Morning or Afternoon in Chinese?

Following on from telling the time in Chinese, we can combine time with the words for morning and afternoon.

Zăoshang – early morning

Shàngwŭ – morning

Zhōngwŭ – noon

Xiàwŭ – afternoon

Wănshang – evening

When saying when in Chinese, the sentence structure starts with descriptive word and time comes after, say in English it is 9 in the morning, in Chinese it is morning 9.

6:00am (zăoshang liù diǎn)

10:00am (shàngwŭ shí diǎn)

12:00 (zhōngwŭ shí’èr diǎn)

1:00pm (xiàwŭ yī diǎn)

2:00pm – again it is not èr (xiàwŭ liǎng diǎn)

8:00pm (wănshang bā diǎn)


Tell the time in Chinese:

7:00 a.m.

12:00 p.m.

5:00 p.m.

11:00 p.m.

Answers for reference:

zǎoshɑng qī diǎn

zhōngwǔ shí’èr diǎn

xiàwǔ wǔ diǎn

wǎnshɑng shíyīdiǎn

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