Telling Time: Practice Comprehension Activity

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  • 0:06 ?Qu? Hora Es?
  • 0:35 Reading: Workshop Schedule
  • 2:28 Listening: Workshop Schedule
  • 4:24 Review
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Instructor: Ashley Garcias-Casas
Now that you know how to tell the time, you may find many people asking you, ?Qué hora es? What time is it? In this lesson we will practice reading and listening to people asking about the time.

?Qué hora es?

At times, our lives are planned down to the minute. We constantly look at our watch in case we need to hurry up or to see if we can slow down a bit. Imagine one day where you leave your house without your watch or your phone to tell the hour. How would you know if you were going to arrive on time to everything you had planned for the day? You would probably have to rely on other people telling you the time. For this, you need to know the question: ?Qué hora es?

?Qué hora es? asks, 'What time is it?'

Reading: Workshop Schedule

Now we are going to meet María. María has just started a new job and her first orientation day is full of meetings and workshops. Let's take a minute to look at her schedule. You will see the time, event and room number.

9:00 a.m. Presentaciones - Sala 3
10:15a.m. Café - Cafetería Bruges
11:45 a.m. Reunión con directores - Sala 8
1:30 p.m. Reunión con equipos - Sala 5
2:20 p.m. Almuerzo - Restaurante Gallego
3:50 p.m. Taller
Workshop 'Trabajar en equipo' de Alex Borges - Sala 10
5:15 p.m. Taller 'Yo soy líder' de Alicia Ramos - Sala 1
6:00 p.m. Resumen - Sala 3

Now look at the statements and answer the question, ?qué hora es?

María está en la sala 10. ?Qué hora es? If we look at the schedule, we see María is in a Workshop about Teamwork in Room 10. We are asked what time it is. If she is in the workshop, we know it is 3:50 p.m. When asked, ?Qué hora es?, our response should be, Son las cuatro menos diez de la tarde.

Continue reading and answering the following questions. Feel free to pause the video to give you time to respond.

María está en la cafetería Bruges. ?Qué hora es? Son las diez y cuarto de la mañana.

María está en la sala 5. ?Qué hora es? Es la una y media de la tarde.

María está en la sala 3. ?Qué hora es? Son las nueve de la mañana.

Now, you will be given the time and asked where María is. For example,

Son las dos y veinte de la tarde. ?Dónde está María? María está en el restaurante gallego.

Son las doce menos cuarto de la mañana. ?Dónde está María? María está en la sala 8.

Son las cinco y cuarto de la tarde. ?Dónde está María? María está en la sala 1.

Son las seis de la tarde. ?Dónde está María? María está en la sala 9.

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