French time

This free online French language lesson is all about learning French time. By listening to the audio, and practicing the French words and phrases aloud, you’ll quickly learn how to ask for the time and tell others what time it is.
By the end of this lesson you’ll be able to set up a meeting, appointment, or date in French, and be sure that you will be on time in France!

Talking about the time in French

Quelle heure est-il ?
What time is it ?
Est-ce que vous avez l’heure ?
Do you have the time? (Formal)
Est-ce que tu as l’heure  ?
Do you have the time? (informal)

And you may get as an answer…

Oui bien sûr…
Yes of course…
Il est 8 heures.
It is 8 o’clock.
Il est neuf heures et demie.
It is 9 thirty.
Il est dix heures et quart.
It's quarter past ten
Il est une heure moins le quart.
It is quarter to one.
Non, désolé(e).
No, sorry

It is almost like in English, so you should learn your number well and the rest will come easily. Now you will learn when they ask you if you have an appointment to go to the doctor or to meet with a friend “un rendez vous”.

Est-ce que vous avez un rendez vous ?
Do you have an appointment?
Quand est-ce que vous voulez un rendez vous avec le docteur ?
When do you want to have an appointment with the doctor?
Quand est-ce que vous voulez que l’on se voit ?
When do you want to meet? (formal)
Quand est-ce que tu veux que l’on se voit ?
When do you want to meet? (informal)

And you may want to know how to have someone repeat when your appointment is…

Quand est-ce que j’ai mon rendez vous ?
When do I have my appointment?
Quand est-ce que l’on se revoit ?
When are we meeting again?

Here's some useful French vocabulary relating to time…

La montre.
The watch
The clock
An appointment
Une réunion.
A meeting
Un rendez-vous amoureux.
A date
Etre à l’heure.
To be on time
Etre en retard.
To be late

That’s it for today’s lesson. I hope you had fun!

À bientôt!
Marie-Claire Rivière and the Rocket French Team


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