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Time in Spanish

Indication of the time in Spanish

Formal version (24 hours)

In this version we explicitly state the time with the words en punto or minutos. For scientific purposes, one can also use the word horas use after the hours.

Example:
10:30 → diez y treinta minutos
11:30 → once horas y treinta minutos

In Spanish, it is common to use the 24-hour rhythm for this form. In this case, one also has to use scientific language horas use before the hours.

Example:
18:57 → diechiocho horas y cincuenta y siete minutos

Everyday language version (12 hours)

In Spanish, the time is usually only given every 12 hours (except for the timetable, television programs, etc.). Where this could lead to confusion, the following additional information is used:

  • de la madrugada - at night (approx. 1-6 o'clock in the morning, in the sense of "early morning")
    Example:
    1:00 am → la una de la madrugada
  • de la mañana - in the morning (approx. 6 a.m. to 12 p.m.)
    Example:
    10:00 am → las diez de la mañana
  • del mediodía - noon
    Example:
    12:00 pm → las doce del mediodía
  • de la tarde - in the afternoon (approx. 1 p.m. - 8 p.m.)
    Example:
    6:00 pm → las seis de la tarde
  • de la noche - in the evening / at night (around 8 p.m. to midnight)
    Example:
    9:00 pm → las nueve de la noche