Asking and telling time is an important part of any language
You would like to know about the same if you are travelling in a Spanish speaking country
Let’s have a blog that will help us ask and tell time in Spanish
Here we see how to ask time
What time is it?
¿Qué hora es?
Now that you know how to ask what time it is, let’s learn how to tell what time it is
Form of ser + feminine form ‘the’ + number
For telling time we always use the feminine form of the definite article ‘the’
Let’s have a look at some examples
1:00 or It’s one o’clock
Es la una
Note that ‘It’ is not translated here
6:00 or It’s 6 o’clock
Son las seis
Let’s now try some examples for telling time along with adding a.m. and p.m.!
a.m. = de la mañana
p.m. = de la tarde / de la noche
It’s 3:00 p.m.
Son las tres de la tarde
Now we know how to tell time by the hour, but what if we have to say ‘it is 2:15′ or so?
For after the hour : we will use the particle ‘y’
(meaning : and)
For before the hour : we will use the particle ‘menos’
(meaning : minus/ less)
2:15 or It’s 2:15 a.m.
Son las dos y cuarto de la mañana
3:55 or It’s 3:55
Son las cuatro menos cinco
For more such examples and a detailed study on how to ask and tell time refer this lesson on CultureAlley