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!
There are two questions that you might hear people use when asking about time:
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:
And you may get as an answer…
You might also hear:
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 is used with 1 e.g.:
Часа is used with 2,3 and 4 e.g.:
Часов is used with 5 to 12 e.g.:
In Russian, there are several ways of talking about meetings and appointments, depending on what kind of appointment you have:
To be more specific, for example if you are going to a doctor’s appointment, then you can say:
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:
Or if you have a business meeting:
Here's some useful Russian vocabulary relating to time…
Note: There is only one word for both watch and clock.
That’s it for today’s lesson. I hope you had fun!
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