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This lesson will teach you the basics about asking and telling time.
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We assume you have already learnt numbers and the survival kit before taking this lesson.
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First things first, here's how you ask what time it is:
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Wieviel Uhr ist es?
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Note that in German, you don't ask "what time is it?" but literally "how much watch is it?" (as can be seen in Casablanca)
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Listen and repeat the first part:
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Wieviel Uhr
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and the second half:
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ist es?
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How do you ask what time it is?
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Wieviel Uhr ist es?
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Now let's move on to to answering that question.
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Here's how you say "it is one o'clock':
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Es ist ein Uhr.
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You use the same for 10 o'clock:
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Es ist zehn Uhr.
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Do you remember how to ask for the time?
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Wieviel Uhr ist es?
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If it's half past 5, you'll say:
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Es ist halb sechs.
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Please notice that German is different from English in this respect. Look at the numbers!
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Say again: it's half past 5.
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Es ist halb sechs.
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Here's how you say: it's quarter past three:
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Es ist viertel nach drei.
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And quarter to three:
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Es ist viertel vor drei.
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Any other time is quite straightforward, you just say it like in English.
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For instance, "it is 4:36" will be:
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Il est quatre heures trente six.
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Note however that the AM and PM system common in English speaking countries does not really work for German speakers. Formal times are given in 24h denominations.
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Unformally, PM times will be said as AM times in spoken language, normally when no doubt is possible.
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You can also, when in doubt, add before noon/in the afternoon to the time announcement. Here's how to do that:
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7 a.m.
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Sieben Uhr morgens.
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When you already had a look at the German basic survival kit, you'll notice that I said: 7 o'clock in the morning.
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11 a.m.
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Elf Uhr vormittags.
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"Vormittags" translates literally to "before noon". Borders to morning are debatable and depend on your sorroundings. =)
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2 p.m.
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Zwei Uhr nachmittags - OR - Vierzehn Uhr.
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"Nachmittags" translates literally to "after noon"
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