2014年1月12日 星期日

Telling the Time in Chinese



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Telling the Time in Chinese

 

To say “What time is it?” in Chinese is

请问,现在几点(钟)?

qǐng wèn xiàn zài jǐ diǎn zhōng )?

 

点钟 means oclock

diǎn zhōng

 

literally means how many

jǐ

So to answer this question, we can say

现在 + Number + 点(钟)。

xiàn zài                  diǎn zhōng

 

To say it’s 3 o’clock in Chinese

现在三点(钟)。

xiàn zài sān diǎn zhōng

 

To say it’s 12 o’clock in Chinese.

现在十二点钟。

xiàn zài shí èr diǎn zhōng

 

And to say it’s 12:30 we say

现在十二点半。

xiàn zài shí èr diǎn bàn

 

In this sentence above, 半(bàn means half, so it means its 3 oclock and a half.

To say it’s 2:45 we say

现在两点四十五分。

xiàn zài liǎng diǎn sì shí wǔ fēn

 

现在 means now and means used as minute when telling the time.

xiàn zài

There’s am and pm difference in English, so in Chinese, here is how to distinguish the difference between AM and PM.

 

It’s now 9:30am. We say..

现在早上九点半。

xiàn zài zǎo shang jiǔ diǎn bàn

 

We use 早上 morning.

zǎo shàng

 

It’s now 9:30pm. We say..

现在晚上九点半。

xiàn zài wǎn shàng jiǔ diǎn bàn

 

晚上means evening or night.

wǎn shàng

This is how we know it’s AM or PM. Sometimes it doesn’t even need to be mention, because we can tell it’s day time or evening time just looking out the window, right?