Chinese Time

This lesson will teach you how to talk about the time in Chinese. By listening to the audio, and practicing the Chinese words and phrases aloud, you’ll quickly learn how to ask for the time and tell others what time it is.   By the end of this lesson you’ll be able to set up a meeting, appointment, or date in Chinese, and be sure that you will be on time in China!

Pronouncing Chinese time

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几点了?

Jǐdiǎn le?

What time is it?

你知道几点了吗?

Nǐ zhīdào jǐdiǎn le ma?

Do you have the time?

And you may get as an answer…

当然……

Dāngrán……

Yes of course......

八点了。

Bādiǎn le。

It is 8 o’clock.

九点半了。

Jiǔdiǎnbàn le。

It is 9 thirty.

十点一刻了。

Shídiǎn yíkè (yīkè) le。

It's quarter past ten.

差一刻一点了。

Chà yíkè (yīkè) yīdiǎn le。

It is quarter to one.

对不起,我不知道。

Duìbuqǐ, wǒ bù zhīdào。

No (as in "I don't have the time"), sorry.

It is almost like in English, so you should learn your number well and the rest will come easily. Now you will learn when they ask you if you have an appointment to go to the doctor or to meet with a friend to “喝咖啡 hē kāfēi” (have coffee).

你预约了吗?

Nǐ yùyuē le ma?

Did you make an appointment?

你想约什么时候见医生?

Nǐ xiǎng yuē shénme shíhòu jiàn yīshēng?

When do you want to have an appointment with the doctor?

你想什么时候见面?

Nǐ xiǎng shénme shíhòu jiànmiàn?

When do you want to meet?

And you may want to know how to have someone repeat when your appointment is…

我约在什么时候?

Wǒ yuē zài shénme shíhòu?

When do I have my appointment?

我们约了什么时候见面?

Wǒmen yuē le shénme shíhòu jiànmiàn?

When are we meeting again?

Here's some useful Chinese vocabulary relating to time…

手表

shǒubiǎo

The watch

zhōng

The clock

约定

yuēdìng

An appointment

见面

jiànmiàn

A meeting

约会

yuēhuì

A date

准时

zhǔnshí

To be on time

迟到

chídào

To be late

That’s it for today’s lesson. I hope you had fun!

If you want more lessons on Chinese time then I recommend these ones!

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