When talking about hours and times, more formats should be accepted, because the important thing here is the vocabulary "numbers". Half past ten, ten thirty, ten and a half etc....... im not english native speaker, neither italian,,,,so time formats are important here.
It has to be explained whether the italian or the english way of expressing times is the correct here. Moreover, it wont be the same when translating from english to italian or the other way round.
This is because languages such as German are saying 'the hour lacks 30 minutes' so half 10 colloquial English (GB) is to you 10 o'clock minus 30 minutes = 9.30. But you probably also say 9 hours 30 minutes. Since English only has one option 'half nine' means half an hour (30 minutes) past nine = 9.30
When learning a language please accept (welcome, learn) their way. In translating/interpreting while learning I think it's very helpful for us learner to choose the form or word ordering that resembles that language's sentence.
Here I read (THE HOURS) ARE=sono ---
The closest to English is therefore IT'S ---
'ten (and) thirty' is best left there, not change into 10:30 am. Italian as well as many languages use the 24-hour clock, often alongside other systems.
Ill try again without Accidently touching send: I'm a native English speaker, and we use both systems. 24 hr system is used extensively for time tables, military etc. I use it when I want to be precise, in speaking and writing, as saying, "see you at 8" can be ambiguous, even if saying am or pm, as they can easily be misheard or misremembered. Just wanted to clear up the misconception that we all use 12 hr system.
This site says the for half past the hour in Italian you would add 'e mezzo'
I do not agree with you because there are many ways to say the time. There are some mistakes and it is detrimental for the students who are not sure about anything. I believe that is important to review the mistakes over all about the correct translations and to use the same criteria in each exercise (over all I am talking about the time)
I am at a loss with this, even after reading peoples explanations. To me this says "they are 10 and 30". How are we supposed to know that the sentence subject is time? And even if there was some way to figure out the time subject, i still can't get my head around how "sono" becomes "it is".... argh!!!
You are not wrong. This is just how it is said.
Imply the question: How many hours in this day so far? The hours are 8. They are 8. They are 8 hours and 30 minutes in this day so far.
When you ask someone the time and they respond, "Sono le 8 e 30." you will know what they mean by the context of the conversation. But also when you see it enough you start to recognize its meaning. That is why you practice over and over in programs like Duolingo. ;) It may not give the fullest explanation but it is excellent for repeated practice.
Half ten in British English means 10.30. weird but that's the way it is