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La Hora

La Hora

Author: Tina Wang

The objective of this tutorial is to allow students to gain complete understanding of how to tell time.

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Telling Time in Spanish By Gail Stein from Intermediate Spanish For Dummies

Regardless of which Spanish-speaking country you’re in, a conversation about time usually starts with ¿Qué hora es? (What time is it?) Here’s how you can tell someone what time it is in Spanish:

When someone asks you, ¿Qué hora es? respond with the following:

Es la una (if the time is within the 1 o’clock hour) or Son las + the hour (if the time is after 1 o’clock)

To express the time after the hour (but before half past the hour), use y (and) and the number of minutes.

Son las dos y cinco. (It is 2:05.)

If you want to express the time after half past the hour, use menos (less) + the number of the following hour to express the time before the next hour (after half past the hour).

Son las cinco menos veinte. (It is 4:40.)

You can also express time numerically.

Son las cuatro y cuarenta. (It’s 4:40.)

The following chart shows how to express time after and before the hour:

Examples of Telling Time in Spanish
Time Spanish
1:00 la una
2:05 las dos y cinco
3:10 las tres y diez
4:15 las cuatro y cuarto or las cuatro y quince
5:20 las cinco y veinte
6:25 las seis y veinticinco
7:30 las siete y media or las siete y treinta
7:35 las ocho menos veinticinco or las siete y treinta y cinco
8:40 las nueve menos veinte or las ocho y cuarenta
9:45 las diez menos cuarto or las nueve y cuarenta y cinco
10:50 las once menos diez or las diez y cincuenta
11:55 las doce menos cinco or las once y cincuenta y cinco
noon el mediodía
midnight la medianoche