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 for asking the time in German 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.