How to tell the time
This is an easy question: what time is it? Now you’ll be able to answer that in no time. We can say that in Russian there are two ways of telling the time. Here we’ll learn the easy one where, for example, for 8:15 we say “It’s eight fifteen”. In hte difficult way (that we won’t learn) we would say: “it’s fifteen minutes of the ninth hour”. In the end what matters is knowing how to tell the right time:
Summary with images and sound:
We’ve put together in video the most important words and phrases to help you memorize them. After watching it, you can read and listen to all the vocabulary we’ve prepared for this topic.
How to ask "what time is it?"
Here you have two ways of asking the same question. Both are equally used, so there isn’t one option more important than the other. Listen to the audio carefully and repeat them. Then choose the one you like most and use it:
It's three o'clock
This is very easy. Just say the numbers up to 12 and add the Russian word for “hours”. For example for 3 o’clock we say in Russian “3 hours”. Pay attention to the way we say “hours” according to the number:
Telling the minutes in Russian
As we’ve mentioned at the beginning, here we’ll learn the easy way to tell the time. This is as easy as saying this: number of hours + number of minutes. If you don’t know how to count in Russian visit our section on numbers:
More useful words
You’ve learnt enough to ask and tell the time in real Russian. Now you’re going to learn to make a difference between the morning and the evening, which can come in handy in certain situations: