Telling Time

Here are several different ways to talk about the time!

What time is it?

It is 5 o’clock.

OR

It’s 5.

 

Use o’clock to a time that is on the hour. Remember that if you want to clarify in the morning or at night, AM or PM goes after o’clock.

 

Ex:       It is 6 o’clock PM.       (Afternoon)

 

It is 8 o’clock AM.       (Morning)

What about other times?

 

There are two ways to say 3:40.

  1. It’s three forty.
  2. It’s twenty to three.

Check out this chart to help you describe more times:

 

6:05 Six oh five Five minutes past six
3:15 Three fifteen A quarter past three
4:30 Four thirty Half-past four
12:45 Twelve forty-five A quarter to one

 

Bonus: These two times can also be said in another way!

 

12:00 AM =  midnight

            12:00 PM = noon

 

Now try this quiz to test your knowledge!

 

Telling Time

Try this quiz to test your knowledge!

Learn English with Your Kids! – Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? By Eric Carle

Two of the most highly requested areas in English language learning are English for preschoolers (ages 3 – 5) and Business English. Although these areas can seem like polar opposites, they don’t have to be! It often occurs that adults spending all of their time concentrating on Business English miss out on the foundational words and phrases that play an integral part in speaking the language – words which appear frequently in the English directed towards very young learners.

So, in order to help you improve your foundations of English, here are some activities you can do with your children to not only help you to improve your English basics, but also help you to begin introducing English to your young learner.

Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? By Eric Carle 

Book: http://www.jbonzer.com/PolarBearPolarBear1bymrs.bonzer.pdf

 

Read the book or listen to the video, then complete the quizzes with your preschooler!

 

Polar Bear, Polar Bear 1

Choose the correct animal

Polar Bear, Polar Bear 2

Match the animal with the sound verb

 

 

Common False Friends – A2 Level

There are many words in English that are similar to words in Italian! When we find these similar words, it makes learning English much easier! For example, in English we say film, like in Italian! We also say spectacular, like spettacolare, fantastic, like fantastico, and splendid, like splendido.

Unfortunately, not all words that sound similar have the same meanings. These words are called “false friends” and they can be very tricky! Some false friends have slightly different meanings while others can mean the exact opposite of what you want to say!

In order to help you make only true friends in English, we’ve compiled a list of common false friends that occur between English and Italian. Take a look to see if you have ever been tricked by these tricksters!

Cold – caldo

When it is cold, I need to wear a heavy jacket, thick socks, and a very warm scarf. It is cold in the fall and very cold in the winter.

Annoyed – annoiata

My little sister annoys me a lot! I always ask her to stop making sounds and playing music when I study but she never listens to me!

Brave – bravo

I don’t like to public speaking. I am very afraid when I give presentations in front of a lot of people, but I need to be brave and face my fears!

Morbid – morbido

My friend is very morbid. She likes to watch a lot of horror films and read scary stories!

Noisy – noioso

New York is a very noisy city. You can hear the sirens from ambulances all the time, even at night!

 

Common False Friends | True or False

Indicate which sentences are true and which ones are false.

 

Common False Friends | Synonym Match

Put the following words to the correct synonyms.

Common False Friends | Fill in the Blank

Fill the empty spaces with the proper words