Thursday, September 28, 2017

Telling Time

Day 19

Talking about time in Italian is somewhat different from English. It takes getting accustomed to a 24-hour format, where 3:00 p.m. is 15:00, and AM and PM become expressions for parts of the day and night. This was not too difficult to get used to. There is a pattern that can be kept in mind, as in the examples below.
  • È l’una. - It’s 1 PM.
  • Sono le 15. - It’s 15/3 PM.
  • Sono le undici di mattina. - It’s 11 in the morning.
  • Sono le due del pomeriggio. - It’s 2 in the afternoon.
  • Sono le sei di sera. - It’s 6 in the evening.
  • Sono le tre di notte. - It’s three in the morning.
With a little practice, repetition, and substitution of numbers, it's not too difficult to remember the structure.

Fino alla prossima volta!

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