Mandarin Lesson 9: What Time?

I think it is time for us to learn numbers in Mandarin Chinese. We’ll also learn how we can ask the time from another person.

Previous Lesson: Lesson 8: Lunch, Purchase, and Hotel

How are you?

Can you speak Mandarin?

Where is Long Peace Street located?

Do you know where Long Peace Street is located?

Where is the Beijing restaurant located?

It’s located over there.

I would like to eat lunch now.

Would you like to eat lunch?

Would you like to eat lunch with me?

Along with me.

I would not like to eat lunch.

I would not like to.

To buy.

I would like to buy something.

When?

What would you like to buy?

Along with whom?

Along with you.

I would like to order two glasses of beers.

Two glasses of beers.

Would you like to drink some beer?

Would you like to drink tea or beer?

Or (used for questions)

Mandarin uses different words for “or” depending on whether you’re making a statement or asking a question.

I would like to order tea or beer.

Or (used for statements)

Would you like to drink something or eat something?

Or eat something?

I would like to drink something with you.

But, not here.

What would you like to do?

I would like to drink something or eat something.

I would like to go to your place to drink something.

Okay?

Okay. I too would like to drink something.

At what time?

1 o’clock.

“At” is understood.

1

9 o’clock.

9

I would like to drink tea.

Tea.

8

8 o’clock.

Is it at 8 o’clock?

No, it’s at 9 o’clock.

2

2 o’clock.

1 o’clock or 2 o’clock.

1 o’clock or 2 o’clock?

Okay. But I would like to go to the hotel to eat lunch.

8 o’clock or 9 o’clock?

At 2 o’clock, okay?

Okay, at the hotel.

Please let me ask.

Please let me ask. Where is the Beijing restaurant located?

I don’t know.

Would you like to drink something?

Would you like to drink something now?

How about you?

How about

No, thank you.

Now, not okay.

How about later?

Later, not okay.

At 1 o’clock, okay?

Not okay.

At 2 o’clock, okay?

Not okay, thank you. I would not like to drink at 2 o’clock.

I would not like to drink at 2 o’clock.

Would you like to drink something at 8 o’clock?

At 8 o’clock or at 9 o’clock?

Impossible.

When would you like to drink something?

I would not like to drink with you.

You would not like to drink with me.

But you would like to eat lunch with me.

You would not like to drink with me. But you would like to eat lunch with me.

At the restaurant.

When would you like to eat?

1 o’clock impossible. 2 o’clock impossible.

8 o’clock impossible. 9 o’clock impossible.

When would you like to eat something?

You don’t understand.

What don’t I understand?

You don’t understand what I’m saying.

Next lesson: Lesson 10: More time

This article was written by Zeddrix Fabian

Zeddrix Fabian became one of Jehovah’s Witnesses on February 21, 2016, and started regular pioneering last March 2020. His goal is to be able to volunteer at Bethel. After going to both private and public school for 10 years (Grade 1 to 8 in private; Grade 9 and 10 in public school), their family tried out homeschooling when he leveled up to Grade 11 last 2019. (Continue reading on the ABOUT ZEDD menu.)

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