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Learn to tell the time - requires Real Player Basic

Telling the Time

We measure the time in seconds, minutes and hours.

There are 24 hours in a day.

There are 60 minutes in an hour.

There are 60 seconds in a minute.

To tell the time you usually use a clock or a watch.

A clock: A watch:

There are analogue clocks and watches and there are digital clocks and watches.



Analogue clocks and watches often have numbers on the "face" to show the hours and lines to show the minutes. An analogue clock also has "hands", a short hand to show the hour, a longer hand to show the minutes, and sometimes a long thin hand to show the seconds.

Digital clocks and watches show the exact hours and minutes in numbers. They use 24 hours and sixty minutes to show the time.

To the Hour


We say o'clock on the hour:

12 oclock Twelve o'clock 6 oclock Six o'clock
1 oclock One o'clock 7 oclock Seven o'clock
2 oclock Two o'clock 8 oclock Eight o'clock
3 oclock Three o'clock 9 oclock Nine o'clock
4 oclock Four o'clock 10 oclock Ten o'clock
5 oclock Five o'clock 11 oclock Eleven o'clock

The times of the day:-

When talking about the time, to show whether it's morning or later we use am and pm.

00:01 - 11.59
12:01 - 18:00
18:01 - 22:00
22:01 - 23.59
1 to 11.59 am 12.01 to 6 pm 6.01 to 10 pm 10.01 to 11.59 pm
noon or midnight12 o'clock is noon (daytime) or midnight (night).

Your challenge: Tell us what time you get up in the morning, and what time you go to bed.   You can write your answer to the nearest hour, but don't use the 24-hour-clock, unless going to bed is a military exercise in your house:-

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Test your time - match the pictures with the time - Match It!

Read this song - Great for practising "the clock"

Extra work - Print out the worksheet and fill it in. Check your answers here (.rtf files)

Have a look at some idioms: Time Idioms


Print Version - you can print this lesson out here


Week 16