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Dà jiā hǎo!

This is part 2 of how to tell the time in Chinese. You can read part 1 here.    

Let's look at 'a.m.' and 'p.m.'
In Chinese we don't use those words but instead use the following time expressions.

早上 zǎoshang : Morning (Early)
上午 shàngwǔ   : Morning (Before noon) 
下午 xiàwǔ        : Afternoon
晚上 wǎnshang : Evening (Night)
半液 bànyè        : Midnight

7.15 a.m. = 早上七点一刻 zǎoshang qī diǎn yī kè
A quarter past 7 in the morning.

2 p.m. = 下午两点 xià wǔ liǎng diǎn
2 0'clock in the afternoon.

10.30 p.m. = 晚上十点半 wǎnshang shí diǎn bàn
Half past ten in the evening.


Now let's look at some questions related to time.

点 ?         jǐ diǎn ? : What time is it? 
今天星期几? jīntiān xīngqī jǐ ? : What day is it today? 
今天几号?     jīntiān jǐ  hào ?: What is the date today? 
现在几月?     xiànzài jǐ yuè?  : What month is it (now)?

 

Any questions?  Please let me know!


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Comment by JayLatarche on June 8, 2011 at 10:03pm
Haha cheers mate! I didn't notice that mistake.

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Comment by Zhang Wenzhuo on June 2, 2011 at 2:36pm

Hi, Brandon

For example, if Anna wants to meet her friend in the front of the zoo gate, then she will tell her friend"Shall we meet in the front of the gate? " My friend may probably ask me"What time?(什么时候?shén me shí hòu?/几点?jǐ diǎn?") I will say" What about 10 o'clock"

Another example,

"Hi, Brandon, do you know we will have a important meeting tomorrow?"

"Oh,I don't know. What time?(几点?jǐ diǎn?/ 什么时候?shén me shí hòu?)"

"8:30 a.m, don't be late!"(早上zǎo shang/上午shàng wǔ 八点半bā diǎn bàn,别迟到啊bié chí dào a"

 

What time? 几点/什么时候?

If there is anything you don't clear, just tell me, happy to explain! :)

 

Comment by hydrandt on June 2, 2011 at 8:21am
My suggestion is to change 七 qi -> 九 jiu, so that the English translation corresponds with the Chinese sentence. Otherwise it's fine - but I'm everything but an expert : )

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Comment by Brandon on June 2, 2011 at 6:51am
Nice post & examples.  I updated to reflect Zhang's correction.  Zhang - What should we put for 'what time?' / translation?  Or is that okay as-is?  Or hydrandt, did you have other suggestions?
Comment by JayLatarche on June 2, 2011 at 12:21am
Haha cheers, I have to do it in this annoying pinyin input thing and don't always notice mistakes! I downloaded this awesome software though and now I can do it super quick :) I will edit it later.

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Comment by Zhang Wenzhuo on June 1, 2011 at 11:42pm

Excellent!

Well, there is a little mistake, may I correct it? Hah....下午两点,should be xià wǔ liǎng diǎn! :)

Comment by hydrandt on June 1, 2011 at 9:43pm
我找了一个错误 - 第一个例汉语的翻译有错数码 :-)

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