Expressing Duration in Spanish

Spanish terms for telling how long something lasts.

Whether an even lasted a minute, a day, a week, or has been in a limbo for years, here are all the Spanish terms you need to name how long exactly something lasted. Click on the English phrase for more information about the pronunciation and usage comments for the Spanish words if available.

Spanish phrase        English translation
…minuto …minute
…hora …hour
…día …day
…semana …week
…mes …month
…año …year
…minutos …minutes
…horas …hours
…días …days
…semanas …weeks
…meses …months
…años …years
¿Cuánto tiempo estuviste? How long did you stay?
Me pregunto cuánto tiempo tardará. I wonder how long it's going to take.
Me tomó más de dos horas traducir unas pocas páginas en inglés. It took me more than two hours to translate a few pages of English.
He estado esperando por horas. I've been waiting for hours.
La película duró 2 horas. The film lasted 2 hours.
El tiempo ha pasado rapidísimo. Time has passed very fast.
Puedo ir caminando a la escuela en 10 minutos. I can walk to school in 10 minutes.
¿Cuánto tardará? How long will it take?
La lluvia estuvo cayendo durante cinco días. The rain lasted five days.

Index of Spanish phrases for duration











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