In this lesson you will learn how to tell the time in Spanish. Beginner students often want to know how to tell the time in Spanish. If you are learning Spanish because you like to travel to Spanish speaking countries, then it is very important that you know how to tell the time in Spanish. Some other important topics that you should learn as a beginner student are how to say the date and how to say when is your birthday.

We will answer all of the above in this lesson. Let’s begin with how to tell the time in Spanish.

To start, the hour is a feminine word, so….in front of the question ¿Qué hora es?, we should answer:

“Es la una”, or “Son las 2,3,4, etc.” Maybe you have listened the song: Me Gusta by Manu Chao, when he sings “¿Qué horas son, mi corazón?”, well, this is not more than a mistake trying to rhyme. The question is always singular, and the answer according if it´s 1 or more will be singular or plural.

If for example, are 10.00, we say: Son las diez en punto (ten o´ clock)

From 10:05 to 10: 30 look at how we express the time.

10:05 diez y cinco

10:10 diez y diez

10:15 diez y cuarto

10:20 diez y veinte

10:25 diez y veinticinco

10:30 diez y media

And from 10:35 to 10:55, we are going to say the next time and menos (less) the minutes:

10:35 once menos veinticinco

10:40 once menos 20

10:45 once menos cuarto

10:50 once menos diez

10:55 once menos cinco

Also we have different expressions:

From 5 a.m to 11 a.m: Son las….de la mañana

From 12 p.m to 2 p.m: Son las…..del mediodía

From 2 p.m to 7 p.m: Son las….de la tarde

From 8 p.m to 11 p.m: Son las….de la noche

12 a.m: Medianoche

From 1 a.m to 5 a.m: Son las… la madrugada

In order to say the date we say: day-month-year

Hoy es 12 (Day) de Junio (month) de (2011)

But when someone asks us when our birthday or another special day is, we have to add an article.

¿Cuándo es tu cumpleaños? (When is your birthday?)

Es el 11 de mayo. (It’s 11 may)

Now you know how to tell the time in Spanish. You also know how to say dates in Spanish and how to say when is your birthday.

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