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Hello and welcome to Portuguese Survival Phrases brought to you by PortuguesePod101.com. This course is designed to equip you with the language skills and knowledge to enable you to get the most out of your visit to Brazil. You will be surprised at how far a little Portuguese will go.
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No matter where you are, you will always have some other place to be! Today, we'll look at a question that will give you the tools to find out how much time you have left to get there.
In Portuguese, "What time is it?" is Que horas são? Que horas são?
Let's break it down by syllable: Que ho-ras são?
Now, here is it once again, Que horas são?
The first word Que means "what."
This is followed by Horas, which in English is "hours."
Let's breakdown this word and hear it one more time:
Let's take a look at the last word, São which means "are." São.
So all together, we have Que horas são? Literally, this translates to "What hours are?" but it means "What time is it?"
Let's go over hours here. "Hours" in Portuguese are very easy. You just Horas after every number with three exceptions. "Hours" in Portuguese is Horas. Horas.
Brazilians also use military time, so we'll go over the hours in a whole day.
1 o'clock in the morning is uma hora, first exception.
2 o'clock in the morning is duas horas.
3 o'clock in the morning is três horas.
4 o'clock is quatro horas.
5 o'clock is cinco horas.
6 o'clock is seis horas.
7 o'clock is sete horas.
8 o'clock is oito horas.
9 o'clock is nove horas.
10 o'clock is dez horas.
11 o'clock in the morning is onze horas.
Noon is meio-dia, second exception.
Up to here, things are basically the same. But from here on out, it is different. Don't be scared, just keep counting. So,
1 o'clock in the afternoon is treze horas.
2 o'clock in the afternoon is catorze horas.
3 o'clock in the afternoon is quinze horas.
4 o'clock is dezesseis horas.
5 o'clock is dezessete horas.
6 o'clock at night is dezoito horas.
7 o'clock at night is dezenove horas.
8 o'clock is vinte horas.
9 o'clock is vinte e uma horas.
10 o'clock is vinte e duas horas.
11 o'clock at night vinte e três horas.
Midnight is meia-noite, the third exception.
Now that we've got that down, let's go over minutes. "Minutes" in Portuguese is Minutos. Minutos.
and minutos.
Here, you just follow the number with the word Minutos.
For example, 15 minutes is Quinze minutos, 45 minutes is Quarenta e cinco minutos.
Again, just the number followed by the word, Minutos.
Now, to put hours and minutes together, just insert the word e between the hours and minutes. For example, 8:12 a.m. is oito e doze.
Oito e doze.
And, 3:27 p.m. is quinze e vinte e sete.
Quinze e vinte e sete.
Now, a textbook will tell you to put Horas after the number indicating hours, and Minutos after the number indicating minutes. This is technically right, but unneeded in daily conversation.
Cultural Insights
Talking about the time of day reminds me about a funny story from a few years ago. A young boy who was still learning how to tell time told me how he had stayed up really late the night before and how proud he was of it. I asked him how late he had stayed up and he happily responded: meio dia da noite!!!!! Which translates to "Noon at night."


Okay, to close out this lesson, we'd like you to practice what you've just learned. I'll provide you with the English equivalent of the phrase and you're responsible for saying it aloud. You have a few seconds before I give you the answer, so boa sorte!
"What time is it?" - Que horas são?
Que ho-ras são?
Que horas são?
Alright, that's going to do it for today. Remember to stop by PortuguesePod101.com and pick up the accompanying PDF. If you stop by, be sure to leave us a comment.