Russian Time

This lesson you will learn how to talk about the time in Russian. By listening to the audio, and practicing the Russian words and phrases aloud, you’ll quickly learn how to ask for the time and tell others what time it is.  

By the end of this lesson you’ll be able to set up a meeting, appointment, or date in Russian, and be sure that you will be on time in Russia!

Russian Time

There are two questions that you might hear people use when asking about time:

Который час?

Katoryi chas?

What time is it?

Сколько сейчас времени?

Skol’ka sichas vremeni?

What time is it now?

The first question literally means “which hour is it now?” In reply to it people might give you an approximate time, like “it is the first hour” – which is the time between 12 and 1 o'clock.

If you would like to know the exact time, use the second question or a slightly more formal version:

Вы не знаете, сколько сейчас времени?

Vy ni znaete, skol’ka sichas vremini?

Do you know what time it is?

And you may get as an answer…

Да, конечно

Da, kaneshna

Yes of course…

8 часов

Vosim’ chisof

It is 8 o’clock.

девять тридцать

Devit’ treetsat’

It is nine thirty.

десять пятнадцать

Desit’ pitnatsit’

It's ten fifteen

You might also hear:

Пятнадцать минут одиннадцатого

Pitnatsit minoot adeenatstava

Quarter past ten

Без четверти час

Bis chetvirti chas

It is quarter to one

Нет, извините

Net, izvineeti

No, sorry

Some time phrases in Russian are expressed in not quite the same way as in English. But you can keep it simple for now by revising the words for 1 o'clock to 12 ‘o’clock’ which are:

Час (Chas), часа (chisa) and часов (chisof)

Час / часа / часов

Chas / chisa / chisof

O'clock

Час is used with 1 e.g.:

один час

odeen chas

One o’clock

Часа is used with 2,3 and 4 e.g.:

Два часа

dva chisa

Two o’clock

Часов is used with 5 to 12 e.g.:

пять часов

pyat’ chisof

5 o’clock

Сколько сейчас времени?

Skol’ka sichas vremini?

What time is it?

Сейчас три тридцать

Sichas tree treetsat’

It’s three thirty

Половина четвëртого

Palaveena chitvyortava

It’s half past three

Который час?

Katoryi chas?

What time is it?

Час пятнадцать

Chas pitnatsat’

It’s one fifteen

Четверть второго

chetvirt’ ftarova

It’s a quarter past one

In Russian, there are several ways of talking about meetings and appointments, depending on what kind of appointment you have:

Встреча

fstrecha

A meeting

To be more specific, for example if you are going to a doctor’s appointment, then you can say:

Я записался на приëм к врачу

Ya zapisalsia na priyom k vrachoo

I have a Doctor's appointment (m)

In Russian, we normally say “zapisalsia (m) / zapisalas’ (f) na priiom k …” followed by a person you made an appointment with - K vrachoo with a doctor.

If you’d like to say that you are going on a date you can say:

У меня свидание

Oo minya svidanie

I'm going on a date

Or if you have a business meeting:

У меня деловая встреча

Oo minya dilavaia fstrecha

I have a business meeting

Вы записались на приëм к врачу?

Vy zapisalis’ na priyom k vrachoo?

Do you have a doctor’s appointment?

У вас деловая встреча? / У вас свидание?

Oo vas dilavaia fstrecha / Oo vas svidanie?

Do you have a meeting? / Do you have a date?

Когда вы хотите записаться к врачу?

Kagda vy hateeti zapisatsa k vrachoo??

When do you want to have an appointment with the doctor?

Когда назначим встречу? / Когда назначим свидание?

Kagda naznachim fstrechoo / Kagda naznachim svidanie?

When do you want to set up the meeting? / When do you want to set up the date?

Когда у меня приëм к врачу? / Когда у меня встреча? / Когда у меня свидание?

Kagda u minya priyom k vrachoo / Kagda u minya fstrecha / Kagda u minya svidanie?

When do I have my doctor’s appointment ?/ When do I have my meeting ?/ When do I have the date?

Какого числа?

Kakova chisla?

On what date?

Here's some useful Russian vocabulary relating to time…

часы

chisy

The watch / The clock

Note: There is only one word for both watch and clock.

Встреча

Fstrecha

A meeting

Свидание

Svidanie

A date

Приëм к врачу

Priyom k vrachoo

A doctor’s appointment

Быть вовремя

Byt’ vovremya

To be on time

Опаздывать

Apazdyvat’

To be late

That’s it for today’s lesson. I hope you had fun!

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До скорого! (da skorava)

Natalia

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