Telling Time in French / l'Heure


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1. Il est quelle heure? / What time is it?
2. Vous avez l'heure? / Have you got the time?
3. Tu as l'heure? / Have you got the time?
4. Il est 5 heures / It is 5 o'clock
5. Il est midi / It is noon
6. Il est minuit / It is midnight
7. Il est 8 heures et demi / It is half past 8
8. Il est 10 heures et quart / It is a quarter past 10
9. Il est 10 heures 15 / It is 10:15
10. Il est 9 heures moins le quart / It is a quarter to 9
11. Il est 4 heures moins 10 / It is 10 to 4
12. Matin (m) / Morning
13. Après-midi (m or f) / Afternoon
14. Soir (m) / Evening
15. Nuit (f) / Night
16. Il est 3 heures de l'après midi / It is 3pm
17. Il est 15 heures / It is 15 or 3pm
18. Minute (f) / Minute
19. Seconde (f) / Second
20. il est 3 heures pile / it is 3 pm exactly

Next Activity

Click the clock.

Time in French

24 hour Clock

You can see here how we say the time in French in the afternoon, you need to learn the numbers from 13 to 24, and it is easy to see that 14 = 2, 16 = 4, etc.

So the time displayed is: vingt-deux heures onze !

Time:

AM and PM do not exist in French, we use a 24 hours clock or the expressions: du matin, de l'après-midi. Je me réveille à trois heures du matin.

What time is it?

The correct translation is: Quelle heure est-il ? but it is not the most used, we prefer to say Quelle heure il est ? or when you ask the time to someone in the street: Vous avez l'heure, s'il vous plaît ?

Pronunciation

Pay attention to the liaison between words, between numbers and heure(s).
Seconde, the c is said like a g.