Telling the Time

If you have a problem how to tell the time in English, let’s learn how to do it.

Level A1

Let’s learn how to tell the time.

  • Look at the clock and tell me the time. – Подивись на годинник і скажи, котра година.
  • What’s the time? What time is it? – Котра година?
  • Tell me the time, please. – Скажіть, будь ласка, котра година.
  • It’s ten minutes past seven by my watch. – Десять хвилин на восьму за моїм годинником.
  • It’s twelve minutes to eight. – Зараз за дванадцять восьма.
  • quarter = 15 minutes
  • half = 30 minutes
  • It’s a quarter to seven. – Зараз за чверть сьома.
  • It’s a quarter past seven. – Зараз чверть на восьму.
  • It’s half past nine by my watch. – Зараз пів на десяту за моїм годинником.

Some Intersting Time Facts 

  • We use time to order events in the past, present and future.
  • If you want to measure time you could use a watch, clock, hourglass or even a sundial.
  • There are 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour and 24 hours in a day.
  • Normal years have 365 days but a Leap year has 366.
  • 10 years is known as a decade, 100 years is known as a century and 1000 years is known as a millennium.
  • Different parts of the world are located in different time zones. This means that while you are having breakfast in the morning, someone in another part of the world is having dinner.
  • A.M. stands for “ante meridiem”. This means before midday or before noon. The A.M. time period is the twelve hours from midnight until noon. A new day starts at 12:00 A.M. Common activities that happen in the A.M. are eating breakfast, getting ready for school, etc.
  • P.M. stands for “post meridiem”. This means after midday or after noon. The P.M. time period is the twelve hours from noon until midnight. The second half of the day starts at 12:00 P.M. Common activities that happen in the P.M. include eating dinner, going to sleep, etc.
  • For 12:00, there are three expressions used: Twelve o’clock/Noon/Midnight