Updated: Jun 29, 2020
You can learn to tell time in Spanish on your own! Here's a guide to help.
First you should know...
Numbers in Spanish: Learn them here
Learn the Vocabulary
1. Start with my PDF time vocabulary handout
If you find this useful, check out the Spanish Time Bundle.
As you see on the handout, telling time is simple. You say Son las __(the number for the hour)__ y __(the number for the minutes)__.
This changes a little bit for 1:00. You say Es la __una__ y __(the number for the minutes)__.
Read through the rest of the vocabulary on the handout and the examples
2. Read through the information on this site
Play the recordings for each sentence to hear the pronunciation
Practice saying the phrases out loud after listening
If you would like more examples, watch this video up to 6:24:
Practice the Vocabulary
3. Watch this video.
Each time you see a clock, pause the video and say the time out loud in Spanish, then press play again to see if you got it right
4. Complete these interactive exercises:
When you see a time on the clock, pause the video and say the time out loud in Spanish, then press play again to see if you got it right. This video is all in Spanish--practice listening for the words describing time, which you should be able to understand even if you don't understand other parts of the video.
Just for fun
My students told me about this video, it can be good for a chuckle
More Resources for Teachers and Learners
For more resources for practicing and/or teaching time in Spanish, take a look at the Spanish Time Bundle in the shop. It includes:
A suggested sequence for teaching time
A "memory" game
Paper dice for a speaking activity
A time worksheet
A partner info gap game
More ideas for classroom activities for learning time in Spanish
A list of cultural topics to discuss while teaching time