Chinese Podcast 1011-05

Different ways to tell the time

In this section we look at different ways of writing times.
For example, "7:45" is the same time as "quarter to eight".

On a clock face, this can be represented as shown on the right.

Also, remember that one hour is 60 minutes, so that:

  • half an hour = 30 minutes
  • quarter of an hour = 15 minutes
  • three quarters of an hour = 45 minutes

Getting used to the clock

The time is given below on a clock face, in words and in digits. The clock can be set in a number of ways.

  • You can use the left and right arrows to move backwards and forwards in five minute jumps.
  • You can also click on the edge of the clock face to set the hands to the appropriate positions. Click where you want the minute hand first, then where you want the hour hand.
    For example, to set the time to "quarter to eight", you need to click on the nine for the minute hand and just below the eight for the hour hand.
  • If you want to go back to 12 o'clock at any point, click on the centre of the clock.
Use the clock to practice setting the time, and to get used to the different ways of writing the time in words and digits.

Example Questions

Work out the answer to each of these questions then click on the button marked to see whether you are correct.

Question 1
For each of the following times, work out the time using digits and what the clockface should look like.
(a) twenty five past eight
(b) quarter to ten

Question 2
Use each of the following clockfaces to work out the time using words and using digits. (c)

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Exercises

Work out the answers to the questions below and fill in the boxes. Click on the button to find out whether you have answered correctly. If you are right then will appear and you should move on to the next question. If appears then your answer is wrong. Click on to clear your original answer and have another go. If you can't work out the right answer then click on to see the answer.

Question 2
Mark the times below on the clock faces alongside.
NOTE: In this question the first click sets the minute hand, and the second click sets the hour hand.

Question 3
Mark the times below on the clock faces alongside.
NOTE: In this question the first click sets the hour hand, and the second click sets the minute hand.

You have now completed Unit 14 Section 1

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