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Mandarin Lesson 36: 现在几点了? What time is it now?

现在 几 点 了? What time is it now?
Xinzi jĭ diăn le?
Now what dot finished?

现在 三 点。(Right now) It's three.
Xinzi sān diăn.
Now is three dot.

现在 三 点 半。(Right now) It's half past three.
Xinzi sān diăn bn.
Now is three dot half.

现在 六 点 四十 分。(Right now) It's six forty.
Xinzi li diăn s sh fēn.
Now is six dot four-ten minute.

现在 七 点 十 分。(Right now) It's seven ten.
Xinzi qī diăn sh fēn.
Now is four dot ten minute.

从 现在 起 我 讲 英语。From now on I will speak English.
Cng xinzi qĭ wŏ jiǎng Yīngyŭ.
From now rise I speak English-language.

现在 不 行。Now's not good.
Xinzi b xng.
Now not possible.

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CONVERSATION

A 你几点上班?
   Nǐ jǐ diǎn shngbān?
   What time do you start work?

B 我大约八点半上班。
   Wǒ dyuē bā diǎn bn shngbān.
   I start work at around 8:30.

A 你几点下班?
   Nǐ jǐ diǎn xibān.
   What time do you finish work?

B 一般下午五点。
   Ybān xiwǔ wǔ diǎn.
   Ordinarily at five o'clock in the afternoon.

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