• Spanish course for beginners
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  • 1 The alphabet in Spanish [0/1]
  • 2 Spanish pronunciation rules [0/3]
  • 3 Introduce yourself in Spanish [0/2]
  • 4 Greetings in Spanish [0/2]
  • 5 Telling the time in Spanish [0/1]
  • 6 Counting in Spanish [0/3]
  • 7 Colours in Spanish [0/4]
  • 8 Days and months in Spanish [0/4]
  • 9 Weather in Spanish [0/2]
  • 10 Emotions in Spanish [0/3]
  • 11 Needs and opinions in Spanish [0/2]
  • 12 Asking for directions in Spanish [0/2]
  • 13 Foods and drinks in Spanish [0/3]
  • 14 How to order food in Spanish [0/2]
  • 15 Body parts in Spanish [0/4]
  • 16 Clothes in Spanish [0/3]
  • 17 Family in Spanish [0/3]
  • 18 Birthday wishes and party words in Spanish [0/3]
  • 19 Hobbies in Spanish [0/3]
  • 20 Animal names in Spanish [0/2]
  • 21 Countries and nationalities in Spanish [0/3]
  • Telling the time in Spanish

    What will you find on this page?

    • how to ask the time
    • how to say the full hours
    • the half hours
    • the quarters
    • the specific minutes
    • the digital clock

    How do you ask the time in Spanish and how do you answer

    If it´s 1 o´clock, we use the expression "Es la una". In any other case, it is made use of "Son las"...

    Spanish English
    ¿Qué hora es? What time is it?
    Son las.... It´s....
    Es la una. It´s one o´clock.

     

    For example:

    • Son las 3. (It's 3 o'clock)
    • Son las 6 y 48. (It's 6,48)
    • Son las 8 y 30. (It's 8,30)
    • Son las 12 menos 5. (It's 5 to 12)

    the clock in spanish

    Son las 12 menos 5 minutos. (It's 5 minutes to 12)

    The clock in Spanish

    Full Hours

    As we've already referenced to it, for telling the full hours, we use the locutions "es la una" and "son las...".

    Spanish English
    Son las 4. It's 4 o'clock.
    Es la una. It's 1 o'clock.

    full hours in spanish

    Son las 4. (It's 4 o'clock)

    Half hour in Spanish

    Communicating the half hours happens accompanied by the the constructions: Son las ... y media and es la una y media, where "media" means "half".

    Spanish English
    Son las 8 y media. It's half past 8.
    Es la una y media. It's half past 1. 

     

    Quarters in Spanish time

    Like in English, in Spanish we can use quarters for expressing the hour, where "cuarto" means "quarter".

    Spanish English
    Son las 12 y cuarto. It's a quarter past 12.
    Son las 7 menos cuarto. It's a quarter to 7.
    Es la una y cuarto. It's a quarter past 1.
    Es la una menos cuarto. It's a quarter to 1. 

    how do you ask the time in spanish

    Son las 12 y cuarto. (It's a quarter past 12)

    Minutes in Spanish

    In comparison with English, here we say firstly the hour and then the minutes. 

    Spanish English
    Son las 10 y 10. It's 10 past 10.
    Son las 5 menos 10. It's 10 to 5.
    Es la 1 y 10.  It's 10 past 1.
    Es la 1 menos 5. It's 5 to 1. 

    the clock in Spanish

    Son las 10 y 10 minutos. (It's 10 past 10)

    Digital time

    As in English, we could say the hour + all of the minutes passing it. 

    Spanish English
    Son las 7 y 28. It's 7,28.
    Es la 1 y 35. It's 1,35. 

    telling the time in Spanish

    Son las 7 y 28. (It's 7,28)

    Example dialogue with English translation

    Francisco: ¡Hola!, ¿Qué hora es? Hello! What time is it?

    Jorge: Son las 10 y 8. It's 8 past 10. 

    hours in spanish

    Example dialogue - formal

    Felipe: ¡Hola! Qué hora es, por favor? Hello! What time is it, please?

    Alex: Son las 9 en punto. It's 9 sharp.

    Felipe: ¡Muchas gracias! Thank you very much!

    the hours in spanish

    Now you can practice communicating the hour with the exercises we kindly prepared for you. 

    Exercises

    How to write the time in Spanish exercise