Spanish by Choice/SpanishPod newbie lesson A0056/Print version

A0056: What Time Is the Train? edit

Introduction edit

Don't panic! Take your time with this lesson! Not only are Liliana and JP talking about a lot of numbers but also about times and hours — including the funny 24-hour system. We learn that JP doesn't like it and even Liliana seems to get it wrong at one point. Anyway, the key phrases are: ¿Qué hora es? – What time is it? and ¡Apúrate! – Hurry up!


Dialogue edit

mujer: ¿A qué hora sale nuestro tren?
hombre: A las tres de la tarde.
mujer: ¿Y qué hora es?
hombre: ¡Son las dos cuarenta!
mujer: ¡Apúrate! ¡Corre!

Dialogue with Translation edit

mujer: ¿A qué hora sale nuestro tren?
at what hour (it) leaves our train
woman: At what time does our train leave?
hombre: A las tres de la tarde.
at the three of the afternoon
man: At three o'clock in the afternoon.
mujer: ¿Y qué hora es?
and what hour (it) is
woman: And what time is it?
hombre: ¡Son las dos cuarenta!
(they) are the two forty
man: It's two forty.
mujer: ¡Apúrate! ¡Corre!
hurry (yourself) run
woman: Hurry up! Run!
el tren – the train
correr – to run

Vocabulary for Dialogue edit

la mujer noun (feminine) the woman
el hombre noun (masculine) the man
a preposition at
¿qué? interrogative pronoun what?
la hora noun (feminine) the hour, the time
salir verb (infinitive) to leave
(él/ella) sale verb (present tense) he/she(/it) leaves
nuestro/nuestra poss. adjective (m./f.) our
el tren noun (masculine) the train
tres number three
a las tres phrase at three o'clock
de preposition of
la tarde noun (feminine) the afternoon
y conjunction and
ser verb (infinitive) to be
(él/ella) es verb (present tense) he/she(/it) is
¿Qué hora es? phrase What time is it?
(ellos/ellas) son verb (present tense) they are
dos number two
Son las dos. phrase It's two o'clock.
cuarenta number forty
se reflexive pronoun oneself
apurarse verb (infinitive) to hurry up (oneself)
te reflexive pronoun yourself (informal, singular)
¡(tú) apúrate! verb (imperative) (you) hurry up (yourself)! (informal, singular)
correr verb (infinitive) to run
¡(tú) corre! verb (imperative) (you) run! (informal, singular)
las cinco – five o'clock
las veinte – eight o'clock in the evening

Vocabulary for Audio Lesson edit

una e phrase an e
en preposition in
la una phrase one o'clock
es la una phrase it's one o'clock
a la una phrase at one o'clock
las dos phrase two o'clock
son las dos phrase it's two o'clock
a las dos phrase at two o'clock
las tres phrase three o'clock
las cuatro phrase four o'clock
las cinco phrase five o'clock
las seis phrase six o'clock
las siete phrase seven o'clock
quince number fifteen
las quince (horas) phrase three o'clock in the afternoon
trece number thirteen
las trece (horas) phrase one o'clock in the afternoon
catorce number fourteen
las catorce (horas) phrase two o'clock in the afternoon
dieciséis number sixteen
las dieciséis (horas) phrase four o'clock in the afternoon
veinte number twenty
las veinte (horas) phrase eight o'clock in the evening
ocho number eight
¡vamonos! phrase let's go!
hasta luego phrase see you later


More Vocabulary edit

This section includes grammatically related words. Some of them are required by the exercise Dialogue Recast.

