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Ten fifteen (reading time)

English: Ten fifteen (reading time)

French: Dix heures quinze

 

A few weeks ago in the south of France. Il y a quelques semaines au sud de la France. The plum tree flowers were blossoming that week in the French countryside. It was also nice to relax in a hammock by the lake.

 

Here’s a short lesson on how to read time in French, which is important for flight attendants, as you may expect. It’s common for you to need tell passengers arrival times, the current time, departure times, etc. either in person or in an announcement. Most times will follow the same pattern.


10:15 is read ‘’dix heures quinze.’’

Heure (f)=Hour

So you’re literally saying “ten hours fifteen”.


9:30 “neuf heures trente” Notice here that ‘’9’’ (neuf) is pronounced “neuve” in front of “heures”, which you can listen to and practice throughout our Canadian French for Flight Attendants audio course.


1:48 “Une heure quarante-huit”

We say ‘’Une heure’’ and not ‘’un heure’’ because ‘’heure’’ is feminine.


11:01 “Onze heures une”

We say ‘’onze heures une” and not “onze heure un” because the implied word “minute” is feminine, even if we usually don’t say it in French when telling time. “One minute” “Une minute”.


16:05 “Seize heures cinq”

In an airport or train station context, it’s very common to use the 24-hour clock. The 24-hour clock is al