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      EP15 时间 Time

      How to ask time in Chinese

      Express different time of the Day

      Part I Chinese 101

      Dialogue:

      A:你什么时间上班?

      nǐ shí me shí jiān shàng bān

      What time do you go to work?

      B:早上9点半。

      zǎo shàng jiǔ diǎn bàn. 

      9:30 in the morning

      A:几点下班?

      jǐ diǎn xià bān

      When do you leave your office?

      B:下午5点30分。

      xià wǔ wǔ diǎn sān shí fēn

      5:30 in the afternoon.

      Words & Expressions:

      【时间】shí jiān: Time

      北京时间Beijing Time

      【点】diǎn: point; dot; spot; place

      【早】zǎo:early; morning

      【午】wǔ: noon

      【上】shàng: up, go, upon; previous; superior; preceding

      【下】xià: off, down, under; next;

      【班】bān: duty; class

      上班shang ban: go to work

      下班xia ban: get off from work

      * Here“上”and“下”are using as verbs.“上”means go,“下”means off

      【半】bàn: half

      * 半点ban dian: half o’ clock

      4:30 四点半si dian ban: half past 4

      * 一刻钟yi ke zhong: a quarter of time

      3:15 三点一刻 san dian yi ke:a quarter past 3.

      【分】fēn: separate; minute

      Part II Language Tips

      • How to ask time in Chinese

      • Express different time of the Day

      Part III Story of The Day

      EP15 时间 Time

      朝三暮四

      zhāo sān mù sì

      To change one's mind frequently

      Chinese people used the phrase 朝三暮四 to illustrate the idea that the wise are good at tricks and the foolish are easily taken in. Nowadays this idiom is used for someone who changes his mind easily.

      Literal meaning: have three acorns in the morning and four in the evening

      Explanation: the wise are good at tricks and the foolish are easily taken in; to change one's mind frequently.

      E.g

      他今天说想当钢琴家,明天又说想当足球运动员; 他这样朝三暮四下去,最终只会一事无成.

      tā jīn tiān shuō xiǎng dāng gāng qín jiā ,míng tiān yòu shuō xiǎng dāng zú qiú yùn dòng yuán ; tā zhè yàng zhāo sān mù sì xià qù ,zuì zhōng zhī huì yī shì wú chéng .

      One day he said he wants to be a pianist, the other day he said he wants to be a football player; if he keeps changing his mind frequently like this, he will ultimately achieve nothing.

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