Time Words

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Time Words

Days

jīntiān
今天
today
01 jintian

míngtiān
明天
tomorrow
02 mingtian

hòutiān
后天
day after tomorrow
03 houtian

dàhòutiān
大后天
two days after tomorrow
04 dahoutian

zuótiān
昨天
yesterday
05 zuotian

qiántiān
前天
day before yesterday
06 qiantian

dàqiántiān
大前天
two days before yesterday
07 daqiantian

日期

nián

year
nian

yuè

month
yue

hào
号 (spoken)
day
hao



day
ri

yījiǔjiǔjiǔ nián
一九九九年
year 1999
1999nian

èrlínglínglíng nián
二零零零年/二〇〇〇年
year 2000
2000nian

liǎngqiān nián
两千年
year 2000
2000nian

èrlínglíngyī nián
二零零一年/二〇〇一年
year 2001
2010nian

liǎngqiānlíngyī nián
两千零一年/两千〇一年
year 2001
2001nian

èrlíngyīlíng nián
二零一零年/二〇一〇年
year 2010
2010nian

èrlíngyīsì nián
二零一四年/二〇一四年
year 2014
2014nian

yī yuè
一月
January
yiyue

èr yuè
二月
February
eryue

sān yuè
三月
March
sanyue

sì yuè
四月
April
siyue

wǔ yuè
五月
May
wuyue

liù yuè
六月
June
liuyue

qī yuè
七月
July
qiyue

bā yuè
八月
August
bayue

jiǔ yuè
九月
September
jiuyue

shí yuè
十月
October
shiyue

shíyī yuè
十一月
November
shiyiyue

shí’èr yuè
十二月
December
shi’eryue

yī hào
一号
1st of the month (literally, the 1st number)
yihao

èr hào
二号
2nd of the month
erhao

sān hào
三号
3rd of the month
sanhao

sì hào
四号
4th of the month
sihao

wǔ hào
五号
5th of the month
wuhao

liù hào
六号
6th of the month
liuhao

qī hào
七号
7th of the month
qihao

bā hào
八号
8th of the month
bahao

jiǔ hào
九号
9th of the month
jiuhao

shí hào
十号
10th of the month
shihao

shíyī hào
十一号
11th of the month
shiyihao

shí’èr hào
十二号
12th of the month
shi’erhao

shísì hào
十四号
14th of the month
shisihao

shíqī hào
十七号
17th of the month
shiqihao

shíjiǔ hào
十九号
19th of the month
shijiuhao

èrshí hào
二十号
20th of the month
ershihao

èrshí’èr hào
二十二号
22nd of the month
ershi’erhao

èrshísì hào
二十四号
24th of the month
ershisihao

èrshíliù hào
二十六号
26th of the month
ershiliuhao

èrshíqī hào
二十七号
27th of the month
ershiqihao

èrshíjiǔ hào
二十九号
29th of the month
ershijiuhao

sānshí hào
三十号
30th of the month
sanshihao

sānshíyī hào
三十一号
31st of the month
sanshiyihao

Days of Week

Version (1)

xīngqī yī
星期一
Monday
01 xingqi yi

xīngqī èr
星期二
Tuesday
02 xingqi er

xīngqī sān
星期三
Wednesday
03 xingqi san

xīngqī sì
星期四
Thursday
04 xingqi si

xīngqī wǔ
星期五
Friday
05 xingqi wu

xīngqī liù
星期六
Saturday
06 xingqi liu

*xīngqī rì
*星期日
Sunday
07 xingqi ri

*xīngqī tiān
*星期天
Sunday
08 xingqi tian

*”xīngqī tiān” is more common than “xīngqī rì” in spoken Mandarin.

Days of Week

Alternative Versions

lǐbài yī
礼拜一
Monday
libai yi

lǐbài èr
礼拜二
Tuesday
libai er

lǐbài sān
礼拜三
Wednesday
libai san

lǐbài sì
礼拜四
Thursday
libai si

lǐbài wǔ
礼拜五
Friday
libai wu

lǐbài liù
礼拜六
Saturday
libai liu

lǐbài rì
礼拜日
Sunday
libai ri

lǐbài tiān
礼拜天
Sunday
libai tian

zhōu yī
周一
Monday
zhou yi

zhōu èr
周二
Tuesday
zhou er

zhōu sān
周三
Wednesday
zhou san

zhōu sì
周四
Thursday
zhou si

zhōu wǔ
周五
Friday
zhou wu

zhōu liù
周六
Saturday
zhou liu

zhōu rì
*周日
Sunday
zhou ri

*Note:

  1. For Sunday, although we replace ‘日’ with ‘天’ and say 星期天、礼拜天, we do not say 周天.
  2. In Singapore/ Hong Kong, 周日 means weekdays.

