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Time Order in Chinese

The Chinese time order structure is very different from that of English. It is important for students to know the Chinese time order structure.

When we created this infographic, we gave a new name for this time order. We call it the “Time Order Slide”. The “slide” goes from the bigger time range to the smaller time range. For instance, if you would like make an appointment at 3pm on Thursday. There are 3 time frames involved  in this appointment, 3 o’clock, PM and Thursday.

Let’s go down the “slide,” from big to small. First, the biggest time frame is the one for Thursday, “one day, 24 hours”. Second, the time frame “PM” means the from noon to midnight. Lastly, “3 o’clock” represents “one minute”. So, the correct time order in Chinese, following the time order slide, will be “Thursday, PM, 3 o’clock” which is “星期四 下午 三点。”

 

Use the “can-do” list to check if you learned this grammar.

Can-do checklist:

⃞        I can recognize time-related vocabulary, including year, month, date, day of the week, a period of time in a day, o’clock and minute, in Chinese.

⃞        I can recognize time-related vocabulary, including year, month, date, day of the week, a period of time in a day, o’clock and minute, when people use them in a Chinese conversation.

⃞        I can say year, month, date, day of the week, a period of time in a day, o’clock and minute, in Chinese.

⃞        I can write year, month, date, day of the week, a period of time in a day, o’clock and minute, in pinyin/Chinese characters.

⃞        I can put time-related vocabulary in correct order.

⃞        I can make an appointment in Chinese.

 

Simplified Chinese Version

 

Traditional Chinese Version

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2 thoughts on “Time Order in Chinese

  1. Hi Karen,

    I really like your great work, and it helps me a lot when I am preparing the teaching material. And I really appreciate that you created the traditional versions too. Just a little problem I saw from the traditional version of this post. On the right bottom of it, it should be “點”. ^^

    Many thanks!
    Best wishes,
    Beryl

    1. Hi Beryl,

      Thank you for your feedback. I have updated the new one! Please redownload it. And I am glad to know you found our infographics useful. We will keep making more! 🙂

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