The basics of asking and telling the time, plus a few more general time-related phrases:

¿Qué hora es? = What’s the time?

Disculpá, ¿tenés la hora? = Excuse me, do you have the time? (informal form)

Disculpe, ¿usted tiene la hora? = Excuse me, do you have the time? (formal form)

Sí, son las… = Yes, it’s …

las tres = three o’clock

las tres y cuarto = quarter past three

las tres y media = half past three

las cuatro menos cuarto = quarter to four.

No, no lo tengo. = No, I don’t.

de la mañana =  in the morning                     al mediodía = at midday

de la tarde = in the afternoon                        de la noche = at night

a medianoche = at midnight                          al amanecer = at dawn

la tardecita = the afternoon around sunset

la madrugada = the early hours of the morning

Any questions? If you’re not sure about the content of today’s class or have something to add, leave us a comment below and we’ll get back to you. Your questions and comments will help other students too. Our Spanish immersion programs at La Herradura in Uruguay and Spain teach you an international form of Spanish, but the teachers are all native speakers and will offer guidance on local expressions and words.

Coming up next… Class 9: Days and dates| Los días y las fechas


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