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How to Talk About 'Time' in Chinese

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How to Talk About TIME in Chinese?

 

. Dialogues about time in daily life:

 
     e.g.1:
     - 现在几点了(xiàn zài jǐdiǎn le)? 
     - 十点(shí diǎn)十分(shí (fēn)了(le).

     - What’s the time now?
     - Ten past ten.
     e.g.2:
     - 你什么时候起床的(nǐ shén me shí hòu qǐ chuáng de)?
     - 我(wǒ)早上(zǎo shang)七点(qī diǎn)起床(qǐ chuáng)的(de).

     - When did you get up?
     - I got up at seven o'clock in the morning.
 
Ⅱ. 中国古代时间的表达方法 (zhōng guó gǔ dài shí jiān de biǎo dá fāng fǎ)

     Expressions of Time in Ancient China
 
 
在(zài)中国(zhōng guó)古代(gǔ dài), 人们(rén men)用(yòng)时辰(shí chén)作为(zuò wéi)时间(shí jiān)单位(dān wèi).

一(yī gè)时辰(shí chén)等于(děng yú)现在(xiàn zài)的(de)两个(liǎng gè)小时(xiǎo shí).
 
In ancient China, people used "时辰(shí chén)" as the unit of time.

One “shi-chen” equals two hours.

 

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