What time is it?


How vày you say “what time is it?” in Vietnamese? Today we will learn how lớn say “what time is it?” in Vietnamese & how to lớn answer that question.

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What time is it?

“What time is it?” in Vietnamese is “Mấy tiếng rồi?” This is the most common way khổng lồ ask for time, & you will hear it from everyone and everywhere in daily life.

While I would love khổng lồ explain each word & make sense of the sentence for you, it doesn’t make sense in this case if we combine the meaning of each word. It will be more confusing that way. The best way is lớn just remember that Mấy tiếng rồi means “what time is it?”. It has only one meaning and people will not misunderstand it for something else.

But if you must know what each word means, here’s a quick explanation.

Mấy usually means how many in Vietnamese. For example, when you enter a restaurant, a restaurant staff will ask you “Mấy người?” It means “How many people?”

Giờ refers to lớn the hour. For example, 2 giờ means 2 o’clock. We will talk more about giờ đồng hồ later in this post.

Rồi has various meanings and is used in different situations. However, when it is at the over of a sentence, it’s usually means already. For example, ăn uống rồi means already ate.

It doesn’t make much sense to lớn find out what Mấy giờ đồng hồ rồi means by combining the meaning of each word in this case. It’s best to just remember that Mấy giờ rồi means what time is it. And mấy giờ means what time, for example, “Mấy giờ đồng hồ xe buýt tới?” (“What time will the bus arrive?”) or “Anh mang đến em hỏi hiện giờ là mấy giờ?” (“Could you tell me what time it is right now?”)

Giờ, phút, giây, tiếng

To answer what time it is, let’s learn a few new words.

giờrefers khổng lồ the hour

When we want lớn talk about what time it is, we use giờ, phút & giây to lớn indicate the hour, the minute và the second. When we want to talk about how many hours, we use tiếng instead of giờ.

Before we go into examples, if you bởi vì not remember how khổng lồ say numbers in Vietnamese, now is a good time to review Numbers in Vietnamese.

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A: “Mấy giờ đồng hồ rồi?”B: “Hai giờ tía mươi phút.” (2:30) A: “Từ trên đây ra Đà Nẵng mất bao lâu?” (How long does it take to lớn go from here to lớn Đà Nẵng?) B: “Hai tiếng cha mươi phút.” (2 hrs 30 mins)

When talking about time, “ba mươi phút” can also be called “rưỡi.” Rưỡi means half. For example, hai tiếng rưỡi means 2 hrs & a half, 2.5 hrs, or 2 hrs 30 mins. The same applies to hai giờ cha mươi phút. We say “hai giờ rưỡi.” It is important to cảnh báo that rưỡi doesn’t stand alone. It is usually used to talk about time or money (for example, 2,500 VND = “hai ngàn năm trăm” or “hai nghìn rưỡi”).


A: Mấy tiếng rồi? (What time is it?) B: cha giờ rưỡi. (3:30) A: Uống hết một ly không? (Are you going lớn finish this whole cup?) B: chắn chắn uống nửa ly thôi. (Maybe I’ll just drink half.)

Notice that we use different words to say half in the above example.

You may also notice that in order to lớn indicate which hour & which minute, we just put numbers in front of giờ và phút. To say what time, simply indicate which hour by using a number from một lớn mười hai followed by “giờ” and number from một lớn năm mươi chín followed by “phút.” If you want lớn be more specific, you can also indicate second by using a number from một to năm mươi chín followed by “giây.”


1:30:21 1 giờ khoảng 30 phút 21 giây (when talking about what time) Một giờ tía mươi phút nhì mươi kiểu mẫu giây


We usually just write numbers instead of spelling them out but I have been writing the whole khung so you know how to say them in Vietnamese. Moving forward, I will write the numbers instead & it’s up to lớn you to remember how to lớn say them. Again, if you vì not remember, you can review it here).

Sáng, trưa, chiều, tối, đêm

You may have seen these words in my other post Greetings.

đêmlate night

Usually you do not need khổng lồ indicate if it’s in the morning, afternoon or night if both speakers know that it’s in the morning, afternoon or night.

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However, if you need to lớn indicate morning, noon, afternoon or night, just simply add sáng, trưa, chiều or tối to lớn the time. Đêm is often used for a time that is late at night. For example, midnight is called “12 giờ đêm” or “nửa đêm.” For earlier time, sometimes đêm và tối can be used interchangeably. For example, to say 9pm, we can say “9 giờ tối” or “9 tiếng đêm.” Either way, people understand.


2 giờ sáng (2am or 2 o’clock in the morning)12 giờ trưa (12pm or noon)3 tiếng chiều (3pm or 3 o’clock in the afternoon)7 giờ về tối (7pm or 7 o’clock at night)


Can you tell what time it is in Vietnamese from the clock image in the beginning of this post?Do you know the meanings of these words?giờ, phút, giây, tiếng, sáng, trưa, chiều, tốiCan you say what time it is right now in Vietnamese?How vị you say these times in Vietnamese?7am4pm9:30pm8:45am3:57pmHow vị you say these times in your language?8 giờ rưỡi sáng12 giờ đồng hồ trưa12 giờ đêm


This is the over of this lesson. I hope you’ll be able to:

Ask what time it is in VietnameseMemorize new words giờ, phút, giây, tiếng, sáng, trưa, chiều, tối and đêm & how lớn use them