Spanish Lesson – Time

Spanish Lesson – Time and Date

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In this lesson you will learn how to tell time and express the date in Spanish. Plus you will learn the days of the week, months of the year and the four seasons.

What time is it?

What time is it?
Qué hora es?

It’s one o’clock.
Es la una.

It’s 5:15.
Son las cinco y cuarto.

It’s 10:20.
Son diez y veinte.

It’s 2:30.
Son dos y media.

It’s 4:50.
Son cinco menos diez.
Son cuatro y cincuenta.

It’s noon.
Es mediodia.

It’s midnight.
Es medianoche.

Notice that when expressing the time, use the singular when only for one o’clock (es la una). All other times have more than one hour and are plural. For example, son las cinco.

When does the game start?
A qué hora comienza el partido?

At 5 in the afternoon.
A las cinco de la tarde.

At what time does the bus leave?
A qué hora sale el bus?

At 10:10am.
A las diez y diez de la manana.

second – un segundo
minute – un minuto
hour – una hora

What is the date today?

What day is it?
Qué día es?

What is today’s date?
Cuál es la fecha de hoy?

In Spanish, use el primero to express the first of each month.

Hoy es el primero de marzo.
Today is March 1st.

Voy a Argentina el 21 de octubre.
I’m going to Argentina on October 21.

Mi cumpleaños es el 5 de diciembre.
My birthday is on the 5th of December.

When expressing the year, say the numbers in full.

2008
dos mil ocho

1968
mil novecientos sesenta y ocho

Days of the week

Monday – el lunes
Tuesday – el martes
Wednesday – el miercoles
Thursday – el jueves
Friday – el miércoles
Saturday – el sábado
Sunday – el domingo

week – la semana

The days of the week are not capitalized in Spanish. Also, they are preceded by the article.

Months of the year

January – enero
February – febrero
March – marzo
April – abril
May – mayo
June – junio
July – julio
August – agosto
September – septiembre
October – octubre
November – noviembre
December – diciembre

month – el mes
year – el año

The months of the year are not capitalized in Spanish except when they begin a sentence.

The four seasons

spring – la primavera
summer – el verano
fall – el otono
winter – el invierno

season – la estación

All of the seasons are masculine except for spring (la primavera)

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