Che ore sono? What time is it?

Che ore sono? Sono le otto. What time is it? It’s eight o’clock. But how about the half: it’s mezza or mezzo? Learn how to tell the time in Italian!

What time is it in Italian

Che ore sono?
Sono le due, tre, quattro
È l’una | mezzogiorno | mezzanotte

  • To ask what time it is, you can say che ore sono? or che ora è?
  • To answer, you need the verb sono, followed by le and the basic number: Sono le tre.
  • You only need the verb è in three cases, namely è l’una (it’s one o’clock), è mezzogiorno (it’s midday) and è mezzanotte (it’s midnight).
  • The minutes after the full hour are indicated with e (and) until the fortieth minute, then meno (less) is used in relation to the next full hour.
  • Digital hours in Italy usually shows the time from 0 to 23:59. However when speaking it’s common to say the time with the numbers from 1 to 12: 21:00 • Sono le nove.

Che ore sono?

8:00Sono le otto.
8:05Sono le otto e cinque.
8:10Sono le otto e dieci.
8:15Sono le otto e un quarto.
8:20Sono le otto e venti.
8:25Sono le otto e venticinque.
8:30Sono le otto e mezza | e mezzo.*
8:35Sono le otto e trentacinque.
8:40Sono le otto e quaranta / Sono le nove meno venti.
8:45Sono le nove meno un quarto.
8:50Sono le nove meno dieci.
13:00È l’una.
12:00È mezzogiorno.
00:00È mezzanotte.
12:15È mezzogiorno e un quarto.

Mezza or mezzo?

Both mezza and mezzo are correct. So you can say le otto e mezza, as you can say le otto e mezzo. As you wish! Why? Because mezza refers to half hour (ora is feminine), while mezzo refers to a general half.

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