Telling the Time

Telling the time

Learning Objectives 

  • Be able to ask and tell the time in French
  • Talk about the times of activities 
  • Talk about daily routines

Supplemental resources: more vocabulary about daily activities

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Key Words & Phrases

  • À l’heure ≠ En retard 
  • Tôt ≠ Tard
  • Quelle heure est-il ?
  • Il est _____ du matin.
  • Il est _____ l’après-midi. 
  • Il est _____ du soir.
  • Il est midi.
  • Il est minuit.
  • Il est deux heures pile. (2:00)
  • Il est deux heures cinq. (2:05)
  • Il est deux heures dix. (2:10)
  • Il est deux heures et quart. (2:15)
  • Il est deux heures et demie. (2:30)
  • Il est trois heures moins vingt-cinq. (2:35)
  • Il est trois heures moins quart. (2.45)
  • Il est trois heures moins dix. (2.50)
  • Il est trois heures moins cinq.  (2.55)


What time is it? – Part 1

What time is it? – Part 2

Telling the time

Daily routine

Lawless French: Telling time

BBC Bitesize: Telling the time using “être”

Rocket Languages: Telling the time

Love learning languages: Daily routine vocabulary


Houston French Teacher: The time

Learn French with Pascal: How to tell the time

Learn French with Frencheezi: Daily routine in French


BBC Bitesize: Telling the time

French Spanish Online: Tool for the pronunciation of time

Dummies: Expressing time in French

FrenchToday: Time and phrases (pronunciation)

You Learn French: Describe your daily routine

Frenchlearner: List of daily activities

Podcast Français Facile: List of daily activities


Lawless French: Quiz on time

Free French Quiz: Quiz on time

BBC Bitesize: Quiz on time

Using one of the recommended resources to get writing feedback, respond to the prompt below. 

Antoine, your pen pal, has written to you about his daily routine and asked you a few questions about yours. Answer them as best as you can – you’re allowed to make things up!

  • A quelle heure commence l’école dans ton pays ?
  • Est-ce que tu travailles ? A quelle heure tu commences ?
  • A quelle heure est-ce que tu te couches ?
  • A quelle heure tu te lèves dans la semaine ?
  • Est-ce que tu te lèves plus tard le week-end ?

Using one of the platforms for finding a tutor or language exchange partner, practice the speaking activities below. 

Partner Speaking Exercise:

  • Ask your partner questions about their daily routine, asking them at what time they perform certain tasks. Then, talk about your own daily routine, describing a typical day for you. You should have enough vocabulary to make simple sentences – if you do not know how to say a word, is there another way you can try to express this same thing? Try to use the online dictionary only for vocabulary you feel you absolutely need, and will be useful on your learning journey.

Independent Speaking Exercise:

  • This is a (made-up) typical day in the life of a French baker. Describe their routine as best as you can in French, as per the example below.

Une journée type d’un boulanger français

  • 02.50 (se réveiller) 

-> Le boulanger se réveille à deux heures cinquante / trois heures moins dix du matin.

  • 03.00 (se lever)
  • 03.10 (se doucher)
  • 03.20 (s’habiller)
  • 03.40 (aller au travail)
  • 04.00 (commencer le travail)
  • 10.45 (préparer les sandwichs)
  • 18.00 (fermer la boulangerie)
  • 18.05 (nettoyer)
  • 18.30 (rentrer à la maison)
  • 19.00 (se reposer)

You can find instructions and a download link in our flashcards module

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