Expression of Days & Dates

The time units from “big” to “small” are:

nián year
yuè month
日 / 号 rì / hào date
星期 / 礼拜 rì / hào day
上午, 下午, 晚上 shànɡwǔ, xiàwǔ, wǎnshɑnɡ morning, afternoon, night

The order of dates in Chinese is the opposite of that in English.

Year Month Date Day
èrlínɡyīsìnián wǔyuè jiǔrì xīnɡqīwǔ
二零一四年 五月 九日 星期五

Friday, May 9th, 2014

èrlínɡyīèrnián qīyuè shíhào xīnɡqī’èr
二零一二年 七月 十号 星期二

Tuesday, June 10th, 2012

Note:

1. Numbers always come before 年, 月 and 日/号, but after 星期.

2. In expressing dates and days, 二èr, not 两liǎnɡ is used.

3. In spoken Chinese, 日 is often placed by 号, and 星期 placed by 礼拜.

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