German Hours (die uhrzeit), Do not Say German Clocks, Wie spät ist es?

In this lesson German hours We will cover the subject. German hours lecture; It can be summarized under the headings of asking what time it is in German, telling the time in German, asking and telling the time in official and colloquial language.

First of all, let us emphasize that in order to be able to tell the time in German, German numbers It is necessary to know at least the German numbers from 1 to 100 very well.

It is difficult for us to tell the hours without knowing the German numbers exactly. German numbers if you haven't learned it well, first of all after learning numbers well German hours You should work on the subject. You cannot learn German clocks without knowing the numbers. Also, when learning German clocks, we should not think as we say in Turkish. We will give details below. The subject of German clocks is a very important subject, as it is used quite often in daily life, like many of our other topics, and it needs to be learned well, it needs to be done a lot.

German hours The subject is generally included in the education curriculum of the 9th grades of high school and it is likely to be seen in the 10th and 11th grades as well. In this lesson called German clocks, the following topics will be examined in detail:

  • How to ask German time?
  • How do you say the exact hours in German?
  • How to say German half-clocks?
  • How to say German quarter clocks?
  • How to say German hour and minute?

In this lesson we German hours We will try to cover all aspects as much as possible. In this lesson we will learn to say full hours, half hours, quarter hours and minutes in German. also We will learn to ask and say what time it is in German. We will also learn the phrases to say the official hours and the hours in daily conversations. The concept of time is a time zone, again on our site. German days the subject should be learned as a concept of time. Also on our site German months The subject named is one of the subjects that should be learned after German hours. Also, if you wish after learning these German seasons You can also browse to your location.

Slowly now German hours Let's get into our topic. Asking for the time in German and saying the time in German are usually taught to 9th grade students in schools, however, students who do not take German lessons in 9th grade or take German lessons but do not take them sufficiently can be given German hours lectures in 10th grade.

As you know, a day is 24 hours. In our daily conversations, whether it is eight in the morning or eight in the evening, when we ask what time is it, we always say eight. So we wouldn't say twenty o'clock. This is true in everyday conversation. However, in official speeches, for example, on the radio, television, news and similar environments, the time will be said, while it is called twenty in the evening and eight in the morning. We talk over 12 hours in daily conversations, but in formal conversations we talk over 24 hours and numbers after 12 are also used.


  • German hours: die Uhrzeit

In German, hours are asked using the following pattern.

Ask German Time

1. Wie spät ist es?
2. Wieviel Uhr ist es?

Wie spät ist es? and Wieviel Uhr ist es? The question patterns in German what time is it? It means. You can use both patterns, they both mean the same.
In German, the clock is asked this way.

As you can see, these German patterns in English What is the time? ve What time is it? the question poses a similarity.

For additional information, see the spät kelmeinde ä for more information on what it means, how you read it, and how you can write this ä on your keyboard German Alphabet It is explained in our topic titled. If you wish, friends can read that topic.

German Time Telling

Now that you have learned how to ask the clock in German, let's take a look at how the times are spoken. The hours in German are expressed in numbers of 1-12 in daily conversations (Informell). (for example, at 3, hours, etc.)
In formal interviews and correspondence (Formell) the numbers between 12-24 are used. (for example, ninety-thirty hours at 20.00-hours).

  • Formell (Offiziell) Clocks in German
  • Informell (Inoffiziell) Hours in German

There is a difference between official and unofficial usage of telling clocks in German. unofficial use is called, Informal called or Inoffiziell So you know when the opponent's hours telling Informell or telling Inoffiziell the times are unofficial what is used in everyday life when it comes out of something.

In the same way, Formal say or watch offiziell when you say something like saying formal you know it's official use in life, in official agencies, in news, on television, on the radio.

In that case, the German clock is used both in daily life Informell Informell both in terms of usage formal use ie Formell We will first look at the use of Informell in daily life. After learning to use Informell, we will give examples of using Formell at the end of the position.

First, let's start at the position with the exact hours being spoken in German.

Do not Say Full Time in German

Let's consider the exact hours first. To master this subject, you need to know the numbers by heart.
The method to be followed in full hours is as follows:

Es ist ...... Uhr.

German Full Time Examples:

  • Time 5: Es ist fünf Uhr
  • Time 7: Es ist sieben Uhr
  • Time 8: Es ist acht Uhr
  • Time 9: Es ist neun Uhr
  • Time 10: Es ist zehn Uhr
  • Time 12: Es ist zwölf Uhr

It is five Uhr

Watches five

It is come Uhr

Watches four

It is ten Uhr

Watches on

It is eleven Uhr

Watches eleven

In German, exact times are easy to say, and in addition to the examples we give up, let us give the following example as an example.

