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How to tell the time in English. Read explanations below.
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Para aprender a decir la hora en inglés. Resumen:
3:00- It's three o'clock = Son las tres
3:15- It's quarter past three = Son las tres y cuarto
3:30- It's half past three = Son las tres y media
3:40- It's twenty to four = son las 4 menos veinte (veinte para las 4)
3:45- It's quarter to four = Son las 4 menos cuarto (cuarto para las 4)
4:05- It's five past four = Son las cuatro y cinco
Si los minutos no son múltiplos de 5 tenemos que usar la palabra "minutes" (que suena algo así como "minits"):
4:07- It's seven minutes past four = Son las cuatro y siete minutos
También es posible decir la hora en formato digital. Esto es más frecuente en Estados Unidos que en Inglaterra:
5:25 = It's five twenty-five.
Mira abajo más explicaciones.
PREGUNTAR LA HORA
What time is it? = ¿Qué hora es?
What's the time? = ¿Qué hora es?
Can you tell me the time? = ¿Me puede decir la hora?
1- Un cuento en donde dicen la hora de vez en cuando, a ver si entiendes cuando dicen la hora.
2- En este vídeo el doctor Tick-Tock nos explica la diferencia entre AM y PM, sobre todo para que te fijes en la pronunciación de algunas palabras que vemos en las explicaciones.
6- Escucha esta canción, a ver si localizas la expresión de tiempo.
4- La famosa canción de rock: Rock around the Clock
5- Se pregunta a la gente por la calle: "What time is it?"
6- Ejemplo de la pregunta "Can you tell me the time?"
7- Un ejercicio para practicar en vídeo.
1- Listen to this tale and try to understand every time they say the time (standard and digital formats) Time for Friends
TELLING THE TIME
3:00 = It's three o'clock
3:15 = It's (a) quarter past three (or: it's three fifteen)
3:30 = It's half past three (or: it's three thirty)
3:40 = It's twenty to four (or: it's three forty)
3:45 = It's (a) quarter to four (or: it's three forty-five)
3:05 = It's five past three (or: it's three o five)
3:25 = It's twenty-five past three (or: it's three twenty-five)
3:55 = It's five to four (or: it's three fifty-five)
3:12 = It's twelve minutes past three (or: it's three twelve)
3:27 = It's twenty-seven minutes past three (or: it's three twenty-seven)
3:48 = It's forty-eight minutes past three (or: it's three forty-eight)
7:15= It's quarter past seven = It's a quarter past seven
3:05 = It's five after three
3:55 = it's five before four
AM & PM
Morning (AM) = 00:00 (midnight) - 12:00 (noon)
Afternoon (PM) = 12:00 (noon) - 6:00 pm (more or less)
Evening (PM) = 6:00 - 00:00 (midnight)
AM = ante meridiem (Latin for: before noon)
PM = post meridiem (Latin for: after noon)
3:00 am = Three o'clock in the morning (or: three A-M)
3:00 pm = Three o'clock in the afternoon (or: three P-M)
7:00 pm = Seven o'clock in the evening (or: seven P-M)
12:00 pm (day time) = It's noon (or: it's midday)
12:00 am (night time) = It's midnight
2- Watch this video where Dr. Tick-Tock explains the difference between AM and PM Dr. Tick-Tock
3- Listen to this song (trance music) 4 o'clock in the morning
8:00 = 8:00 AM = eight o'clock in the morning
20:00 = 8:00 PM = eight o'clcok in the evening
16:35 = Sixteen, thirty-five = 4:35 PM = Twenty to four P-M = Four thirty in the afternoon.
4- For fun, watch this famous rock song Rock around the Clock
QUESTIONS: asking the time
- What time is it?
- What's the time? (= what is the time?)
- Can you tell me the time, please?
5- Watch this video where they ask the time to people in the street (2nd part with subtitles) What time is it?
6- On this video we practise another question Can you tell me the time?
7- When you see all the clocks, pause the video and write down all the times, then watch the video and check your answers What time is it in Paris?
WHAT TIME DO YOU...?
8- We use this question to ask about the time you do an activity What time do you get up?
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