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Time

by Joanna Liu


If you already know Chinese numbers, time won't be a huge challenge for you. The difficult part is that instead of easy "am" or "pm", Mandarin has divided the times of the day into more detailed segments. * numbers in ( ) means the intonation

Vocabularies to know,
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
一 二 三 四 五 六 七 八 九 十
Yi (1) Er (2) San (1) Si (4) Wu (3) Liu (4) qi (1) Ba (1) Jiu (3) Shi (2)

两 liang (3) (also means two, used in counting objects and times)
点 dian (3) (o’clock)
分 fen (1) (minute)
查 cha(4) (not enough)
半 ban (4) (half)

Example:
2:32pm (下午两点三十二分)(xia wu liang dian san shi er fen)

you say the time frame first, which is "xia wu" (afternoon) and you then you say the two o'clock thirty two minutes

Example:
8:30am (早上八点半)(zao shang ba dian ban)



English Chinese, Mandarin Pronounce As
early morning (generally from 5am to 9am) 早晨 or 早上
zao(3) chen(2) or zao (3) shang (4)
before noon (morning from 10am to 12pm) 上午
shang (4) wu (3)
noon 中午
zhong (1) wu (3)
afternoon (generally from 1pm to 4pm) 下午
xia (4) wu (3)
evening (generally from 5pm to 11pm) 晚上
wan (3) shang (4)
past midnight ( generally from 12am to 4am) 半夜
ban (4) ye (4)



Exercises

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