Lesson 20: What’s the time in Spanish – Part 2 (Videos 1&2)


What’s the time in Spanish (qué hora es)


In our previous class I taught you how to say the time in Spanish. This is a continuation of that previous lesson. After watching this class, if you have already watched the previous one, you will be able to easily ask and tell the time in Spanish whatever the circumstance. That is, because I’m pretty sure I’m covering all the relevant possibilities in these two articles and in the video-lessons.

First lets review some of the concepts from the previous class. This is the basic Spanish vocabulary needed to tell the time in Spanish.


Vocab you must know for telling the time in Spanish:


  • en punto – o’clock
  • y media – (and) half
  • y cuarto – (and) quarter
  • menos cuarto – (minus) quarter
  • casi – almost
  • pasadas – past
  • mediodía – noon
  • medianoche – midnight
  • de la mañana – in the morning
  • de la tarde – in the afternoon
  • madrugada – wee hours / early morning (between midnight and sunrise)


The examples that I will be explaining in this lesson  are:


How to tell the time in Spanish – Examples:


  • 8:15 – Las ocho y cuato / Las ocho y quince (minutos)
  • 12:30 – Las doce y media / Las doce y treinta (minutos)
  • 3:45 – Las cuatro menos cuarto / Las tres y cuarenta y cinco (minutos)
  • 7:55 – Las ocho menos cinco / Las siete y cincuenta y cinco
  • 8:35 – Las nueve menos veinticinco / Las ocho y treinta y cinco
  • 11:05 – Las once y cinco
  • 1:57 – Casi las dos / La una y cincuenta y siete (minutos) / Tres (minutos) para las dos
  • 3:02 – Pasadas las tres /  Las tres pasadas / Las tres y dos (minutos)
  • 3:00 – Las tres (en punto)
  • 9:50 – Las diez menos diez / Las nueve y cincuenta (minutos)
  • 11:10 – Las once y diez (minutos)


Don’t hesitate to post your comments if you have any suggestions, feedback or questions.

Also, I recommend all my students that follow my online courses to do the exams that I upload to my website. The topic of this lesson (What’s the time in Spanish) is included in Spanish Quiz Nbr. 4 (lessons 20 – 26).


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Good luck!

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