salir infinitive to leave
(yo) salgo present tense I leave
(tú) sales you leave (informal, singular)
(él/ella) sale he/she(/it) leaves
(usted) sale you leave (formal, singular)
(nosotros/-as) salimos we leave (m./f.)
(vosotros/-as) salís you leave (informal, plural, m./f.)
(ellos/ellas) salen they leave (m./f.)
(ustedes) salen you leave (formal, plural)
mi possessive adjective my
mis poss. adjective (plural) my
tu possessive adjective your (informal, singular)
tus poss. adjective (plural) your (informal, singular)
su possessive adjective his/her(/its)/their
sus poss. adjective (plural) his/her(/its)/their
su possessive adjective your (formal)
sus poss. adjective (plural) your (formal)
nuestro/nuestra poss. adjective (m./f.) our
nuestros/nuestras poss. adj. (plural, m./f.) our
vuestro/vuestra poss. adjective (m./f.) your (informal, plural)
vuestros/vuestras poss. adj. (plural, m./f.) your (informal, plural)
ser infinitive to be
(yo) soy present tense I am
(tú) eres you are (informal, singular)
(él/ella) es he/she(/it) is
(usted) es you are (formal, singular)
(nosotros/-as) somos we are (m./f.)
(vosotros/-as) sois you are (informal, plural, m./f.)
(ellos/ellas) son they are (m./f.)
(ustedes) son you are (formal, plural)
me reflexive pronoun myself
te yourself (informal, singular)
se himself/herself(/itself)
se yourself (formal, singular)
nos ourselves, each other
os yourselves, each other (informal, plural)
se themselves, each other
se yourselves, each other (formal, plural)
apúrarse infinitive to hurry up (oneself)
¡(tú) apúrate! imperative (you) hurry up (yourself)! (informal, singular)
¡(usted) apúrese! (you) hurry up (yourself)! (formal, singular)
¡(nosotros/-as) apurémonos! (let's) hurry up (ourselves)! (m./f.)
¡(vosotros/-as) apuraos! (you) hurry up (yourselves)! (informal, plural, m./f.)
¡(ustedes) apúrense! (you) hurry up (yourselves)! (formal, plural)
correr infinitive to run
¡(tú) corre! imperative (you) run! (informal, singular)
¡(usted) corra! (you) run! (formal, singular)
¡(nosotros/-as) corramos! (let's) run! (m./f.)
¡(vosotros/-as) corred! (you) run! (informal, plural, m./f.)
¡(ustedes) corran! (you) run! (formal, plural)

uno 1
dos 2
tres 3
cuatro 4
cinco 5
seis 6
siete 7
ocho 8
nueve 9
diez 10
once 11
doce 12
trece 13
catorce 14
quince 15
dieciséis 16
diecisiete 17
dieciocho 18
diecinueve 19
veinte 20


Dialogue Translation

Cover the right column, translate from Spanish to English and uncover the right column line by line to check your answers. If possible, read the Spanish sentences aloud.

¿A qué hora sale nuestro tren? At what time does our train leave?
A las tres de la tarde. At three o'clock in the afternoon.
¿Y qué hora es? And what time is it?
¡Son las dos cuarenta! It's two forty.
¡Apúrate! ¡Corre! Hurry up! Run!

Dialogue Recall

Now translate from English to Spanish. Remember to say the Spanish sentences aloud.

At what time does our train leave? ¿A qué hora sale nuestro tren?
At three o'clock in the afternoon. A las tres de la tarde.
And what time is it? ¿Y qué hora es?
It's two forty. ¡Son las dos cuarenta!
Hurry up! Run! ¡Apúrate! ¡Corre!

Dialogue Remix

Translate this variant of the dialogue from English to Spanish.

What time is it? ¿Qué hora es?
It's one o'clock. Es la una.
And at what time does the train leave? ¿Y a qué hora sale el tren?
Our train leaves at three o'clock in the afternoon. Nuestro tren sale a las tres de la tarde.
Hurry up! Run! (speaking to a watch) ¡Apúrate! ¡Corre!

Dialogue Recast

This translation exercise requires some of the words from the More Vocabulary section.

At what time does your train leave? (formal, singular) ¿A qué hora sale su tren?
At five o'clock in the afternoon. A las cinco de la tarde.
And what time is it? ¿Y qué hora es?
It's four forty. ¡Son las cuatro cuarenta!
Hurry up! Run! (formal, singular) ¡Apúrese! ¡Corra!

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