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What is the hardest thing to remember when learning how to talk about time? Let us know in the comment section below!
P.S., You can learn more imporant vocabulary that will help you describe time in this core lesson here:
Thank you for your comment. It really depends on the context and how we say it, sometimes there are no direct translations or equivalents in English.
A: 现在几点？What time is it now?
B: 早上八点半 8:30 am.
A: 演唱会几点开始？When will the concert begin?
B: 晚上八点半 (At) 8:30 pm.
Regarding the example sentence, we're sorry that it caused confusion. For '6 o'clock a.m.', we can also say 上午六点钟, both sentences are both correct. As always, let us know if you have any questions.
I'm trying to learn how to say "It's 8:30 am/pm" and also learn how to say "It's AT 8:30 am/pm". I did a search across all learning levels for lessons on time but found none. I'm confused by this vocab list because the example for am "shangwu" doesn't actually use shangwu but uses "zaoshang" instead. Can you help? Thanks, Lori
I don't know all lessons well enough to name in which lesson you could find noon and midnight, so let me put them briefly here:
中午 [zhōngwǔ] noun: noon
半夜 [bànyè] noun: midnight (more for day to day use)
午夜 [wǔyè] noun: midnight (a little official)
Thanks for learning with us.
It would be good to have midnight and noon, as well, as vocab.
两（liǎng）equals to 二（èr）in meaning.
But in most time, they are not interchangeable.
I we count, 一，èr，三，四...
And we count 一个，liǎng 个，三个，四个...一人, liǎng 人, 三人, 四人....
I we count with measure words, we use liǎng, but not èr.
点 is a measure word for time.
But in some phrases, we use èr, like 二次方程(èr cì fāngchéng,quadratic equation), 二人转(èr rén zhuàn, a song-and-dance duet which is popular in the Northeast China)
As ever, very good. You could perhaps have pointed out the use of liang3 (instead of er4) when counting item numbers
Why is 2 o’clock Liǎng Diǎn when 3oclock is sān diǎn？Why not èr？ I’ve seen this in several places where liǎng is used in place of èr and i’m Trying to understand when we should use each-or are they interchangeable in some circumstances?