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01-015 – ¿Qué hora es? – Telling time (part 2)

Posted by Señor Jordan on Oct 6, 2008 in grammar, year 1 |

In this video lesson, we’ll be continuing our understanding of how to answer the question: ¿Qué hora es? We also learn a different way to tell the minutes after half past.  Enjoy!

Please let me know if this was helpful!  Questions, comments or suggestions are all welcome.

¿Qué hora es?
2:22 = Son las dos y veinte y dos. (veintidós)
5:40 = Son las cinco y cuarenta.
10:01 = Son las diez y uno.

cuarto – 15 minutes (fourth/quarter)
8:15 Son las ocho y quince. / Son las ocho y cuarto.
11:15 Son las once y quince. / Son las once y cuarto.

media – half past
1:30 Es la una y treinta. / Es la una y media.
7:30 Son las siete y treinta. / Son las siete y media.

menos – less
7:40 Son las siete y cuarenta / Son las ocho menos veinte.


Related video(s):

  1. ¿Qué hora es? – Telling time (part 1)
  2. ¿Qué hora es? – Telling time (part 3)
  3. ¿A qué hora…?

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Tyna DuBois
Feb 15, 2009 at 4:33 pm

Maybe I’m wrong, but wouldn’t 7:40 be – Son las ocho menos viente, or am I not getting it? I am in Mexico now, taking Spanish classes, but we found your class here on the internet and now we are doing both. Good job! Thank you.

Señor Jordan
Feb 15, 2009 at 5:00 pm

Sí. Muy bien. I think in the video (around 2:20) it says 7:40 as either ‘son las siete y cuarenta’ or ‘son las ocho menos veinte’. I did noticed in the vocab underneath the video it was wrong though! I fixed it. Gracias.

Apr 29, 2009 at 8:06 pm

Hi Senor Jordan,
Thanks for your videos! Why are there two versions for telling time after 30 minutes. I only learned the “menos” way in high school, but now I see you say both ways are correct. Is it a regional thing? (Like, Latin America says it one way, Spain says it another way?) I’m confused. Thank you!



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