Telling Time in Icelandic

How to tell time in Icelandic

Hvað er klukkan? – What time is it?

Klukkan er (+ neuter) – the time is….

Fyrir + dative = ago

Í + acc = for

Eftir + acc = after

Í morgun = this morning, in the morning

Í dag = today

Í kvöld = this evening

Í nótt = tonight

Ein klukkustund and Einn klukkutimi both mean 1 hour

Hálftími = half an hour

Korter = a quarter hour

Mínúta = a minute

Sekúnda = a second

….. past…. = klukken er ….. mínútur yfir …..

In Icelandic, you go half to the hour. So klukkan er hálf tvö is half one

Quarter to ….. = klukkan er korter í …..

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