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La hora

The traditional way to tell time in Spanish is by dividing the clock in half. The right side uses y to add minutes to the hour. Once the minute hand passes 6, we must express the next hour and use menos to subtract the minutes. If the time is exactly on the hour, we can add the expression en punto. If it is about a certain time, we say a eso de before stating the hour.


  • When telling clock time in Spanish, we do not use the expression oclock. Instead, we express the hour, plus or minus minutes.

    Es la una (y/menos) # minutos.

    Son las dos (y/menos) # minutos.

    Note: dos, tres, cuatro, cinco, seis, siete, ocho, nueve, diez, once, and doce all use Son las.

In Spanish, the phrase Es la is used to tell the time, whenever the hour being expressed is una (one).

Es launaen punto. = It is one oclock on the dot.

Es a eso dela una.= It is about one oclock.

Es la una y diez. = It is 1:10.

Es la unamenoscinco. = It is 12:55.

  • The expressions a.m. and p.m. do not exist in Spanish. Instead, after a specifically stated time, we say:

    • de la maana (a.m.)

    • de la tarde (p.m.) before sunset

    • de la noche (p.m.) after sunset

      Note: When no specific time is stated, we use:

      • por la maana (in the morning)

      • por la tarde (in the afternoon)

      • por la noche (in the evening)

When the hour is 12 you can express the

time in more than one way. They include:

It is 12:00 p.m. = Son lasdoce de la tarde.

It is noon. = Es el medioda.

It is 12:00 a.m. = Son lasdoce de la maana.

It is midnight. = Es la medianoche.

  • In order to add and subtract minutes, you must know the numbers from 1-30.

  • Instead of 15, you may use the word cuarto.

  • Instead of 30, you may use the word media.

Qu hora es? = What time is it?

  • It is 12:05.

  • Son las doce y cinco.

Qu hora es? = What time is it?

  • It is 11:11 a.m.

  • Son las once y once de la maana.

Qu hora es? = What time is it?

  • It is 2:15 p.m.

  • Son las dos y quince de la tarde.

  • Son las dos y cuarto de la tarde.

Qu hora es? = What time is it?

  • It is 6:20 p.m.

  • Son las seis y veinte de la noche.

Qu hora es? = What time is it?

  • It is 3:30 p.m.

  • Son las tres y treinta de la tarde.

  • Son las tres y media de la tarde.

Qu hora es? = What time is it?

  • It is 1:35.

  • Son las dos menos veinte y cinco.

Qu hora es? = What time is it?

  • It is 6:45.

  • Son las siete menos quince.

  • Son las siete menos cuarto.

Telling the time of an event ( at what time an event takes place)

  • A qu hora es + (the event)? = At what time is the event?

  • (The event) + es a la/las = The event is at + time.

    • A qu hora es el partido?

    • El partido es a las tres en punto.

    • A qu hora es la misa?

    • La misa es a la una y media.

A Uds. les toca

  • Ask your partner: What time is it?

  • Your partner must answer according to the clock.

  • Take turns.

Express as on the dot.

Express as a.m.

Express as p.m.

Express each time in two ways.

El reloj digital

  • With the widespread use of digital clocks, 1:40 can now be expressed without using the menos. In this case, youll need to know the numbers through 59.

    Son las dos menos veinte.


    Es la una y cuarenta.

24 hour time

  • Sometimes, on schedules, formal invitations and posted events you may see the 24- hour time system used.

    Midnight = 0:00

    1:00 a.m. = 1:00

    Noon = 12:00

    1:00 p.m. = 13:00

    For p.m., you must add 12 to the a.m.

    i.e. 7:30 p.m. = 19:30

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A Uds. les toca

  • Ask your partner at what time the event takes place.

  • He will answer according to the clock.

  • Take turns.

el partido

el baile

la fiesta

la clase de espaol

la misa

el concierto

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