Dreizehn Uhr fünfundvierzig

Using the 24-hour clock is a more formal way of telling the time and is often used in a professional environment.

Listen to the times given in the audio and rephrase them using the 24-hour clock. Then check your answer by listening to the model provided. All times given refer to the afternoon or evening.

Hören Sie und sprechen Sie.

Sie hören: Es ist Viertel vor zwei.
Sie sagen: Es ist dreizehn Uhr fünfundvierzig.
Sie hören: Es ist dreizehn Uhr fünfundvierzig.

Regional ways of telling the time

When using the 12-hour clock, which is more common in everyday speech, it is useful to know that ways of telling the time can vary between different regions of German-speaking countries. In Austria, in East Germany and in Swabia, for example, you might hear viertel zwei (a quarter past one, literally ‘quarter two’) instead of Viertel nach eins. In these parts you might also come across drei viertel fünf (a quarter to five; literally ‘three-quarters five’) instead of Viertel vor fünf.

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