两 点 liǎng diǎn: 2 o'clock
This is how I tell the time, I don't normally bother with 'zhōng.'
一点 : 1:00
两点 : 2:00
三点 : 3:00
四点 : 4:00
五点 : 5:00 etc....
Okay! So next we need the following vocab for the next sentences.
fēn 分 : Minute
kè 刻 : 'Quarter of an hour'
五点五分 wǔ diǎn wǔ fēn : 5:05
五点二十分 wǔ diǎn èr shí fēn : Twenty minutes past 5.
I never add 'fēn' when saying the time, but I add it when writing the time down.
三点五十(分) sān diǎn wǔ shí (fēn) : Three fifty.
Again, fen is preference.
三点一刻 sān diǎn yī kè : A quarter past three.
两点三刻 liǎng diǎn sān kè : A quarter to three.
It took me quite awhile to figure out the the number before kè meant the number of quarters in the current hour.
3:15 = yi ke
2:45 = san ke
Update! But I have also learnt that you don't need to use 'ke' when telling the time, just use fen (分) instead.
Okay! So next we need the following vocab:
半 bàn : Half
Bàn always comes after diǎn
两点半 liǎng diǎn bàn : Half past 2.
一点半 yī diǎn bàn : Half past 1
三点半 sān diǎn bàn : Half past 3 etc...
So there are a few simple words and structures for telling the time in Chinese.
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