One story I often tell in class is about what happened to me one day on the Old Port in Marseille. I thought I could understand the question ‘Quelle heure est-il s’il vous plaît?’, because that is what I had learned in school. However, on this particular day, a young man approached me and said,
” ‘scuse-moi, t’as l’heure?”
and of course, I didn’t understand a word!
This can happen in English too. Although you may have learned in school ‘what time is it?’, be prepared to hear things like:
‘got the time on you?’
‘have you got the time?’
‘could you give me the time’ (couldya gimme the time?)