Asking the time in German
In this lesson we find out about how to ask and tell the time. Asking someone the time is a great ice-breaker question, even if you don't really need to know the time! And what's more, asking the time is simple in German. All you need to ask is:
You could also ask
If you wish to ask a stranger for the time in a more polite way, you could say
The answer will start with Es ist…. It is…
Talking about Quarter Hours and Thirty Minutes
You can also tell the time in 15- or 30-minute chunks.
The sentence “Es ist halb zwei” literally translates as "it is half two". In German half two “halb zwei” means half way to two, or 1.30. Let’s have a look at some more examples
You can also tell how much time remains until striking the hour:
Use the word “nach” past, to tell how many minutes past the full hour it is.