Telling the time in Mandarin—another fundamental thing to learn. Not so difficult once you get the hang of it, though. However, if you are not familiar with how to say Chinese numbers, it might be an idea to listen to our previous Podcast first. Listen and learn with our Learn Mandarin Now Podcasts…
In this Podcast you will learn:
1. How to ask what time is it in Chinese
2. How to tell the time in a standard way
3. To ask the time and other simple questions in a polite way
4. Some exceptions to the rules
Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:
1. （现在）几点了？ What time is it (now）?
2. Standard way to tell the time in Chinese: （）点（）分 ( ) o’clock ( ) minutes. There are many other different ways to tell the time in Chinese but this is the simplest, standard one.
3. 对不起：I’m sorry (excuse me)
4. 请问：Polite way to ask a question. This is usually added at the beginning of questions to make them more polite Example: 请问现在几点了？ What time is it now please?
5. 两点两分:Two o’clock and two minutes Here’s an example of an exception: in Chinese, “两” and “二” both mean “two”. But when you are telling the time such as two o’clock or two minutes, you should use the character两 instead of 二。 To refresh your knowledge of the numbers 1-10, you can click here to listen to our previous Podcast again.
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