Telling Time in Spanish  

Spanish for Kids Telling Time

Telling Time
The verb ser is used to ask or tell time in Spanish.

¿Qué hora es? - What time is it?

Es la una. - It's one o'clock.

Son las dos. - It's two o'clock.

Son las doce. - It's twelve o'clock.

Note: The plural form (son) is used for two o'clock through twelve.

Instead of saying 15 minutes, cuarto is generally used. Media is used instead of 30 minutes.

Es la una y cuarto.
It is one-fifteen (1:15).

A la una y media.
At one-thirty (1:30).

Note: Minutes up to half an hour are added to the hour using y; above that, they are typically subtracted from the hour with menos.

Son las cinco y diez.
It's ten after five.

Son las tres menos cuarto.
It's two forty-five (2:45).

Son las tres menos diez.
It's ten till three (2:50).

telling time in Spanish

Telling time in Spanish and English do have some similarities. As with English, noon and midnight have special terms in Spanish.

Es medianoche. - It's midnight.

Es la medianoche. - It's midnight.

a la medianoche - at midnight

Ellos toman el bus de la medianoche.
They take the midnight bus.

al mediodía - at noon

Eso es temprano. Yo me levanto al mediodía.
That's early. I get up at noon.


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