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Lesson 7 - Horario de Clases (School Schedule)
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Grammar Lesson

How do you tell time in Spanish?

To ask about the time, you say, "¿Qué hora es?" To give the time you use the verb ser (to be). If it's one o'clock (or one + something), you use the singular form es. If it's two o'clock or after, you use the plural form son.

  • ¿Qué hora es? = What time is it?
  • Es la una. = It's one o'clock.
  • Son las dos. = It's two o'clock.
  • Son las tres. = It's three o'clock.
  • Son las cuatro. = It's four o'clock.


Section 1
Write the time in Spanish. Don't forget to use correct capitalization, accents and punctuation, or the computer will mark it as incorrect.

  • Example:
  • 3:00 - Son las tres.

1. 7:00        

2. 5:00        

3. 1:00        
Be careful! One is singular!

4. 2:00        

5. 11:00        


Describing time with minutes

To tell the minutes after the hour, you can just put the number of minutes after the hour, or you can use y (and) or con (with) before the number of minutes.

  • Es la una veinte. = It's one twenty.
  • Es la una y veinte. = It's one twenty.
  • Es la una con veinte. = It's one twenty.
  • Son las dos diez. = It's two ten.
  • Son las dos y diez. = It's two ten.
  • Son las dos con diez. = It's two ten.


Section 2
Select the correct time.

1. Son las ocho veinte.      

2. Son las diez cuarenta y dos.      

3. Son las doce treinta y cinco.      

4. Es la una y nueve.      

5. Son las tres y cincuenta y siete.      



You can also tell the number of minutes until the next hour using menos (minus). In Latin America para (as "until") is used to describe how many minutes until the next hour.

  • Es la una menos diez. = It's ten minutes to one. (Literally, "It's one minus ten.")   Spain
  • Son diez para la una. = It's ten minutes to one. (Literally, "It's ten until one.")   Latin America
  • Son las dos menos cinco. = It's five minutes to two. (Literally, "It's two minus five.")   Spain
  • Son cinco para las dos. = It's five minutes to two. (Literally, "It's five until two.")   Latin America


Section 3
Write the time using "menos."

  • Example:
  • 3:40 - Son las cuatro menos veinte.

1. 4:52        

2. 7:40        

3. 9:50        

4. 6:49        

5. 12:56        

Now write the same times using "para."

  • Example:
  • 3:40 - Son veinte para las cuatro.

6. 4:52        

7. 7:40        

8. 9:50        

9. 6:49        

10. 12:56        



When it's 30 minutes after an hour, you can say media (half). When it's 15 minutes before or after the hour, you can use cuarto (quarter) to refer to a quarter of an hour.

  • Son las diez y media. = It's ten thirty.
  • Son las diez y cuarto. = It's ten fifteen. (Literally, "It's ten and a quarter.")
  • Son las diez menos cuarto. = It's a quarter to ten. (Literally, "It's ten minus a quarter.")   Spain
  • Es un cuarto para las diez. = It's a quarter to ten.   Latin America


Section 4
Write the time using "media" or "cuarto."

  • Example:
  • 3:15 - Son las tres y cuarto.

1. 2:15        

2. 9:30        

3. 5:45 (use "menos" on this one)        

4. 1:30        

5. 11:15        

6. 6:45 (use "para" on this one)        


Other Time Expressions

  • ► mediodía = noon
        Es mediodía. = It's noon.
  • ► medianoche = midnight
        Es medianoche. = It's midnight.
  • ► en punto = exactly
        Son las dos en punto. = It's two o'clock exactly.
  • ► de la madrugada = in the early morning
        Son las tres de la madrugada. = It's three o'clock in the early morning.
  • ► de la mañana = in the morning
        Son las nueve de la mañana. = It's nine o'clock in the morning.
  • ► de la tarde = in the afternoon
        Son las cuatro de la tarde. = It's four o'clock in the afternoon.
  • ► de la noche = at night
        Son las diez de la noche. = It's ten o'clock at night.


Section 5
Use one of the time expressions below to describe the time.

mediodía | medianoche | de la madrugada | de la mañana | de la tarde | de la noche

  • Example:
  • 7:00 am - Son las siete de la mañana.

1. 3:00 am        

2. 3:00 pm        

3. 9:00 pm        

4. 12:00 am        

5. 8:00 am        

6. 12:00 pm        


Find the Mistake

Find the mistake in the sentence and re-write it correctly in the space. Don't forget to use correct capitalization, accents and punctuation, or the computer will mark it as incorrect.

  • Example:
  • Ella son inteligente. → Ella es inteligente.

1. Son la una y media.        

2. Es mediadía.        

3. Son las diez media.        

4. Son las cinco minus cuarto.        

5. Tengo la clase de sciencia.        



Look at your watch. What time is it right now?

  • Example:
  • Son las dos y media.

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