Tell the Time Chinese Way

Mandarin Phrases Section 4: Time


You must know the basics of Chinese numerals before starting to tell the time Chinese way.  For that, not only must you be able to count from one to 10, but also from 10 to 100

Having mastered the basic numerals, learn two basic words -- the characters for hour and minute in Chinese.  They are:  diǎn 点, which means hour; and fēn 分, which means minute. Take note that these two words are used to tell the time, rather than length of time. If you want to describe length of time -- such as one hours or two hours and so on -- you will need to learn additional characters.

Then, learn to describe the different times of a day, including:

With that, you will be able to tell the time in Chinese fairly quickly.



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