How To Say “What time is it” In Different Languages

12 July 2023
By Sarah Angela Almaden
Japanese House
Unsplash: Margarita S

What is the most common question you hear besides the following “What’s your name” and “How are you” and “Where is the library”? It’s “What time is it” and you hear this question a lot because everyone is always wanting to know the time for different reasons like figuring out the time when the latest episode of Game of Thrones would play on Sunday or knowing when is the perfect time to make a run for it in case the party doesn’t go so great.

Well… as annoying as this question can be, we are aware that knowing the time is important. Therefore, even if it sounds redundant, we should be able to ask the question “What time is it” to anyone around us even if it means asking it in a different language, just in case there is no clock in front to check at, no watch on the wrist to look at, or no phone in the pocket to glance at. Plus, as some unknown wise person would say: time is knowledge and knowledge is power. And one can also say that this four-word English question translated into different languages could be a great ice breaker, even a casual conversation starter.

  • English: What time is it? (what time is it)
  • French: Quelle heure est-il? (kel heur eytil)
  • Italian: Che ora è? (keh ora eh)
  • Spanish: ¿Qué hora es? (keh ora es)
  • Dutch: Hoe laat is het? (hoo laat is het)
  • German: Wie spät ist es? (vee speht ist es)
  • Korean: 몇 시예요? (myeoch siyeyo)
  • Greek: Τι ώρα είναι; (ti ora ine?)
  • Turkish: Saat kaç? (saat kaj)
  • Ukrainian: Котра година? (kotra hodyna)
  • Swedish: Vad är tiden? (vad ehr tiden)
  • Norwegian: Hva er klokka? (va ehr klokka)
  • Polish: Która jest godzina? (ktora yest godzheenah)
  • Tagalog: Anong oras na? (anong oras na)
  • Portuguese: Que horas são? (keh oras sao)
  • Indonesian: Jam berapa? (jam berapa)
  • Mandarin Chinese: 现在几点了? (xiànzài jǐ diǎnle)
  • Russian: Который час? (kotorry chas)
  • Danish: Hvad er klokken? (vad ehr klokken)
  • Catalan: Ten hora? (ten orah)
  • Icelandic: Hvað er klukkan? (vath er klookan)