• Italian classes Didsbury – What time is it in Italian

     

    Another FREE Italian Grammar lesson for you today! Let’s learn how to say what time it is in Italian:

     

    There are two ways to ask “What time is it?” in Italian: Che ora è? and Che ore sono? If the time is one o’clock, noon, or midnight, the answer is in the singular; for all other hours, it is plural. Note that the phrase “o’clock” has no direct equivalent in Italian.

    Che ora è? (What time is it?) Che ore sono? (What time is it?) È l’una. (It’s one o’clock.) È mezzogiorno. (It’s noon.) È mezzanotte. (It’s midnight.) Sono le tre e quindici. (It’s 3:15.) È mezzo giorno e dieci. (It’s 12:10.)

    COMMON TERMS RELATED TO TELLING TIME

    morning

    di mattino

    noon

    mezzogiorno

    afternoon

    del pomeriggio

    evening

    di sera

    midnight

    mezzanotte

    a quarter

    un quarto

    a quarter after/past

    e un quarto

    half past

    e mezzo

    a quarter to/before

    meno un quarto

    sharp

    in punto

    Shopping hours, TV timetables, performance listings, and other time references are written differently in Italy.

    The following table shows how you would tell the time from 5:00 to 6:00.

    TELLING TIME 5:00-6:00

    5,00

    Sono le cinque.

    5,10

    Sono le cinque e dieci.

    5,15

    Sono le cinque e un quarto.

    5,20

    Sono le cinque e venti.

    5,30

    Sono le cinque e mezzo.

    5,40

    Sono le sei meno venti.

    5,45

    Sono le sei meno un quarto.

    5,50

    Sono le sei meno dieci.

    6,00

    Sono le sei.

    As in most of Europe, Italy uses the so-called “official time” (equivalent to “military time”) in train schedules, performances, timetables, radio, TV, and office hours.

     

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