Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Mandarin Chinese-- Lesson 25 (week days and months in Chinese)

Chinese Language Learning Program

Lesson 25 – week days and months in Chinese

Hello, everyone. It is so nice to see you again today. This is Baixue’s Chinese Language Learning Program. Last time, we learned directions in mandarin Chinese. Today, we are going to learn how to say week days and months in mandarin Chinese.

Before we start to learn week days and months in mandarin, we need to check the homework I gave to you last time.

 xīng  qí   yī         yī yuè fèn

Did you read them correctly? Good. Now we can start to learn weeks and months in mandarin. Saying week day and months in Chinese is very easy. Let’s see the text and see how easy it is.

xīng  qí   rì                                  xīng  qí   tiān
       (Sunday)                         (Sunday)

xīng  qí   yī                                  xīng  qí    sì
          (Monday)                      (Thursday)

xīng  qí  èr                                  xīng  qí  wǔ
         (Tuesday)                     (Friday)

xīng  qí  sān                                xīng  qí   liù
          (Wednesday)                (Saturday)

So, now you can see, when you say week day you just need to put number behind the words xīng  qí (week). For example, Monday, you only need to put yī (one) behind xīng qí(week)--- xīng qí yī; For Tuesday, you need to put èr (two) behind xīng qí(week)--- xīng qí èr. Use the same logic, you say Wednesday as xīng  qí sān; Thursday as xīng  qí sì, etc. Only Sunday is different, you say Sunday as xīng  qí  rì or xīng  qí  tiān. Some times we say xīng qí as zhōu (). For example, we say xīng qí yī as zhōu yī, xīng qí èr as zhōu èr, etc. But when we say xīng  qí  tiān (rì), we say zhōu rì not zhōu tiān.

yī  yuè fèn                             qī  yuè fèn
    (January)                  (July)

èr  yuè fèn                             bā  yuè fèn
      (February)               (August)

sān yuè fèn                           jiǔ  yuè fèn
       (March)                     (September)

sì  yuè  fèn                             shí  yuè fèn
      (April)                          (October)

wǔ yuè  fèn                             shí  yī  yuè fèn
       (May)                             (November)

liù  yuè fèn                              shí  èr  yuè fèn
       (June)                           (December)

Notice that when you say Month you only need to put number in front of the words yuè fèn (month). For example, whe you say January, you put one (yī) in front of yuè fèn (month)--- yī yuè fèn, so use the same logic to say February, you put two (èr) in front of yuè fèn--- sān yuè fèn, March, you put three (sān) in front of yuè fèn --- sān yuè fèn, etc. Pretty easy, right?

Homework for today.

Please read the following Chinese characters by using the Chinese pinyin you have learned. I will read them in our next class, so you can check if your pronunciation is correct.

hóng   huáng   lǜ

Ok, that is all for today. We will learn colors in Chinese in our next class.

xiè  xiè 

xià   cì   jiàn 

      ! (See you next time!)

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