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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 before taking this lesson.
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First things first, here's how you ask what time it is:
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Quelle heure est-il?
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Note that in French, you don't ask "what time is it?" but "what hour is it?"
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Listen and repeat the first part:
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Quelle heure
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and the second half:
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est-il?
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How do you ask what time it is?
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Quelle heure est-il?
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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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Il est une heure.
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You use the same for 10 o'clock:
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Il est dix heures.
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Do you remember how to ask for the time?
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Quelle heure est-il?
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If it's half past 5, you'll say:
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Il est cinq heures et demi.
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or just like you say 5:30, you can also say:
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Il est cinq heures trente.
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Say again: it's half past 5.
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Il est cinq heures et demi.
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Here's how you say: it's quarter past three:
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Il est trois heures et quart.
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And quarter to three:
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Il est trois heures moins le quart.
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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 french speakers.
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So usually PM times will either be said as AM times in spoken language, and when no doubt is possible.
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Alternatively, to avoid doubt or in more formal environments, you would use the 24h system.
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So to mean 7pm, you could either say:
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7 heures.
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Or in the 24h system:
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19 heures.
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