Don't Say German Time
Don't Say German Time

Now let's see how half-clocks are spoken in German.

Do not Say German Hourglass Clocks

In Germany, half-clocks are said by following the method.

Do not Say German Hourglass Clocks

Es ist halb ... (+ 1) ....

If the hour is four and a half hours, the dotted quad is not the four, but the five.
Halb word means half.
Let's examine the following examples.

  • Four and a half hours: Es ist halb fünf
  • Five and a half hours: Es ist halb sechs
  • Six o'clock at midnight: Es ist halb sieben
  • At ten o'clock: Es ist halb elf

Es ist halb sieben

It's half past six o'clock

Es ist halb zwei

It's half past one o'clock

Es ist halb fünf

It's half past four

Es ist halb vier

Its three thirty

Es ist halb zehn

It's half past nine

Es ist halb elf

It's half past ten

Es ist halb neun

It's half past eight

Half-hour clocks in German can be said in daily conversations among the people, briefly as the following examples show:

  • halb sieben: six and a half
  • halb acht: seven and a half
  • halb elf: ten and a half
  • one and a half: halb zwei
  • two and a half: halb drei
  • three and a half: halb vier

What is important here is that it is absolutely necessary to use an hour ahead.

Now let's give some pictures of how to say German half-clocks.
The illustrated examples also help to make the subject more understandable and memorable.

Do not Say German Hourglass Clocks
Do not Say German Hourglass Clocks

* In German, half an hour when you are told to remember to say one hour ahead.

Do not Say German Quarterly Clocks

Do not say quarterly clocks in German quarter past ve quarter to in two stages.

German Watches
German Watches

Es ist Viertel nach ……………………………… ..

Es ist Viertel vor ………………………………….

The phrases we have given above are used to tell German quarter-hours.

  1. Es ist Viertel nach …………………. pattern “quarter pastIt means ”. If the quarter of the hour passes where the point is left blank, that number is brought.
  2. Es ist Viertel vor …………………. pattern “quarter toIt means ”. The number of hours is brought to the space left blank with a dot.

In the meantime, let's not forget that, in the German quarter clocks, the mold "Quarter"The word"quarterAnd the initial letter of this word is always capitalized.

How to say that the German time is quarter past?

Quoting in German, a quarter is said, as shown in the following pattern:

Es ist Viertel nach ...............

In the above phrase, the word nach means "passing-by". If the quarter of the hour passes, that number is brought to the dotted place. For example, if it is a quarter past 3, then you should write "drei" in the dotted area. The word Viertel means quarter. The subject will be better understood with the examples we will give now.

Es ist Viertel nach vier

It's quarter past four

Es ist Viertel nach sieben

Quarter past seven

Es ist Viertel nach neun

The time is quarter past nine

Es ist Viertel nach elf

It's quarter past ten

Es ist Viertel nach zwölf

It's quarter past twelve

Es ist Viertel nach zwei

Quarter past two

Es ist viertel nach drei

Quarter past three

Es ist Viertel nach sechs

Quarter past six

Other examples of German quarter clocks:

  • Time is five quarters: Es ist Viertel nach fünf
  • Quarter past eight: Es ist Viertel nach acht
  • Quarter four quarters: Es ist Viertel nach vier
  • It's a quarter past seven: Es ist Viertel nach sieben

How To Say There Is A Quarter In German?

When speaking in German the quarter is said as it is shown in the following pattern:

Es ist Viertel vor ...............

In the above phrase, the word vor means "exist, stay". If there is a quarter of the hour, that number is brought to the dotted place. For example, if there is a quarter at 4 o'clock, then four, that is, "vier", should be written in the dotted area. The word Viertel means quarter. The subject will be better understood with the examples we will give now.

Es ist Viertel vor neun

It's quarter to nine

Es ist Viertel vor zehn

It's quarter to ten

Es ist viertel vor elf

It's quarter to eleven o'clock

Es ist Viertel vor zwei

It's quarter to two

Es ist Viertel vor vier

It's quarter to four

Es ist viertel vor drei

It's quarter to three

Es ist Viertel vor zwölf

It's quarter to twelve

Es ist Viertel vor fünf

It's quarter to five

Es ist Viertel vor sechs

It's quarter to six

Other examples of German quarter clocks:

  • There is a quarter to five o'clock: Es ist Viertel vor fünf
  • Quarter to quarter: Es ist Viertel vor acht
  • There is a quarter of the time at: Es ist Viertel vor vier
  • There is a quarter to an hour: Es ist Viertel vor sieben

Do not Say German Times in Minutes

In Germany, minute hours are formed according to the following example.

