French Level 1|
Quelle heure est-il? Track 37
TRÈS BIEN! Notice how there are two sets of numbers for each hour. That is because in France, time is on a 24 hour clock. However, we can differentiate times of day. For example, I can say, "Il est une heure" for one o'clock and I can say, "Il est treize heures" as well. Both phrases mean it is one o'clock. So what is the difference? The first phrase means one o'clock in the morning and the second phrase means one o'clock in the afternoon. If I want to say that it is one o'clock in the morning, I may add the words, "du matin" (of the morning) or "Il est une heure du matin". To say it is one o'clock in the afternoon I can say, "Il est treize heures" or "Il est une heure de l'après midi".
For times in the evening, we do the same thing. Evening begins at 5:00 pm in the French speaking world. If I wanted to say it is five o'clock in the morning, how would I do it? Like this: "Il est cinq heures" or "Il est cinq heures du matin". Now then, how would I say it is five o'clock in the evening? I would say either, "Il est dix-sept heures" or "il est cinq heures du soir".
Let's take a closer look at the "time of day" words:
Now I know what you are thinking. How do we indicate times before or after the hour? It is really very simple. Let us begin with the quater hours. Regardez (look)
Note the words in bold type:
Let's look at and repeat the words in bold again:
By this time I am sure that you are wondering how do we tell other times, like, oh, 5:23 a.m. par exemple (for example). It is almost exactly the same thing as in English. Look!
As you can see, telling time in French and telling time in English are very similar. The difference is the addition of the word heure(s) (hour), indicated as a letter "h" (which goes where the symbol ":" would go in English, between the hour being discussed and the minutes following that hour).
Suppose that you want to write the times in the graph above using numerals instead of words. This is also VERY similar to English. Regardez en bas (Look below):
Telling time is much easier than you thought, yes? I hope so. I am going to take a break and M. Charon is going to lead you in the next lesson.
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