German Advent Calendar 5 – T-Tig 2

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T-Tig – Street Edition

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Hello everyone,

and welcome back to your epic Advent Calendar, door number 5.
And if you’ve been following the calendar closely, you might already know by the title what is behind today’s door and its cryptic name – it’s a speaking exercise for

Telling the Time in German

A few days ago, we did one for the “formal” version of time (I call it News Speak).
And today, we’ll do one for Street Speak, which is what people actually use in everyday life.

This one is actually going to be a tiny bit longer than the one for News Speak simply because Street Speak is a little bit trickier and there’s actually a bit to remember.
Here are the most important points.

  • It uses 12 hour system, with am/pm being fully left to context.
  • The full hour is “um X”.
  • The half hour is “halb X”, with X being what is COMING.
  • The rest of the times are expressed in reference to the full hour or the half hour, depending what’s closer.
  • The 15 minutes mark and the 45 minute mark are called “viertel”.

Yeah… it’s actually really confusing in this condensed form, so if you now feel like “Hmmm, I low-key think I should review that again.” then you can find all you need in my article here… just look for the section on Street Speak:

German Time of Day 

As for the quiz itself, I’ll show you a time in number format and you have to say it as a full sentence:

“Es ist blah blah blah.”

Press record to start the recording, and press again to stop.
The button should change color. If not, it’s likely that the browser blocks my site from accessing the mic.

The AI will automatically compare your version with how it should sound correctly and calculate a percent match. If that is above the threshold, you’ll see a word by word breakdown of how you did. If not, you can try again.
The threshold is set to “60% match” but you can adjust that freely during the exercise. So you can make it super lenient or super hard or just play around with it.

If you want to hear me say it, just click hint. There will be a play button with me saying it.

And don’t forget… the goal is NOT to get 100% in pronunciation, the goal is that you practice saying the time.
So, I think we’re all set, so viel Spaß :)!

And, how was it?
It wasn’t as easy as News Speak, right?
Let me know how you did and what (if anything) you find confusing. I’ll try my best to clear it up in the comments then.
I hope you enjoyed this, have a great day and bis morgeeeeeeeeeen :)

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daddyfrank
daddyfrank
7 months ago

Hallo, Entshuldigung. Ich in ein bisschen spät zu der Übung gekommen :o) I just wanted to initially say thank you very much for these exercises and agree wholeheartedly with everyone’s praise of the teaching and commitment to feedback, both are priceless to learners.

I also have a question! My Wife (born and schooled in East Germany) also says that 10:15 can be said ‘viertel elf‘ as in ‘it is a quarter of an hour on its way to being 11 o’clock.’ and can also say ‘drei viertel elf‘ instead of ‘viertel vor elf‘ using the same logic (3/4 of an hour on the way to being 11 o’clock). this fits with the more well known ‘halb elf‘. Is this a ‘general’ idea for time telling in German? or more likely a regional thing?

coleussanctus
coleussanctus
8 months ago

I just came across something I hadn’t seen before and was wondering how common it is to use “zu” like this:

Jeden Abend bringe ich meinen Sohn zu 7 ins Bett.

Google gave me some results for things like “zu festen Zeiten ins Bett gehen” and “zu einer bestimmten Zeit ins Bett”, but not much for zu + specific time of day.

Zoë
Zoë
8 months ago

I’ve just wasted ten minutes on “Es ist halb elf” can’t get either ‘halb’ or ‘elf’ green at all. Can’t get above 70%. To me, I sound exactly like the example. Hugely frustrating, just wish I could hear what I’m saying wrong.

coscorrodrift
coscorrodrift
8 months ago

Can you say “es ist 10 nach um 7” instead of “es ist 10 nach 7”?

fairyhedgehog
fairyhedgehog
8 months ago

I really liked this. What would be even better, is to be able to hear the correct pronunciation when mine falls short. I am getting fünf and vor and a few others a bit wrong, but I’m struggling to hear how they should sound. Viertel is particularly difficult for some reason.

berlingrabers
berlingrabers
8 months ago
Reply to  Emanuel

Can’t do better than 97% SHAME SHAME SHAME

berlingrabers
berlingrabers
8 months ago
Reply to  Emanuel

Yeah, and you can ensure good scores by over-enunciating and separating words from each other so it sounds really unnatural, so “it’s not about getting a perfect score” is definitely a good word. I think, listening to my recorded “viertel”, that it sounds OK… not sure what the thing is looking for on that.

nskach
nskach
8 months ago

Thank you Emanuel and the community for giving me membership.

marko
marko
8 months ago

Vielleicht ist die umgangssprachliche Wiener Zeit weiter verbreitet, als du denkst. Auf jeden Fall ist sie die logischste.

