"Faccio il tè verso le quindici."
Translation:I make tea around three in the afternoon.
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Talk? Even people in the same culture say things differently - 9:15 or quarter past nine, for example. But more importantly, look at any european plane, bus or train schedule, store/office/restaurant/museum opening hours signage, or street parking signs to see the importance of the 24 hour clock.
Most things can be said in different ways, - in both English and Italian. I think we need to accept that and try to translate whatever phrase we are given as best we can, - even if I would not phrase it like that.
. . verso le quindici = . . towards the fifteen hours ~ around 3 P.M.
. . circa alle quindici = about the fifteen hours ~ about 3 o'clock
If you used "toward" as your translation of the word "verso" in this sentence, and Duo marked it wrong, then you should report it, as long as there were no other issues with the translation. According to Collins and wordreference.com, "toward" is a solid definition for the sense of "verso"
It doesn't really matter what time format is used around the world. This sentence should be translated using literal (but grammatically correct) translation as a lot of us are not native English speakers, how could we guess if the translation is using US or British or whatever time.
It is an american app and thinks in american! Thats why it doesnt accept if you write 15. In the us they have no idea what it is. Its like metrical system...works all over the world but it isnt suitable for them. Duo should accept 15 because brittish english is used and teached ewerywhere!! I am nervous!
Well, 1-11 = 1am-11am, 13-23 = 1pm-11pm, 24 (or 00) = 12 am (this latter pm thing doesn't make too much sense).
The 24h clock is pretty straight forward and place hours precisely during the day: the 'in the afternoon' is there because the 12 hours clock is not clear enough
Seems like a lot of people are having trouble with the 24 hour clock. Very simply if a number is less than 12 it is a.m. and anything more than 12 is p.m. You just count how many more than twelve and you will have your p.m. hour. For example: 15:00 is three more than twelve so its 3pm, 1900 is seven more than twelve so its 7pm and so on. Hope this helps.
I understand that numbers are not accepted, but why not if you write 'fifteen'? English language is so wide spread that I don't see why it should be so tightly connected to the English culture. I live in Finland, where we use officially 24h time, in spoken language both. But here I can say also in English "I will do it by 15" and everyone will understand.
verso le quindici = towards the 15 hours
Using the 12 hour a.m./p.m. system that is "towards 3 p.m." This system was used by the Romans and the a.m/p.m. abbreviations are from Latin. Nowadays it is still used in most English-speaking countries, but not in Italy. Mind you they still might say "le tre del pomeriggio" instead of "le quindici".
a. = ante = before
p. = post = after
m. = meridiem = south/when the sun is in the south ~ noon
00 = mezzanotte = midnight = 12 am
01 = l'una = 1 am
02 = le due = 2 am
12 = le dodici / mezzogiorni = 12 am / noon
13 = le tredici = 1 pm
15 = le quindici = 3 pm
24 = mezzanotte = midnight = 12 pm