How to Tell Time in Spanish: Explanation + activities


¡Hola! Today You are going to learn how to ask and tell what time is it in Spanish.

Use ¿Qué hora es? to inquire about the time. To tell time, use es la… and son las… with the other hours.

es la una. It is one o’clock.

son las tres. It is three o’clock.

To express the quarter hour, use y cuarto. To express the half hour, use y media.

es la una y media. It is one-thirty.
Son las dos y cuarto. It is two-fifteen.

To express time after the half hour, subtract minutes from the next hour, using menos for analog clocks. it is becoming more common, especially with digital clocks, to use y + minutos.

Son las cuatro menos diez. It is ten to four.

Son las tres y cincuenta. It is three fifty.

add en punto for the exact time and más o menos for approximate time.

es la una en punto. It is one o’clock.

Son las cinco menos cuarto, más o menos. It is about a quarter to five.

For a.m. and p.m., use the following:

de la mañana (from midnight to noon)

de la tarde (from noon to nightfall)
de la noche
(from nightfall to midnight)


Let’s practice!

Now, hit play and stop the video. What time is it? ¿Qué hora es? Repeat!

Well done! ¡Bien hecho!


¿Qué hora es ahora en tu país? What time is it now in your country?

Let me know in the comments below! Can’t wait to hear from you! 😊


Can’t wait to hear from you! 😊

Un abrazo,


CEO of The Spanish Tribe


  • Aqui en Inglaterra es las ocho en punto. No estoy seguro si es realamente la tarde o la noche. Pero es muy oscuro.

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