BL4: Days of the Week

               Bismillah. This is the 4th Bonus lesson for “Tausug 101: Learning Bahasa Sug” by Anak Iluh. For lists of lessons, please go to: Lists of Lessons.
                Alhamdulillah, after yet another long time of no updates in this blog, we finally managed to come back. Alive. No, the lectures in Tausug 101 have not yet ended. There are still a lot of wonderful things to be learned in Bahasa Sug. We are just—how do we say this—preparing, to improve our lessons in shaa Allah. We know that our readers are already itching for the next lessons to be published. So today, we have prepared a short bonus lesson for our readers: The days of the Week.

The Days of the Week

               There are seven days of a week (of course). And because the Tausugs are among the Muslims, we also follow the Hijrah Calendar and thus the Arabic version of the “months” and “days” as well. We will not talk about the Hijrah Months coz it would take us another lesson (and another title than above); we will just talk about the names of the “days” in Bahasa Sug and other “things” that are indirectly or directly related to them.

               Adlaw is the equivalent of the English word “Day”. And Duwm, on the other hand is the equivalent of “Night”. Other terms that we must learn by heart are:
Bahasa Sug English
Adlaw Day
Duwm Night
Biháun Today
Káhapun Yesterday
Ta’kisa The day before yesterday
Kunsuwm Tomorrow
Ku’nisa The day after tomorrow
(No, not the Movie.)
Duwm ini Tonight
Kábii Last night
Mahinaat/Maynaat Morning
Mahapun Afternoon
Mataas Suga Noon
Tungaan Duwm Midnight
Hangka pitu A week
                Learning the terms above will make you an expert in learning the days and nights of Bahasa Sug. The names of the seven days in the week are as follows:
Ngán sin manga adlaw ha lawn sin hangka pitu
(Names of the days in a week)

Bahasa Sug English
Ahad Sunday
Isnin Monday
Salása Tuesday
Albaa Wednesday
Hammis Thursday
Jumaat Friday
Sabtu’ Saturday
*Note: There are no nursery-songs for these names. Feel free to make your own.
                Now let us put those terms we just learned into applications. Here are the common statements using the “days” of the week:

Bahasa Sug
Adlaw unu biháun?
What day is today?
Isnin biháun. Salása kunsuwm.
Today is Monday. Tomorrow is Tuesday.
Adlaw unu kaw tumulak?
What day will you leave?
Adlaw hammis, in shaa Allah.
Thursday, in shaa Allah.
Miyanaw aku sin sabtu’ yaun.
A walked last Saturday.
Jumaat na kami nagkita.
We met just this Friday.
*you can always email me for more examples.

The Nights of the Week

               Unlike the days in Gregorian calendar which begin at the strike of 12 midnight, the “Hijra days” begin at maghrib (at about 6:15 or so in the afternoon; or when the sun sets). So the “night time” actually comes first before the “day time” in Hijra Calendar (this is a source of confusion to even Muslims like Tausugs and non-Muslims alike).

                So when we say “Tuesday night” in English or Gregorian calendar, we are actually referring to the beginning of the “night time” of the following day, which is Wednesday in Hijra Calendar. So on and so forth. To better grasp the picture of this phenomenon, here are the names of the “nights” in Bahasa Sug:
Bahasa Sug (Hijra) English (Gregorian)
Duwm Isnin Sunday Night
Duwm Salása Monday Night
Duwm Albaa Tuesday Night
Duwm Hammis Wednesday Night
Duwm Jumaat Thursday Night
Duwm Sabtu’ Friday Night
Duwm Ahad Saturday Night
*Just remember: the “Arabian Nights” comes before the “Arabian day”; pls refer to the song with the same lyrics..
               So far, Alhamdulillah we already have lessons that might be good enough for studying (for a week or so). I hope you enjoyed learning 1) the Names of the “days” in a week in Bahasa Sug; 2) the names of the “nights” and their differences with the Gregorian nights; and 3) the other terms related to the “days” and “nights”. 
For inquiries, translations and other related things on Bahasa Sug, pls don’t hesitate to contact us (visit our Contact us page) or email me at anakiluh(at)
Until our next lesson (which I hope will be before the month ends, in shaa Allah),  Salam kasilasa!


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