How to Express Time in Chinese

In Chinese, time is expressed in the order of “hour-minute”. When the minute is over ten, then “分” can be omitted.

 

Integral point

3:00  三点

5:00  五点

 

Hour – minutes

4:05  四点0五(分)

7:10  七点十分

9:35  九点三十五(分)

 

Quarter (1 quarter = 15 mins)

1:15

一点十五(分)

一点一刻

3:15

三点十五(分)

三点一刻

 

Half hour  (half hour = 30 mins)

2:30

两点三十(分)

两点半

11:30

十一点三十(分)

十一点半

 

Another way to express time  (差chà)

12:50

12点五十(分)

差十分一点 (10 to 1 o`clock)

 

6:45

六点四十五(分)

差十五分七点 (15 mins to 7 o`clock)

差一刻七点 (a quarter to 7 o`clock)