big-ben-1202673-639x852In Spanishviaskype we share many things with our students, specially the interest about our beautiful language, but one thing that most of the times don’t have in common is the time zone (huso horario).

Winter is coming and next weekend in Spain and all countries from the European Union we are going to leave the daylight saving time behind (horario de verano) to go back to standard time (horario de invierno). So on Saturday at 3:00 am we will set the clock back an hour (retrasaremos el reloj una hora). In other countries from the Northern hemisphere, like USA an Canada, they will change to standard time the first Sunday of November.

Our timetable is made with Madrid time, but if you want to be sure about the time we have, you can ask your teachers

¿Qué hora es? – What time is it?

Resultado de imagen de LA HORA ELE

You have to be careful with the concord between the hour and the verb, so if one is singular, the verb must be singular. We use the verb SER (to be) to speak about time:

  • Es la una en punto (It’s one o’clock)
  • Son las dos, tres, cuatro, cinco… (It’s two, three, four, five…)
  • Es tarde (It’s late)
  • Es muy temprano aún (It’s still too early)

Sometimes we don’t say the minutes exactly because it’s not important or because we are not sure, and we can use some expressions to tell the time approximately:

  • Son casi las…: Son casi las diez (It’s almost ten).
  • Son las … pasadas: Son las ocho y veinte pasadas (It’s past eight twenty).

When we want to say the time and the part of the day we have to use this structure:


  • Es la una de la madrugada (It’s 1 am)


  • Son las ocho y media de la mañana (It’s half past eight in the morning).
  • Son las doce del mediodía (It’s midday).
  • Son las seis y diez de la tarde (It’s ten past six in the evening).
  • Son las diez en punto de la noche (It’s ten o’clock at night).

Don’t you want to learn more about time and many other things? Come on! Time is money (el tiempo es oro) and if you start classes with us you will enjoy so much that you will feel time flies (el tiempo vuela) learning Spanish at Spanishviaskype.

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