Hotel guests may at time ask in English about days and time. It may be that the guests are having such a great time on vacation that the simply lose all track of time and forget what day it is, or even the time. Most of the time, however, the guest may be just asking when specific restaurants or facilities open or close within the hotel complex. Below are some common expressions used when talking about days and times.
Expressions- Days and Time in English
|The date is (… January first).||Today’s date is ( the first of January).|
|It’s 12:45 PM.||The time is a quarter to two.|
|Parson me, do you have the time?||What’s the date today?|
|Is today the (12th or 13th)?||What times does the (… bus leave)?|
|What time would you like (…. the reservation)?||What time will you be (… checking in)?|
|I would like to stay from (… Monday through Thursday).|
|Days of the week|
|Months of the year|
|Seasons year||Spring||Summer||Autumn (Fall)||Winter|
|Other expressions for time|
|When giving dates use ordinal numbers|
|1st– First||2nd– Second||3rd– Third||4th– Fourth|
|5th– Fifth||6th– Sixth||7th- Seventh||8th– Eighth|
|9th– Ninth||10th- Tenth||11th– Eleventh||12th–Twelfth|
|13th- Thirteenth||14th– Fourteenth||15th– Fifteenth||16th — Sixteenth|
|17th– Seventeenth||18th– Eighteenth||19th- Nineteenth||20th– Twentieth|
|21st– Twenty-first||22nd– Twenty-second||23rd- Twenty-third||24th– Twenty-forth|
|25th– Twenty-fifth||26th– Twenty-sixth||27th- Twenty- seventh||28th- Twenty-eighth|
Point to remember
There are two ways to give time. You can tell the hour and minutes (12:25) or you can tell the minutes
after the hour or before the next hour. For example:
12:25 can be expressed as twelve twenty-five or twenty-five after twelve.
11:40 can be expressed as eleven-forty or twenty to twelve.
Fifteen minutes after the hour can be expressed as a quarter past or a quarter after.
Fifteen minutes before the hour can be expressed as a quarter to or a quarter till the hour.
Guest: Could you tell me the time please?
Staff: It’s twenty after two.
Guest: What’s today’s date?
Staff: It’s March third.
Guest: What time is check out?
Staff: Check out is at 12:00 PM.
Staff: Good afternoon sir. How can I help you?
Guest: I would like to schedule a tennis game.
Staff: Certainly, what day and time would you like that for?
Guest: Do you have time available on Friday morning? About 11:00.
Staff: I’m sorry, we don’t have any openings at 11:00, but there is time between 9 and 10:30.
Guest: How about 10:30.
Staff: Yes sir, could I have your name please.
Guest: It’s Howard Johnson, room 1555.
Staff: OK Mr. Johnson, we have you scheduled for Friday at 10:30. See you then.
Guest: Thanks you, bye.
Practice Conversation Activities
1. Paired Conversation- Days and time in English
Practice using the above days and time expressions by having a conversation about when you do things. For example, when do you wake up, go to work, clean house, do laundry, visit friends, etc.
2. Role Play
Role play the following situations (using days and time expressions) with a partner, one person taking the role of the guest and the other person taking the role of a hotel staff.
The guest wants to know what times the Health Center facilities opens and closes
The guest wants to know when the buffet breakfast closes
The guest wants to know when different holidays are in the country (for example Loy Kratong
and Songkran in Thailand)
The guest wants to know the time
The guest wants to know when the rainy season is
The guest wants to change a dinner reservation time
The guest wants to know the date
The guest wants to know when check out time is
3. Whole Class Activity- Elimination Game
Have students say the months of the year around a circle. The beginning person says the first month, the next person says the next month, etc. Each person has 3 seconds to say the name of the month. If they are incorrect or take longer than 3 seconds to respond, they are out of the game. Go until only one person is left.
For added difficulty, vary the game a little by stating a month (it’s March now) and asking what month is 3 months from now or 4 months ago. You may want to add a little more time here, say 6 seconds to respond.
** This activity can also be done for the days of the week.
4. Whole Class Activity- Speedy Response
Select one student at random in the class and ask him/her what time they do things during the day (see list below for ideas). After they answer, select another student. Be sure to ask all the students in the class and give the same number of questions to each student. If they answer within 3 seconds they get a ding-ding-ding! If they take longer to answer they get a buzz. The person with the most dings wins.
Get up Go to bed Eat breakfast
Get to work Get off work Arrive home from work
Eat dinner Exercise Bathe or shower
5. Whole Class Activity- Speedy Response
Select one student at random in the class and ask him/her when the following items occur (see list below). After they answer, select another student. Be sure to ask all the students in the class and give the same number of questions to each student. If they answer within 3 seconds they get a ding-ding-ding! If they take longer to answer they get a buzz. The person with the most dings wins.
Their birthday Current Time
Their day off National holidays
Time they ate breakfast New Years Day
Time they got home last night When rainy season starts
Christmas Month high season starts