", by which they mean five minutes past half an hour before eight o'clock. Now, that IS bizarre!)
it's not necessary to include 'dakika' since it's usually implied, so to say 'twenty to eight' you can just say it as 'saa mbili kasoro ishirini' and it's understood that the 'ishirini' is referring to minutes.
LOL I think it'd take me a second to figure out what that time translates to!