Telling Time: Pronunciation

What time is it?

Everyone needs to know how to tell the time. Even if English language learners know how to express clock time in their native language, they might not be familiar or comfortable doing so in English. As a follow-up to our new, kid-friendly Telling Time lesson, I thought I’d record the pronunciation of the times in the lesson so that learners can clearly hear and practice how to express them. I hope this will make your students feel more confident the next time someone asks them, “What time is it?”


Listen and repeat these common clock times. Make sure students realize there is more than one way to say most times. (All the variations are listed in our lesson and in the audio recording.)


Play the audio alone for listening and pronunciation practice. Then play it again with the transcript so that students can see the spelling and hyphenation of these common clock times.

Listen and repeat.

What time is it?

  1. It’s four o’clock.
  2. It’s four oh five. / It’s five after four.
  3. It’s four ten. / It’s ten after four.
  4. It’s four fifteen. / It’s quarter after four.
  5. It’s four twenty. / It’s twenty after four.
  6. It’s four twenty-five. / It’s twenty-five after four.
  7. It’s four thirty. / It’s half past four.
  8. It’s four thirty-five. / It’s twenty-five to five.
  9. It’s four forty. / It’s twenty to five.
  10. It’s four forty-five. / It’s quarter to five.
  11. It’s four fifty. / It’s ten to five.
  12. It’s four fifty-five. / It’s five to five.
  13. It’s twelve o’clock. / It’s noon. / It’s midnight.

Tanya Trusler

Tanya is a freelance editor and writer with an extensive background as an ESL teacher. She edits lesson plans, creates new materials, and writes weekly blog posts for ESL-Library and Sprout English. Her company is Editing to a T. Follow her on Twitter (@tanyatrusler) and Google Plus.

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