The Time Word Order in Chinese structure is very different from that of English. Knowing how to tell the time in Chinese is very useful. Let’s begin with the vocabulary related to telling the time in Chinese.
Chinese Time Words
Here you can find the Chinese time words list.
|刻||kè||1/4 of an hour|
What is the Chinese Time Word Order?
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 to make an appointment at 3 pm on Thursday. There are three elements involved in this appointment, at 3 o’clock, PM and Thursday.
Let’s go down the “slide,” from big to small. First, the biggest time element is the one for Thursday, “one day, 24 hours”. Second, the time frame “PM” means 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。”
Telling Time in Chinese
Let’s use some examples to practice how to tell the time in Chinese.
1. I wake up at 6 am.
我 早上 六点 起床。Wǒ zǎoshang liù diǎn qǐchuáng.
2. See you tomorrow at noon.
明天 中午 见！Míngtiān zhōngwǔ jiàn!
3. I have a piano class at 7 pm this Tuesday.
我 这个星期二 晚上 七点 有钢琴课。Wǒ zhège xīngqī’èr wǎnshàng qī diǎn yǒu gāngqín kè.
4. The election day is November 3, 2020.
二〇二〇年 十一月 三日 是选举日。Èr líng èr líng nián shíyī yuè sān rì shì xuǎnjǔ rì.
Simplified Chinese Version Infographic
Traditional Chinese Version Infographic
Chinese Time Word Order 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 the year, month, date, day of the week, a period of time in a day, o’clock and minute, in Chinese.
⃞ I can write the 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 the correct order.
⃞ I can make an appointment in Chinese.