English Admin – How to tell time in English. Most languages have different ways to tell time. When we learn English, telling time becomes one of the first lessons we should study. Time is very important in this way there is a famous wise word; “time is money”. So People who learn English also need to learn how to tell time correctly.
Some keys which helpful for students to say about time. One can say time in 24 hour, the others say the time in 12 formats. When we want to tell time in English, we have to remember the following terms:
Clock = The time is exactly referring to one of the 24 time
AM = Ante Meridiem means “before midday”
PM = Post Meridiem means “after midday”
15 minutes = quarter
30 minutes = half
more = past
less = to
Now this is some useful expressions. This is the key phrases when you ask and tell the time in English
Can you tell me the time, please?
What time is it?
It’s half past…
It’s quarter past…
It’s ten to…
It’s quarter to…
Short dialogue about Asking and Telling Time
Now we are learning about a very short example of asking and telling time. This short conversation is for 2 people.
Male: Excuse me. Can you tell me the time, please?
Female: Yes, of course. It’s seven o’clock.
Male: Thank you.
Female: No problem.
Man: What time is it?
Woman: It’s half past three.
Woman: You’re welcome.