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I lived over in Germany for many years, and when telling time, the Germans also use the word "half" (halb) and then the hour. Unfortunately, a word-for-word translation of "half three" into German would mean 2:30.

Things got really confusing when I ended up with British neighbors in Germany. I had become used to the German system of using "half", so the first few times my British neighbors said something such as "Let's plan to leave at half six", I ended up accusing them of being an hour late when they showed up at 6:30 rather than at 5:30.
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