School Day


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¿Qué hora es? - What time is it?

To tell the time in Spanish you don't need to say 'o'clock':

Es la una. - It's one o'clock (literally, 'it's the one').

All other times use the plural son:

Son las dos. - It's two o'clock.

Son las tres. - It's three o'clock.

And so on!

As in English, there are special ways of saying midday and midnight:

Es mediodía. - It's midday.

Es medianoche. - It's midnight.

To say 'half past' you add y media to the end of the time phrase:

y media - half past

Es la una y media. - It's half past one.

Son las cinco y media. - It's half past five.

And for 'quarter past' you add y cuarto.

y cuarto - quarter past

Son las dos y cuarto. - It's quarter past two.

Son las cuatro y cuarto. - It's quarter past four.

Be careful with that one!

Minutes past the hour work the same way:

Son las dos y diez. - It's ten past two.

Son las diez y veinte. - It's twenty past ten.

Son las cinco y veinticinco. - It's twenty-five past five.

To say 'quarter to' or 'minutes to', you use menos cuarto (minus a quarter) etc.

menos cuarto - quarter to

Son las dos menos cuarto. - It's quarter to two (literally, it's two minus a quarter).

Son las seis menos diez. - It's ten to six (literally, it's six minus ten).

Son las cuatro menos cinco. - It's five to four (literally, it's four minus five).

Son las seis menos cuarto. - It's quarter to six (literally, it's six minus a quarter).

Es la una menos veinticinco. - It's twenty-five to one (literally, it's one minus twenty five).

Tengo el recreo a las once. - I have break at 11 o'clock.

A las nueve, tengo Inglés. - At nine o'clock, I have English.

El lunes tengo Matemáticas a la una. - On Monday I have Maths at one o'clock.

DID YOU KNOW... The Spanish school day is either very long, starting at 8.30am and finishing at 5pm with a long lunchtime (2 or 3 hours). Or, it's very similar to the UK with a jornada intensiva, starting at 8.30 – 9 am until 2.30 – 3pm.

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