Here at ICO, we hope that you’ll learn just how much fun Spanish can be.  Like any language, Spanish is full of colorful slang expressions.  On Fridays, we’ll be teaching you a combination of useful everyday words and fun common colloquialisms.


¿tienes la hora? do you have the time?
¿qué hora(s) (es / son)? what time is it?

If you are wearing a watch or holding a cell phone in public, you will hear these questions and their variations a lot.  The difference between ¿qué hora es? and ¿qué horas son? is a regional one.

Es la una it’s one o’clock
Son las (dos/tres/etc.) it’s (two/three/etc.) o’clock

Since any number bigger than one requires plural agreement in Spanish, you’ll have to make sure your verb agrees with the time.

(las #) y cuarto quarter after …
(las #) y media half past …
(las #) en punto … on the dot
(las #) de la mañana … in the morning (am)
(las #) de la tarde … in the afternoon (pm)
(las #) de la noche … at night (either am or pm depending, as in English, “4 at night” is 4am but “7 at night” is 7pm)
mediodía noon
medianoche midnight

Es hora de (verbo) it’s time to …

If you’re hungry, it’s probably because ya es hora de comer.  If your friend tries to convince you at the party even though you’re falling asleep in a corner, you can tell her es hora de ira a dormir.  And always, always, always, es hora de practicar tu español