How To Tell The Time In Portuguese

In this lesson, we will talk about how to tell the time in Portuguese (with audio), it’s one of the skills that we practice daily in our conversations, so we will see how to talk about time, and learn some useful vocab, let’s get started!

How To Tell The Time in brazilian portuguese

How To Tell The Time In Portuguese

How to ask what time is it?

Here are the most common ways to ask the time in Portuguese:

Que horas são? = What time is it?

Que horas? = What time?

Que horas são agora? (What time is it now?)

Tem horas? = Do you have the time?

Você sabe que horas são? (Do you know what time it is?)

Você poderia me dizer que horas são, por favor? (Could you tell me what time it is, please?)

Note 1: You can always add “por favor” (please) in front or at the end of your question.

Note 2: We use the word “horas” (hours) in the plural and the verb “Ser” (to be) conjugated in the third person plural.

How to say the time in Portuguese

From one o’clock to twelve o’clock:

it’s one o’clockÉ uma hora
it’s two o’clockSão duas horas
it’s three o’clockSão três horas
it’s four o’clockSão quatro horas
it’s five o’clockSão cinco horas
it’s six o’clockSão seis horas
it’s seven o’clockSão sete horas
it’s eight o’clockSão oito horas
it’s nine o’clockSão nove horas
it’s ten o’clockSão dez horas
it’s eleven o’clockSão onze horas
it’s twelve o’clockSão doze horas
it’s 12:00 pmÉ meio-dia
it’s 12:00 amÉ meia-noite

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How To Tell The Time In Portuguese visual


  • Since “hora” is a feminine noun, we used the words “uma” and “dua”
  • We use the verb “Ser” in the third person singular “é” only to say “é uma hora” (it is one o’clock) because “hora” is singular, same with “é meio-dia” (noon) and “é meia-noite” (midnight), for the other ones we use the verb “Ser” in the third person plural “São
  • We only use “horas” when it is the exact time

Related: Numbers in Portuguese

How to tell the hours and minutes

  • 4:15 – São quatro e quinze.
  • 4:20 – São quatro e vinte.
  • 4:30 – São quatro e trinta.
  • 4:30 – São quatro e meia.
  • 4:45 – São quatro e quarenta e cinco.
  • 4:45 -São quinze para as cinco.
  • 4:50 – São quatro e cinquenta.
  • 4:50 – São dez para as cinco.
  • 3:10 = São três e dez.
  • 1:10 = É uma e dez.
  • 1:10 pm – é uma e dez da tarde
  • 1:10 pm – é uma e dez da manhã


  • We do not use the word quarter to say the time in Brazil.
  • To say AM = da manhã. For example: São 9 da manhã.
  • To say PM= da tarde (afternoon) and da noite (evening). For example: São 4 da tarde. São 11 da noite.
  • When it is between 1 and 5am: da madrugada. So, 3am = três da madrugada.

Happy learning!

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