Katrink Posted February 17, 2014 Report Share Posted February 17, 2014 How do you think, is asking time actual today or not? I mean, worth it learning or not? How often do you ask the time or answer people when they ask you? On the one hand learning how to ask time in Russian (or any other language) may seem useless or at least not very important. Because every person today has a cell phone or a tablet with digital clock on it. On the other hand, mobile gadgets can be lost, stolen, or simply a battery can be low. So having a cell phone is not a warranty at all. You can always wear watch, but what if a person on the street will ask you about the time? You should be ready for it and know what to tell. Do not worry this material is not complicated. We have two basic phrases how to ask time: Сколько времени? Skol´ko vremeni?Который час? Kotoryj čas?In English both variants will be translated as: What time is it?However, the first and the second phrase are not very polite. You can ask this question to your close friend or a family member. If you want to ask time to an unknown person, so use these patterns:Извините, Вы не подскажите который сейчас час? Izvinite, Vy ne podskažite kotoryj sejčas čas?Excuse me, could you tell me the time? Скажите, пожалуйста, который сейчас час?Skažite, požalujsta, kotoryj sejčas čas?Please, tell me what time is it now? Now, I think that everything is clear with asking the time. But how to answer if somebody asks you? For this, you just need to know numbers from one to sixty and two words:Час - Čas - HourМинута - Minuta – Minute For example, 10:50 on digital clock will be in Russian: Десять часов пятьдесят минутDesât´ časov pât´desât minutTen hours and fifty minutesBy the way, do not forget about case declension. It is very simply.Now, learn some phrases if you like to round hours.четверть – četvert´ - quarter afterбез четверти – bez četverti - quarter to ровно – rovno - exactlyполовина – polovina - half an hour toпол – pol - half an hour toполночь - polnoč´ – midnightпочти - počti – almost полдень - polden´ - noonFor example, Пол пятогоPol pâtogoIt is half past four.Без двадцати девятьBez dvadcati devât´It is twenty minutes to eightIf you learn this vocabulary, so I am sure you will not have problems saying about time. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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