How to tell time in Mandarin Chinese (Infographic)


How to tell time in Mandarin Chinese (Infographic)

Telling time in Mandarin Chinese is a bit different than doing so in English. The AM/PM (上午 shàng wǔ / 下午 xià wǔ) concepts still translate over, but in spoken chinese more specific time words are often preferred when referring to certain times of the day.

For example, very few people will say 3AM (上午三點 shàng wǔ sān diǎn) and instead prefer to say something like 3 o’ clock very late at night (深夜三點 shēn yè sān diǎn) or 3 o’ clock very early in the morning (凌晨三點 líng chén sān diǎn).

This may sound a bit confusing, but it becomes a lot clearer when represented visually. So, I decided to put together my first-ever infographic* to do just that!

How to tell time in Mandarin Chinese (Infographic) (click)

* I’m not sure this actually counts as an infographic because it’s a lot more interactive than most

Please have a look, click around and share if you like it! And of course, feel free to leave me a comment below to let me know what you think!

P.S. If this is well received, I plan to take on building similar infographics to visual represent other potentially-confusing or hard-to-describe Mandarin Chinese concepts 🙂




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