To be able to tell the time in any language I would advise you first to learn the basic numbers. In this lesson I will be teaching you how to tell the time in Spanish.
Que hora es? – What hour is it? – What is the time? – kay orah es.
Es la una – It’s the one – It is 1.o’clock – Es lah ooh-nah.
Son las dos – They are two – It is 2.o’clock – s-on lahss dohss.
Son las tres – They are three – It is 3.o’clock – s-on lahss tr-es.
Son las ocho – They are eight – It is 8.o’clock – s-on lahss o-ch-o.
Son las once – They are eleven – It is 11.o’clock – s-on lahss on-s-ay.
Es la una y diez – It is 1:10
Seis y cuarto – 6:15.
Siete y diecinueve – 7:19.
Once y veinte cinco – 11:25.
Some things are totally different in Spanish time telling;
The fact that in Spanish you do ひたちなか市 学習支援 not carry on adding after the half hour, for example you would not say 1.35, 1.40, 1.55 and so on. What the Spanish speakers do in place of this is subtract from the next hour, so in actual fact you would say, 2.o’clock minus 5 minutes or 2.o’clock minus 20 minutes etc.
Media is used to say half past the hour and cuarto for a quarter past and a quarter to any hour.
Es la una y media. It is 1.30.
Cuatro menus cuarto – 3.45.
Nueve y cuarto – 9.15.
When speaking in the 12 hour clock in Spanish you need to emphasize;
De la manana – in the morning/before noon (mediodia)
De la tarde – from midday to early evening.
De la noche – early evening to midnight (medianoche)
Siete de la manana – 7.00 a.m.
Es mediodia – It is midday.
Es medianoche – It is midnight.
Son las cuatro menos cinco de la tarde – It is 3.55 in the afternoon.
Son las ocho y media de la noche – It is 8.30 at night.
Here are some other time related expressions that can be useful:
Buenos dias – Good morning.
Buenas tardes – Good afternoon.
Buenas noches – Good evening/good night as either a farewell or a greeting.
Hasta manana – see you tomorrow.
Hasta luego – see you later.
Cuando? – When?
Es la una y media mas o menos – It is about 1.30.
Dos y cuarto en punto – exactly 2.15.
Manana – tomorrow.
Manana por la manana – tomorrow morning.
Manana por la tarde – tomorrow afternoon.
Manana por la noche – tomorrow night.
John A Perkins
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