13:00 = Ein Uhr
13:05 = Fünf nach eins.
13:10 = Fünf vor viertel zwei. / Zehn nach eins.
13:15 = Viertel zwei.
13:20 = Viertel zwei und fünf Minuten.
13:25 = Fünf vor halb zwei.
13:30 = Halb zwei.
13:35 = Halb zwei und fünf Minuten.
13:40 = Fünf vor dreiviertel zwei.
13:45 = Dreiviertel zwei
13:50 = Dreiviertel zwei und fünf Minuten / zehn vor zwei.
13:55 = Fünf vor zwei
14:00 = Zwei Uhr

Der “Pol” zur vollen Stunde hat mehr Anziehungskraft als der “Pol” zur halben Stunde, denn es ist in Ordnung, zur vollen Stunde “zehn vor” und “zehn nach” zu sagen, aber nicht zur halben Stunde.

Ich hatte nicht gewusst, dass Cari diese Zeitsysteme nicht durchschauen konnte – sie schien mir bisher immer eine kluge Frau zu sein. Was ist mit Janusz? ;)

stosselgg
stosselgg
8 months ago

Useful exercise to learn “Street Speak” for time. I’ve never been exposed to before/after the half hour before, always before/after the top of the hour.

Rose
Rose
8 months ago

Hi!

I wanted to thank the German learning community for sponsoring my membership! It has been so kind, I’m genuinely touched by your kindness. The website is amazing and the nuances that it explains just leaves me feeling like “oh…OH!” every time I read an article.

Thank you again to the community, I look forward to paying in back in the future.

Mauricio Rosas
Mauricio Rosas
8 months ago

The “halb Elf” through me off

ken gilfillan
ken gilfillan
8 months ago

I suck at telling time but this was a great quiz!

Volha
Volha
8 months ago

Thank you, it’s an awesome quiz to refresh the knowledge about time in German! Have a good weekend!

Elsa
Elsa
8 months ago

Good morning!

Only one typo, apart from the one before the Quiz pointed by Jake.
“title what behind today’s door” (title what is behind today’s door)

One question, which is more usual for z.B. 10:20 – zwanzig nach zehn oder zehn vor halb elf (eine mathematische Übung, wie Ahmad geschieben hat)? (same applies to 10:40)? I’ve heard both versions and don’t know which is more idiomatic…
Bis morgen!

Jake
Jake
8 months ago

Vorher den Quiz hast du gesagt: „ And don’t forget… the goal is NOT to get 100% in pronunciation, the goal is that you practice spoken past.“

Wir üben nicht die gesprochene Vergangenheit, sondern die Zeit. ;)

Ahmad Mazaheri
Ahmad Mazaheri
8 months ago

” Es ist fünf nach halb sechs” für 17:35 ! Es ist eine mathematische Übung . Wie erstaunlich ! Anstelle meiner Aussprache zu verbessern, mache ich Mathe .

Es sieht aus dass diese Art und Weise ist ziemlich mehr einfach um die Zeit zu sagen . Oder ?
Ich hoffe dir einen schönen Tag.
Bis Morgen

Ahmad Mazaheri
Ahmad Mazaheri
8 months ago
Reply to  Emanuel

Im Vergleich zu ” Street talk ” also amtliche Sprache basiert um 0/24 Uhr dass du schon geklärt hast .

Paul Ed
Paul Ed
8 months ago

I know I should just accept it, but it will now bug me all night … why does the pronunciation of ‘viertel’ sound more like vertel rather than vier+tel?

Jon Monson
Jon Monson
8 months ago

Thanks, that was cool and fun

mokcyn
mokcyn
8 months ago
Reply to  Jon Monson

Stimmt!