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Learn Chinese 10 : What time is it now?

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1.
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Xiànzài bā diǎnzhōng.
现在八点钟。
現在八點鐘。
It is eight o'clock now.
2.
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John dào gōngsī qù shàngbān.
John到公司去上班。
John 到公司去上班。
John is going to (his) company to work.
3.
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Tā měitiān bā diǎn chūmén.
他每天八点出门。
他每天八點出門。
He leaves home at eight every day.
4.
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Bā diǎn bàn dào gōngsī.
八点半到公司。
八點半到公司。
(He) arrives in the company at half past eight.
5.
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Shàngwǔ tā zài gōngsī gōngzuò.
上午他在办公室工作。
上午他在辦公室工作。
He works in (his) office in the morning.
6.
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Xiàwǔ tā gēn biéde gōngsī dǎ diànhuà, tán shēngyi.
下午他跟别的公司打电话﹐谈生意。
下午他跟別的公司打電話﹐談生意。
In the afternoon, he calls other companies and discusses business.
7.
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Tā wǔ diǎn xiàbān.
他五点下班。
他五點下班。
He finishes work at five o'clock.
8.
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Wǔ diǎn bàn tā líkāi bàngōngshì.
五点半他离开办公室。
五點半他離開辦公室。
At half past five, he leaves the office.
9.
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Liù diǎn huí dào jiā.
六点回到家。
六點回到家。
At six o'clock, he arrives home.
10.
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Tā měitiān dōu hěn máng.
他每天都很忙。
他每天都很忙。
He is very busy every day.
Notes
  • 8 o'clock: bā dian3zhōng or bā diǎn. 'zhōng' is optional.
  • 'dào' means 'to arrive'. It is both a verb and a preposition. It is a verb in 'dào bàngōngshī'. It is a preposition in 'huí dào jiā'. 'huí' literally means 'to return'.

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