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Talking about Time

谈论时间
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morning
早上 早上 (n)
zǎoshàng
早上
morning
清晨 清晨
qīngchén
清晨
early in the morning
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evening
晚上 晚上 (n)
wǎnshàng
晚上
evening
城市的傍晚 城市的傍晚
chéngshì de bàngwǎn
城市的傍晚
evening in the city
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daytime
白天 白天 (n)
báitiān
白天
daytime
白天时间 白天时间
báitiān shíjiān
白天時間
daytime hours
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nighttime
夜间 夜间 (n)
yèjiān
夜間
nighttime
已经是夜里了。 已经是夜里了。
Yǐjīng shì yèlǐ le.
已經是夜裡了。
It's already nighttime.
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hour
小时 小时 (n)
xiǎoshí
小時
hour
一小时有60分钟。 一小时有60分钟。
Yī xiǎoshí yǒu liùshí fēnzhōng.
一個小時有60分鐘。
There are 60 minutes in an hour.
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minute
分钟 分钟 (n)
fēnzhōng
分鐘
minute
三分钟 三分钟
sān fēnzhōng
三分鐘
three minutes
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o'clock
(n)
diǎn
o'clock
我们九点在火车站见吧。 我们九点在火车站见吧。
Wǒmen jiǔ diǎn zài huǒchēzhàn jiàn ba.
我們九點在火車站見吧。
Let's meet at the station at 9 o'clock.
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half past
(n)
bàn
half past
九点半 九点半
jiǔ diǎn bàn
九點半
half past nine
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AM
上午 上午 (n)
shàngwǔ
上午
AM
PM
下午 下午 (n)
xiàwǔ
下午
PM
晚上十一点 晚上十一点
wǎnshàng shíyī diǎn
晚上十一點
at 11 p.m.
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What time is it now?
现在几点? 现在几点?
Xiànzài jǐ diǎn?
現在幾點?
What time is it now?
one o'clock
一点(一点钟) 一点(一点钟)
yī diǎn ( yī diǎn zhōng )
一點(一點鐘)
one o'clock
two o'clock
两点 两点
liǎng diǎn
兩點
two o'clock
three o'clock
三点 三点
sān diǎn
三點
three o'clock
four o'clock
四点 四点
sì diǎn
四點
four o'clock
five o'clock
五点 五点
wǔ diǎn
五點
five o'clock
six o'clock
六点 六点
liù diǎn
六點
six o'clock
seven o'clock
七点 七点
qī diǎn
七點
seven o'clock
eight o'clock
八点 八点
bā diǎn
八點
eight o'clock
nine o'clock
九点 九点
jiǔ diǎn
九點
nine o'clock
ten o'clock
十点 十点
shí diǎn
十點
ten o'clock
eleven o'clock
十一点 十一点
shíyī diǎn
十一點
eleven o'clock
twelve o'clock
十二点 十二点
shíèr diǎn
十二點
twelve o'clock
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ChineseClass101.com
Tuesday at 5:10 pm
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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:

https://www.chineseclass101.com/2015/04/27/top-25-chinese-questions-you-need-to-know-17-what-time-is-it-in-chinese/

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ChineseClass101.com
Monday at 11:08 pm
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Hello Lori,


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.

For example,

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.


Ngai Lam

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Lori
Friday at 10:26 pm
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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

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ChineseClass101.com
Sunday at 7:45 pm
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Hi Raq


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.


Amy

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Raq
Friday at 11:33 pm
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It would be good to have midnight and noon, as well, as vocab.

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ChineseClass101.com
Sunday at 11:03 pm
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Hello, Elaine,


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)


Cho

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Bernard Davies
Wednesday at 12:36 am
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As ever, very good. You could perhaps have pointed out the use of liang3 (instead of er4) when counting item numbers


Best wishes.

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Elaine
Tuesday at 8:51 am
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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?