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23 expressions and how to tell time in Chinese (beginners)

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Have you finally decided to study Chinese? Once you have overcome the mental obstacles that you have imposed on yourself, and you show yourself willing to learn it? To get you started and familiarize yourself with this language, we have thought it appropriate to write this article for you, in which we show you how the hours and other basic concepts are given in this fascinating language.

Also, if you want to learn the time, it will be essential to know the numbers in Chinese ! Let’s continue with our tips for learning Chinese for beginners …

Chinese time expressions

  • Excuse me, what time is it?

qǐng wèn , xiàn zài jǐ diǎn zhōng?(请问 , 现在 几点 钟?)

written oral time

O’clock diǎn
And a half bàn
And a quarter
Minute fēn
Second miǎo

Practice with the following hours

0.01 yī diǎn 一点
02.00 liǎng diǎn 两点
10:00 shí diǎn 十 点
12.00 shí èr diǎn 十二点
01.30 yī diǎn bàn 一点 半
02.30 liǎng diǎn bàn 两点 半
08.30 bā diǎn bàn 八点 半
12.30 shí èr diǎn bàn 十二点 半
01.15 yī diǎn yī kè

or also

yī diǎn shí wǔ fēn

一点 一刻

一点 十五分

05.45 wǔ diǎn sān kè

or also

wǔ diǎn sì shí wǔ fēn

五 点 三 刻

五 点 四 十五分

07.05 qī diǎn ling wǔ fēn 七点 零五 分
12.27 shí èr diǎn èr shí qī fēn 十二点 二十 七分
11.59 shí yī diǎn wǔ shí jiǔ fēn 十一点 五 十九 分
01.01 yī diǎn ling yī fēn ling yī miǎo 一点 零 一 分 零 一秒

Basic phrases in Chinese

  1. Can you repeat it?
nín zài shuō yī biàn xínɡ mɑ? 您 再说 一遍 行 吗?
2. I don’t speak bu huì shuō…… 不会……
3. I talk a little about wǒ huì shuō yī diǎn diǎn…… 我 会说 一 点点……
4. I am Spanish. wǒ shì xī bān yá rén。 我 是 西班牙人
5. Do you speak English? nín huì shuō yīnɡ yǔ mɑ? 您 会说 英语 吗
6. Do you speak French? nín huì shuō fa yǔ mɑ? 您 会说 法语 吗
7. Do you speak German? nín huì shuō dé yǔ mɑ? 您 会说 德语 吗
8. Is there someone to speak up? yǒu rén huì shuō…… mɑ? 会有人……?
9. How do you say? qǐnɡ nín zài shuō yī biàn? 请 您 再说 一遍
10. I understand. wǒ tīnɡ dǒnɡ le。 我 听懂 了
11. I don’t understand. wǒ méi tīnɡ dǒnɡ。 我 没 听懂
12. Do you understand me? nín minɡ bɑi wǒ de huà le mɑ? 您 明白 我 的话 了 吗
13. Could you repeat it for me? qǐnɡ nín bǎ tā chónɡ fù yí biàn , hǎo mɑ? 请 您 把 它 重复 一遍 , 好吗
14. Could you speak more slowly? qǐnɡ nín zài shuō dé màn yì diǎn hǎo mɑ? 请 您 再说 得 慢 一点 好吗
15. What does this mean? nà shì shén me yì si ? 那 是 什么 意思
16. What does this word mean? zhè ɡe cit shì shén me yì si? 这个 词 是 什么 意思
17. Is it the same as? zhè hé…… shì yí yànɡ de mɑ? 这和……是一样的吗?
18. Is it more or less the same as? zhè hé…… shì chà bù duō yí yànɡ de mɑ? 这和……是一差不多样的吗?
19. Could you write it to me? qǐnɡ nín bānɡ wǒ xiě xià lái hǎo mɑ? 请 您 帮 我 写 下来 好吗
20. Could you spell it for me? qǐnɡ nín bānɡ wǒ pīn xiě yí xià xínɡ mɑ? 请 您 帮 我 拼写 一下 行 吗
21. Could you point it out to me in this guide? qǐnɡ nín zài zhè běn duán yǔ shū shànɡ wéi wǒ zhǐ chū lái , hǎo mɑ? 请 您 在 这 本 短语 书 上 为 我 指出 来 , 好吗
22. Wait a minute. I’m going to look it up in the guide. shāo děnɡ piàn kè , wǒ chá yí xià。 稍等 片刻 , 我查 一下
23. I can’t find the word. wǒ zhǎo bu dào zhè ɡe c。 我 找不到这个 词
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