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Ciao a tutti! Sono Consuelo. Hi everybody! I’m Consuelo.
Welcome back to ItalianPod101.com’s Italiano in tre minuti, the fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn Italian.
In the last lesson, we covered the directions in Italian. Today we are going to learn how to ask for the time and how to answer this question.
In Italian, "What time is it?" is che ore sono? The first word, che, means "what." This is followed by ore, which in English is "hours." Then you have sono, which literally means "are they."
(One more time slowly: che ore sono?)
However, there is also another expression with the same meaning, but in a different form, using the singular version: Che ora è?
(One more time slowly: che ora è?)
Let’s cover how to answer now!
When talking about hours o'clock, you just have to say the number and that’s it.
1 o'clock una
2 o'clock due
3 o'clock tre
4 o'clock quattro
5 o'clock cinque
6 o'clock sei
7 o'clock sette
8 o'clock otto
9 o'clock nove
10 o'clock dieci
11 o'clock undici
12 o'clock dodici
In Italian, the easy way is to say sono le, "it's," then the number for "hours" followed by the conjunction e and then the number for "minutes." For example:
Sono le cinque e venti. ("It's five twenty")
(One more time slowly: sono le cinque e venti)
Whenever you need to say "midday"/"noon" or "midnight," you might use mezzogiorno and mezzanotte.
E’ mezzogiorno (it’s noon). E’ mezzanotte (it’s midnight).
Finally, "quarter" in Italian is quarto, so "It’s 3:15" in Italian can also be sono le tre e un quarto.
(One more time slowly: sono le tre e un quarto)
"A quarter," un quarto, in Italian can also be used in different ways, as in sono un quarto alle nove. "It’s a quarter to nine."
(One more time slowly: sono un quarto alle nove.)
Or sono le nove meno un quarto. Literally, "it’s nine less a quarter."
(One more time slowly: sono le nove meno un quarto.)
Here background changes into an Italian street or square
Consuelo: Scusi, sa che ore sono?
Passer-by: Sono le sei e un quarto.
Consuelo: Grazie, molto gentile!
As you probably noticed in the previous scene, I added the verb sa, meaning "do you know," before che ore sono. That is the verb sapere, "to know," and sa stands for "do you know" when making questions referring to Lei.
Now it’s time for Consuelo’s tips:
When answering, please remember to say sono le, followed by the hours. Only in the case of mezzogiorno, mezzanotte, and l’una, meaning "one," is the right verb to use è: è mezzogiorno, è mezzanotte, è l’una.
This does it for today! In today’s class, we learned how to ask for the time and what to answer.
We’ll be waiting for you in our next Italiano in tre minuti lesson!
Ciao alla prossima lezione!!


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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Ciao listeners!

Che ora è?

Try to answer in Italian?

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Wednesday at 08:26 AM
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Ciao Rodrigo,


Grazie per il tuo commento! :smile:

Siamo contenti di averti qui.


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We're happy to have you here.

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Sunday at 12:16 PM
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Ciao a tutti,

Qui in Sao Paulo, Brasile sono mezzanotte e dodici. Grazie per questa aula. Mi sento molto bene di imparare l'italiano qui con voi! Altra volta, Grazie!

Hello everybody,

Here in Sao Paulo, Brazil is midnight and twelve minutes. Thank's for this class. I feel very good learning italian with you. Once again, Thank you!

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Thursday at 12:44 PM
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Hi Heba Abed,

Thank you for posting.

For this series the Line by Line is not available, but we welcome your suggestion.



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Heba Abed
Monday at 07:08 PM
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I am not able to listen to conversation in "Line by Line" section! It would be great if you could allow us to listen to the dialogue as provided in the "Vocabulary"


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Monday at 05:28 PM
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Hi milli,

Thank you for posting!

What do you mean there are no lessons 12 to 25? :smile:

All the 25 lessons from this series are available here.

Please, let us know if you have questions.



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Friday at 01:42 AM
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hello, why there is no lesson 12-25?

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Tuesday at 03:31 PM
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Ciao a tutti!

Elaine Roach, prego! :smile:

Tony, you can find all the newest lessons at this link!


Thank you,


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Saturday at 09:44 PM
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Do you have any audio/video lesson on Days of week, Months and Seasons?

Elaine Roach
Tuesday at 11:10 PM
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Ciao Ofelia,

Ti ringrazio del tuo aiuto!

Elaine Roach

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Monday at 05:57 PM
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Ciao Elaine,

Grazie mille da parte di Consuelo! Thank you very much on behalf of Consuelo! :smile:

If you have any question, please let us know!

A presto,


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