What Time is it Where You Are? (Telling time)

# What Time is it Where You Are? (Telling time)

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What time is it where you are? If you need help, here is a lesson!

To give only the hour we use "Son las _____________" for every hour but 1:00. For example, "Son las seis" would tell someone that it was 6:00. How would we say that it was 8:00? That's right! ¡Son las ocho! And 11:00? ¡Son las once!

Why do you think telling someone it is 1:00 would be different than the other 11 hours?

Sí, eso es. 1:00 is the only singular hour. Therefore we use "Es la una!"

If you want to tell someone that something begins at a certain hour, just use an "a" in place of the es or son.

If you want to say at 6:00, it would be a las seis! And at 8:00? Sí, a las ocho. And at 11:00? That's it! ¡A las once!

To tell any time between :01 and :30 after the hour we just add the minutes to the hour. Do you remember doing some addition in Module 1? What did we use? That's right, we used "y." We use the same thing with time.

Son las seis y veinte tells someone that it is 6:20.

And 8:10? Sí, son las ocho y diez.

How about 1:25? Sí, es la una y veinticinco.

There are 2 instances in which we do not use the numbers. They are :15 (cuarto) and :30 (media.) In English we do the same. If it is 3:15, sometimes we say 3:15 and other times "a quarter after 3."

In Spanish 3:15 is just that "Son las tres y cuarto." And 4:15? Son las cuatro y cuarto. (notice the spelling of 4 and ¼)

What do we say for :30? Yes, half past. In Spanish 3:30 is Son las tres y media. And 1:30? ¡Espléndido! Es la una y media.

To tell time between :31 and :59 minutes after the hour we use menos instead of y. Say that it is 2:50. 2:50 is closer to 3:00 than 2:00.

So we say that it is 3:00 minus 10 minutes. Son las tres menos diez.

6:55 would be Son las siete menos cinco.

What about 12:40? ¡Fantástico! Es la una menos veinte.

"Cuarto" is also used as "quarter 'til." 8:45 is Son las nueve menos cuarto.

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updated MAY 13, 2010
edited by princessjane
posted by princessjane
Nice post :) - April-Sarah, MAY 12, 2010
very detailed. :) - MeEncantanCarasSonrisas, MAY 12, 2010
Agree - nice post :) - Lrtward, MAY 12, 2010
Great post, and a new avatar, you have been busy:) - Yeser007, MAY 12, 2010
I do new avatars every day:P I get bored of old ones - princessjane, MAY 13, 2010

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Aquí, en Vancouver, son las ocho menos siete de la tarde. (7:53)

Oy, olvidé, most of the rest of the world uses the 24-hour clock. Así, son las diecinueve menos cinco (19:55), ahora.

updated MAY 12, 2010
posted by schemmn
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Aqui en Nuevo Hampshire son las diez menos quince.

updated MAY 12, 2010
posted by Yeser007
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Bueno amigos, son las dos menos veinte, ¡¡como siempre de madrugada (am)!

Me voy a la cama, you can all misbehave now

updated MAY 12, 2010
posted by 00494d19
Buenas noches - DR1960, MAY 12, 2010
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En Minnesota, son las ocho y media de la noche.

updated MAY 12, 2010
posted by DR1960
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¿Qué horas son? (como dicen en Colombia)

Son las seis veinte de la tarde (18:20)

updated MAY 12, 2010
posted by CalvoViejo
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Son las once y viente siete en la mañana.

updated MAY 12, 2010
posted by EJClaire
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En Montana son las cinco y media de la tarde

In Montana it is five thirty in the afternoon

updated MAY 12, 2010
posted by scottdoherty
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En Houston Texas son las sies y veintitress.

(think i speeled 3 wrong )

updated MAY 12, 2010
posted by hoansayhi
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