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Marnie’s Spanish 101: Telling Time

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Spanish for Kids – Español Para Niños

¡Hola Amigos! I’m Marnie with the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County and welcome to our Spanish 101 blog series for kids! Here you’ll find some wonderful resources, book suggestions and activities to help your little ones learn Spanish and have fun while doing it!   

This week, we’re going to learn how to tell time in Spanish! Please review the vocabulary and phrases below and be sure to check out the suggested video and books available at the library. 


What Time is it? – Que Hora Es?


Clock – (El) Reloj (rrehlohh) 

O’Clock – En Punto (ehn poontoh) 

Minute – El Minuto (meenootoh) 

Seconds – Segundos (sehgoondoh) 

Hour – (La) Hora (ohrah) 

Early – Trempano (tehmprahnoh) 

Morning – (La) Mañana (mahnyahnah) 

Noon – (El) Mediodía (mehdyohdeeah) 

Afternoon – (La) Tarde (tahrdeh) 

Night/Evening – (La) Noche (nohcheh) 

Midnight – Medianoche (mehdyahnohcheh) 

Late – Tarde (tahrdeh) 

Today – hoy (oy) 

Tomorrow – mañana (mahnyahnah) 

Yesterday – ayer (ahyehr) 


 Examples of Common Phrases: 


What time is it? – ¿Qué hora es?  

Do you have the time? – ¿Tiene hora?  

It’s Noon – Es el mediodía 

It’s one o’clock – Es la una / Es la una en punto 

It’s two o’clock – Son las dos/Son las dos en punto 

It’s three in the morning – Son las tres de la mañana 

It’s four thirty – Son las quatro y media 

It’s bedtime – Es hora de dormir 

It’s ten in the evening – Son las diez de la noche 

I wake up at six in the morning – Me despierto a las seis de la mañana 

The bus arrives at seven in the morning – El autobús llega a las siete de la mañana 


Recommended Videos & Activities: 


Click HERE to watch a video that will help you practice telling time and how to pronounce the words correctly. 


Suggested Reading: 


Available from Hoopla: 

Seconds, Minutes, And Hours / SegundosMinutos Y Horas by Dr. Holly Karapetkova
Early readers will get an introduction to the seconds, minutes, and hours in this bilingual title. 

Every Minute CountsCada Minuto Cuenta by Karen Clopton-Dunson
This bilingual book will introduce kids to the parts that make up a clock and how to tell time by the hour. Includes additional activities to reinforce what is learned. 

Days and Times/Los Dias Y Las Horas by Mary Berendes
A terrific bilingual title I strongly recommend. It’s fun illustrations and simple text teach young readers about everyday words and familiar situations that will make it easy to learn new words and expressions. A word list is also provided at the end of the book. 

Thank you so much for exploring this week’s Spanish 101 for Kids blog! I hope you’ll practice talking about the time in Spanish, it’s a great way to incorporate words you use every day.  We’ll see you next time for more fun Spanish lessonsgreat books and fun activities!   

¡Hasta Luego!  



Marnie is the Austintown Unit Assistant Supervisor & Youth Services Team Leader. She was born in Havana, Cuba, and grew up in northeast Ohio where she loved going to the library so much that she knew it was the career for her. When she’s not reading whatever she can get her hands on, she can be found trying new recipes, going for a hike or enjoying a good movie.