Times of Day

yī diǎn
一点
one o’clock
yidian

liǎng diǎn
两点
two o’clock
liangdian

sān diǎn
三点
three o’clock
sandian

sì diǎn
四点
four o’clock
sidian

wǔ diǎn
五点
five o’clock
wudian

liù diǎn
六点
six o’clock
liudian

qī diǎn
七点
seven o’clock
qidian

bā diǎn
八点
eight o’clock
badian

jiǔ diǎn
九点
nine o’clock
jiudian

shí diǎn
十点
ten o’clock
shidian

shíyī diǎn
十一点
eleven o’clock
shiyidian

shí’èr diǎn
十二点
twelve o’clock
shierdian

shíwǔ fēn
十五分
fifteen minutes
shiwufen

yí kè
一刻
a quarter
yike

sānshí fēn
三十分
thirty minutes
sanshi-fen

bàn

half
ban

sìshíwǔ fēn
四十五分
forty-five minutes
sishiwu-fen

sān kè
三刻
three quarters
sanke

xiànzài
现在
now
xianzai

jǐdiǎn
几点
what time
jidian

xiànzài jǐdiǎn
现在几点?
What time is it now?
xianzai-jidian

yī diǎn shí fēn
一点十分
ten minutes past one
yidian-shi-fen

liǎng diǎn èrshí’èr fēn
两点二十二分
two twenty two
liangdian-ershier-fen

bā diǎn bàn
八点半
half past eight
badian-ban

sān diǎn sìshí fēn
三点四十分
three forty
sandian-sishi-fen

qī diǎn sān kè
七点三刻
three quarters past seven
qi dian san ke

sì diǎn sānshíwǔ fēn
四点三十五分
four thirty five
sidian-sanshiwu-fen

chà yí kè liǎng diǎn
差一刻两点
a quarter to two
cha-yike-liangdian

chà shí fēn sì diǎn
差十分四点
ten minutes to four
cha-shifen-si-dian

zǎoshang bā diǎn shí fēn
早上八点十分
ten past eight in the morning
zaoshang-badian-shi-fen

zhōngwǔ shí’èr diǎn
中午十二点
twelve noon
zhongwu-shier-dian

xiàwǔ wǔ diǎn sìshíwǔ fēn
下午五点四十五分
five forty five in the afternoon
xiawu-wudian-sishiwu-fen

wǎnshang jiǔ diǎn bàn
晚上九点半
nine thirty at night
wanshang-jiudian-ban

Other Time Words

jīnnián
今年
this year
jinnian

míngnián
明年
next year
mingnian

hòunián
后年
the year after next
hounian

qùnián
去年
last year
qunian

qiánnián
前年
the year before last
qiannian

zhè ge yuè
这个月
this month
zhe ge yue

shàng ge yuè
上个月
last month
shang ge yue

xià ge yuè
下个月
next month
xia ge yue

yí ge yuè qián
一个月前
one month before
yi ge yue qian

liǎng ge yuè qián
两个月前
two months before
liang ge yue qian

yí ge yuè hòu
一个月后
one month later
yi ge yue hou

zhè ge xīngqī
这个星期
this week
zhe ge xingqi

shàng ge xīngqī
上个星期
last week
shang ge xingqi

xià ge xīngqī
下个星期
next week
xia ge xingqi

shàngshàng ge xīngqī/ shàng ge xīngqī
上上个星期/上上星期
the week before last
shangshang ge xingqi
shangshang xingqi

xiàxià ge xīngqī/ xiàxià xīngqī
下下个星期/下下星期
the week after next
xiaxia ge xingqi
xiaxia xingqi

yí ge xīngqī qián
一个星期前
one week before
yi ge xingqi qian

liǎng ge xīngqī qián
两个星期前
two weeks before
liang ge xingqi qian

yí ge xīngqī hòu
一个星期后
one week later
yi ge xingqi hou

liǎng ge xīngqī hòu
两个星期后
two weeks later
liang ge xingqi hou

liǎng tiān qián
两天前
two days before
liang tian qian

liǎng tiān hòu
两天后
two days later
liang tian hou


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