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Telling the Time in Chinese
To say “What time is it?” in Chinese is
qǐng wèn ， xiàn zài jǐ diǎn （ zhōng ）？
点钟 means o’clock
几 literally means “how many”
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
xiàn zài sān diǎn （ zhōng ） 。
To say it’s 12 o’clock in Chinese.
xiàn zài shí èr diǎn zhōng 。
And to say it’s 12:30 we say
xiàn zài shí èr diǎn bàn 。
In this sentence above, 半（bàn） means half, so it means it’s 3 o’clock and a half.
To say it’s 2:45 we say
xiàn zài liǎng diǎn sì shí wǔ fēn 。
现在 means now and 分 means used as “minute” when telling the time.
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..
xiàn zài zǎo shang jiǔ diǎn bàn 。
We use 早上 morning.
It’s now 9:30pm. We say..
xiàn zài wǎn shàng jiǔ diǎn bàn 。
晚上means evening or night.
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?