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- Unit 01
- Months & Weekdays
- Telling Time
- Adjectives List 01
- Common Phrases
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Die Uhrzeit – Telling Time
Telling time in German is very much similar to English. The only major difference is that Germans often use the 24-hour system, as opposed to the 12-hour system that is usually used.
In order to tell time in German, you should know the German numbers, so make sure to check the first lesson of this unit first.
Asking for the Time
The following questions are often used to ask for the time:
- Wie sp t ist es? – How late is it?
- Wie viel Uhr ist es? – How much time is it?
Telling the time at the top of the hour in the 12-hour system is very easy; the word Uhr (meaning o’clock) is just added after the number.
- Es ist vier Uhr – It is four o’clock
- Es ist sieben Uhr – It is seven o’clock
In German, the word for quarter is Viertel , and is used in the following ways:
- Viertel nach neun – Quarter past nine (9:15)
- Viertel vor neun – Quarter to nine (8:45)
- Dreiviertel neun – Quarter to nine (8:45)
In German, the word for half past is halb , and is used very differently than in English; as it refers to half an hour before the next hour, rather than half an hour after the next hour.
For more precision, time could be expressed in hours and minutes by placing the word Uhr between them. This method is also used when expressing time in the 24-hour system.
See? Telling time in German isn’t that hard!
Hopefully the next time you get asked Wie sp t ist es? ?>