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2009.03.03(Review of 2004.03.30 edition)

In the interest of saving time, we'll cut today's greeting short. Enjoy your Tuesday edition!

Today's Lesson
TELL TIME   時刻を言う


  • If someone (especially a child) can tell time, they know how to say the time that is shown on a clock or watch.
  • tell time は、(特に子供が)時計に示された時間の言い方を知っている、という意味です。



  1. I didn't learn how to tell time until I was nine years old.
  2. a: Can your daughter tell time yet?
    b: She can in Japanese, but not in English.
  3. It's hard to tell the time on this watch, isn't it? The watch face is so small.
  4. One of the most common mistakes my Japanese students make when telling time in English is to drop the “o” when saying times like 2:05 (two-o-five) and 6:09 (six-o-nine).*
  5. * If you think you might be making this mistake, see the 13 February 2001 WordMaster, “TELLING TIME”.

英会話レッスンWe've had a good time with you today. Thanks a lot!