How to Tell Time in French

By OptiLingo

How Is Different Is Telling Time in French?

Understanding how to tell time in French is a necessary step on your path towards foreign language fluency. When learning the French language, you’ll need to know how to talk about time because sooner or later, you’ll need to talk about it. It is pretty much an inevitability. The following are a few words and phrases that will be helpful.

Second une seconde
Minute une minute
Hour une heure
un jour un jour
Week une semaine
Month un mois
Year un an
Decade une décennie
Century heure
Hour un siècle
Millennium un millénaire
Sunrise le lever de soleil
Dawn une aube
Morning le matin
Afternoon un / une après-midi
Evening le soir
Dusk le crépuscule
Sunset le coucher de soleil
Night la nuit
Afternoon un / une après-midi
Day before yesterday l’avant-veille (using the adverb “avant-hier” is much more common)
Yesterday hier
Today aujourd’hui
Now maintenant
Tomorrow demain
Day after tomorrow le surlendemain (using the adverb “après-demain” is much more common)
What is the time? Quelle heure est-il ? (Direct translation: “What hour is it?”)
It is five past two. Il est deux heures cinq. (Direct translation” “It is two hours five.”
It’s half past four. Il est quatre heures et demie. (Direct translation: “It is four hours and a half.”)
It’s a quarter to six. Il est six heures moins le quart. (Direct translation: “It is six hours less the quarter.”)
It’s midnight. Il est minuit.
It’s exactly 3 o’clock. Il est trois heures pile. (Direct translation: “It is 3 hours exactly.”)
It’s ten to five. Il est cinq heures moins dix. (Direct translation: “It is five hours less ten.”)
It’s a quarter past six. Il est six heures et quart. (Direct translation: “It is six hours and and quarter.”)
It’s noon. Il est midi.