Telling the time

Learn how to tell the time in Russian.

The 24-hour clock is widely used in Russian, although the 12-hour clock is also common, particularly in less formal situations.

Asking the time

сколько времени?what's the time?
который час?what's the time?
скажите, пожалуйста, сколько времени?could you tell me the time, please?
не подскажете который час?do you happen to have the time?
вы знаете сколько сейчас времени?do you know what time it is?

Telling the time

сейчас's ...
ровно ...exactly ...
примерно ...about ...
почти ...almost ...
немного больше, чем ...just gone ...
часone o'clock
два часаtwo o'clock
три часаthree o'clock
четыре часаfour o'clock
пять часовfive o'clock
шесть часовsix o'clock
семь часовseven o'clock
восемь часовeight o'clock
девять часовnine o'clock
десять часовten o'clock
одиннадцать часовeleven o'clock
двенадцать часовtwelve o'clock
четверть второгоquarter past one (literally: a quarter of two)
четверть третьегоquarter past two (literally: a quarter of three)
половина второгоhalf past one (literally: a half of two)
половина третьегоhalf past two (literally: a half of three)
без четверти дваquarter to two
без четверти триquarter to three
пять минут второгоfive past one
десять минут второгоten past one
двадцать минут второгоtwenty past one
двадцать пять минут второгоtwenty-five past one
без пяти дваfive to two
без десяти дваten to two
без двадцати дваtwenty to two
без двадцати пяти дваtwenty-five to two
десять часов пятнадцать минутten fifteen
десять часов тридцать минутten thirty
десять часов сорок пять минутten forty-five
десять часов утраten am
шесть часов вечераsix pm

It's also possible to state the time in Russian by saying the hour followed by the minutes. This can be followed by утра (from 4am until noon), дня (from noon until 5pm), вечера (from 5pm until midnight), or ночи (from midnight until 4am), if necessary, eg:

десять сорок два утра10.42am
четыре пятнадцать дня4.15pm


мои часы watch is ...
эти часы немного ...that clock's a little ...

Sound is available for all the Russian phrases on this page — simply click on any phrase to hear it.

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