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Time Dian (dee-an) 点

 
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  Time Dian (dee-an) 点
 

Telling time in Chinese is a combination of the appropriate number, plus dian (dee-an), which means something like “point of time.” In this usage it is equivalent of the English “o’clock.”

Time (of day)

Shijian (shr-jee-an)

时间

Hour

Xiaoshi (shee-ow-shr)

小时

Half an hour

Ban xiaoshi (bahn-shee-ow-shr)

半小时

Minute

Fen (fern)

a.m.

Shangwu (shahng-woo)

上午

p.m.

Xiawu (shee-ah-woo)

下午

In China the 24-hour day is divided into four periods:

Midnight to 6 a.m. (early morning)

qingzao (cheeng-zow)

清早

6 a.m. to noon (morning)

Zaoshang (zow-shahng)

早上

Noon to 6 p.m. (afternoon)

Xiawu (shee-ah-woo)

下午

6 p.m to midnight (evening)

Wanshang (wahn-shahng)

晚上

 

In designating the time period as well as the hour, both words precede the hour, as in the following examples.

1 a.m.

Qingzao yi dian (cheeng-zow ee- dee-an)

清早一点

8 a.m.

Zaoshang ba dian (zow-shahng bah dee-an)

早上八点

1 p.m.

Xiawu yi dian (shee-ah-woo ee dee-an)

下午一点

What time?

Ji dian? (jee dee-an)

几点

At / in

Zai (zigh)

Early

Zao (zow)

Late

Wan (wahn)

On time

Zhunshi (ju-wun-shr)

准时

In the morning

Zai zaoshang (zigh zow-shahng)

在早上

In the afternoon

Zai xiawu (zigh shee-ah-woo)

在下午

In the evening

Zai wanshang (zigh wahn-shahng)

在晚上

1 o’clock

Yi dian (ee dee-an)

一点

1 a.m.

Zaoshang yi dian (zow-shahng ee dee-an)

早上一点

1:10

Yi dian shifen (ee dee-an shr-fern)

一点十分

1:30

Yi dian ban (ee dee-an bahn)

一点半

2 o’clock

Liang dian (lee-ahng dee-an)

两点

3 o’clock

San dian (sahn dee-an)

三点

2 a.m.

Zaoshang liang dian (zow-shahng lee-ahng dee-an)

早上两点

2 p.m.

Xiawu liang dian (shee-ah-woo lee-ahng dee-an)

下午两点

2:30

Liang dian ban (ee dee-an bahn)

两点半

3 o’clock

San dian (sahn dee-an)

三点

3 a.m.

Zaoshang san dian (zow-shahng sahn dee-an)

早上三点

3 p.m.

Xiawu san dian (shee-ah-woo sahn dee-an)

下午三点

3:15

San dian shiwufen (sahn dee-an shr-woo-fern)

三点十五分

3:30

San dian ban (sahn dee-an bahn)

三点半

4 o’clock

Si dian (suh dee-an)

四点

5 o’clock

Wu dian (woo dee-an)

五点

6 o’clock

Liu dian (leo dee-an)

六点

7 o’ clock

Qi dian (chee dee-an)

七点

8 o’clock

Ba dian (bah dee-an)

八点

9 o’clock

Jiu dian (jeo dee-an)

九点

10 o’clock

Shi dian (shr dee-an)

十点

11 o’clock

Shiyi dian (shr-ee dee-an)

十一点

12 o’clock

Shier dian (shr-urr dee-an)

十二点

What time is it?
Ji dian-le? (jee dee-an-ler) 几点了?

It is 6:30
Liu dian sanshi (leo dee-an sahn-shr) 六点三十

It is 12:30
Shier dian sanshi (shr-urr dee-an sahn-shr) 十二点三十

What time are we leaving?
Women shenme shijian zou? (woh-mern shern-mo shr-jee-an zoe) 我们什么时间走?

What time does the bus leave?
Gonggong qiche jidian likai? (Gohng-gohng chee-cher jee-dee-an lee-kigh) 公共汽车几点离开?

What times is breakfast?
Zaocan shi ji dian? (zow-tsahn shr jee dee-an) 早餐是几点?

What times is lunch?
Wucan shi ji dian? (woo-tsahn shr jee dee-an) 午餐是几点?

What times is dinner
Wancan shi ji dian? (wahn-tsahn shr jee dee-an) 晚餐是几点?

One moment, please
Deng yi deng (derng ee derng) 等一等

What time does the museum open?
Bowuguan jidian kaimen? (boh-woo-gwahn jee-dee-an kigh-mern) 博物馆几点开门?

What time does the theatre open?
Juchang jidian kaimen? (jwee-chahng jee-dee-an kigh-mern) 剧场几点开门?

What time does the play start?
Huaju jidian kaishi? (hwah-jwee jee-dee-an kigh-shr) 话剧几点开始?

What time does the film start?
Dianying jidian kaishi? (dee-an-yeeng jee-dee-an kigh-shr) 电影几点开始?

 
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