Time in Portuguese

example of time in portuguese: que horas são? são três e um.

Hey there, guys! Today, we’ll cover an especially important topic: how to tell the time in portuguese! Did you know Brazil uses a system for hours different from the 12-hour format? And that we have multiple ways to describe the same hour? Learn more about hours in Portuguese while having fun!

Hours in Portuguese

There are many ways to tell the time in Portuguese. But let’s begin with the basics: we always use the verb ser to describe an hour. Check out one example of this:

Por favor, que horas são?Please, what time is it?
São duas e quinze da tarde. (14:15)It’s two fifteen in the afternoon. (2:15 pm)

How to Use the 24h Format?

Brazilians love to be incredibly detailed when talking! So, it’s common to hear someone specifying the period of day even if that is already obvious from the context. Brazil follows most of the international guidelines, including time in 24h format and day/month/year. That is why people don’t use am/pm, but they have two ways to describe the hours:

00:00meia-noite12:00 AM
01:00uma da manhã / uma hora01:00 AM
02:00duas da manhã / duas horas02:00 AM
03:00três da manhã / três horas03:00 AM
04:00quatro da manhã / quatro horas04:00 AM
05:00cinco da manhã / cinco horas05:00 AM
06:00seis da manhã / seis horas06:00 AM
07:00sete da manhã / sete horas07:00 AM
08:00oito da manhã / oito horas08:00 AM
09:00nove da manhã / nove horas09:00 AM
10:00dez da manhã / dez horas10:00 AM
11:00onze da manhã / onze horas11:00 AM
12:00meio-dia12:00 PM
13:00uma da tarde / treze horas01:00 PM
14:00duas da tarde / quatorze horas / catorze horas02:00 PM
15:00três da tarde / quinze horas03:00 PM
16:00quatro da tarde / dezesseis horas04:00 PM
17:00cinco da tarde / dezessete horas05:00 PM
18:00seis da tarde / dezoito horas06:00 PM
19:00sete da noite / dezenove horas07:00 PM
20:00oito da noite / vinte horas08:00 PM
21:00nove da noite / vinte e uma horas09:00 PM
22:00dez da noite / vinte e duas horas10:00 PM
23:00onze da noite / vinte e três horas11:00 PM

Keep in mind: When Brazilians describe hours between one and eleven, they tend to add whether they mean in the morning or in the afternoon/night.

Meia-Noite e Meio-Dia?

Against all the expectations, Brazilians have a special and unique way to refer to 12:00 and 00:00. Look at the examples below so you can understand it better!

Com licença! Tem horas?Excuse me! Do you have the time?
É meio-dia.It’s midday. (12:00 pm)
A que horas você chegou em casa ontem?What time did you get home yesterday?
Mais ou menos meia-noite.About midnight. (0:00 am)

Punctual Time in Portuguese

example of hours in portuguese: ela começou a estudar às oito em ponto!

When people want to say the specific time, they use the expression em ponto (o’clock) or they complete with the word horas.

A que horas começam as aulas na Rio & Learn?What time the classes start at Rio & Learn?
As aulas começam às nove horas em ponto.The classes start at nine o´clock.

Another way of saying the time in Portuguese is when you want to be more specific than just describing the whole hour. When it is ‘half past’ a certain hour, we say em meia in Portuguese. If you want to read more about this, check out our Dica about the differents uses for the word meia.

Você sabe a que horas vai começar o show?Do you know when the concert starts?
Vai começar às dez e meia. (22:30)It starts at half past ten. (10:30 pm).

We can’t say dez e meia horas, but you can say dez e meia da manhã.

Examples for Time in Portuguese

Minha aula online de Português começa às oito da manhã.
My online Portuguese class starts at 8 am.

Paula chegou em casa às quatro da tarde no sábado.
Paula arrived at home at 4 pm on Saturday.

Seu ônibus vai partir às 23 horas.
Your bus will leave at 11 pm.

A RioLIVE! de hoje vai começar às quinze para as três. (14:45)
The RioLIVE! is going to be at a quarter to threre. (2:45 pm)

O avião vai partir do Rio de Janeiro às dez para a meia-noite. (23:50)
The plane leaves Rio de Janeiro at ten to midnight. (11:50 pm)

Exercises for Time in Portuguese

Can you unscramble the sentences below and form the correct sentences about hours in Portuguese?

Did you know that our Dicas are always out at nine o’clock in the morning? If you have more doubts, send a tweet to our Twitter account and it will be a pleasure answering them!

See you soon!
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Click in the links below to see more related Dicas
Numbers from 1 to 10 in Portuguese
Numbers from 11 to 20 in Portuguese
Dates in Portuguese
Portuguese Present Tense of Ser

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