Es ist ......... vor / nach .........

Do not say the hour of the minutes above the first dotted hour is the minute, the second dotted hour is the hour We will bring.

in means the word-kala means and to We have just mentioned that the word means passing.

Es ist …………………… .. nach ……………………… ..

Es ist …………………… .. vor …………………………

In the above molds to word passing, night It means, in If the word is var, kala It means. For example, to say an hour as if it's five o' The word ”is used. To tell an hour like it's five o'clock, "inThe word ”is used. In the above molds, the minute is brought to the first point, and the hour is brought to the second point.. Do not forget this absolutely. Otherwise, you tell the time wrong. Now let's see our examples of saying hours with minutes in German.

It is five to ten.

Watches UN five passing

It is ten to two

Watches two on passing

It is zwanzig to three 

Watches tip yirmi passing

It is fünfundzwanzig to come 

Watches four of them twenty five passing

It is eleven to seven

Watches seven eleven passing

It is ten to five

Watches five of them on passing

Now let's give examples of German watches that are ten to five o'clock.

It is five in five
Watches to five five var

It is ten in three
Watches to three on var

It is zwanzig in eight
Watches to eight yirmi var

It is eight in two
Watches in two eight var

It is ten in come
Watches at four on var

It is zwanzig in six
Watches to six yirmi var

It is zwanzig in seven
Watches to seven yirmi var

Now let's give some examples of German hours that are both present and past:

  • Twenty hours past three: Es ist zwanzig nach drei
  • There are twenty twenty hours: Es ist zwanzig vor drei
  • It is forty-five forty: Es ist vierzig nach fünf
  • There are forty five forty: Es ist vierzig vor fünf
  • Es ist zehn nach zwei: Time is two to ten
  • Es ist zwanzig nach drei: Twenty hours past three
  • Es ist fünfundzwanzig nach fünf: five five twenty five
  • Es ist elf nach sieben: It's been seven o'clock
  • Es ist fünf vor fünf: There are five at five o'clock
  • Es ist zehn vor vier: There are ten at ten o'clock
  • Es ist zwanzig vor neun: There are twenty at nine o'clock
  • Es ist acht vor elf: There are eightteen o'clock in the hour

In order to be able to learn German hours, we have to say that we have to dominate the german numbers first.
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German Hours Formell - Offiziell (Official)

We did all of the above lectures in the form used in daily life, ignoring the official life. However, in cases such as official speech and correspondence, hours are spoken over 24 hours. For example, when it is two o'clock in the noon it is called fourteen. In addition, the form below is used during official hours. Let's give a few examples for situations like this:

In German, hours are written or spoken as follows on the radio, television, news and similar places.

Est ……………………. Uhr ………………………

In the above pattern, we bring the hour to the first dotted place, and the minute to the second dotted place.

It is ten Uhr zwanzig

Watches UN yirmi passing

It is three Uhr ten

Watches tip on passing

It is seven Uhr forty

Watches seven Fourty (seven Fourty passing)

6:50 : It is six Uhr fünfzig

9:40 : It is nine Uhr forty

22:55 : It is Zweiundzwanzig Uhr fünfundfunfzig

German Time Formell - More Examples of Offiziell (Official) Saying:

  • Es ist zehn Uhr zwanzig: Twenty hours past
  • Es ist acht Uhr fünfundzwanzig: Twenty-five at eight o'clock
  • 7. 40 Es ist sieben Uhr vierzig
  • 10. 45 Es ist zehn Uhr fünfundvierzig
  • 20. 55 Es ist zwanzig Uhr fünfundfünfzig
  • 22.30 Es ist zweiundzwanzig Uhr dreißig

Finally, we also recommend that you thoroughly review our picture below, which includes FORMELL - INFORMELL clock samples which we have prepared for you.

Asking and Saying Time in German
Asking and Saying Time in German

We finish the German clocks topic here, friends. This subject, like our other subjects, is the most comprehensive guide written on German clocks and does not require other resources. We wish you all the best in your German learning career.

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      I realized later that it was quite wrong. It's half past four: Es ist halb funf
      five and a half hours: Es ist halb sechs
      Six o'clock at midnight: Es ist halb sieben
      10: 30: Es ist halb elf

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    10:30 am: Es ist halb elfr

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