Monday, April 16, 2012

Day, Week, Month, Year

Last post we learned how to say different months in Chinese language. Now let’s go a step further, and learn how to say days, week and year as well.

天 (tiān): day
星期 (xīngqí): week
月 (yuè): month
年 (nián): year

So how do we say different days of the week? It’s very similar to saying different months; just add the number of the day after 星期 (xīngqí).

星期一 (xīngqí yī): Monday
星期二 (xīngqí èr): Tuesday
星期三 (xīngqí sān): Wednesday

But be careful, this formula applies to all days of the week but Sunday:

星期日 (xīngqírì): Sunday

And how do we say different days like yesterday, today and tomorrow?

昨天 (zuótiān): yesterday
今天 (jīntiān): today
明天 (míngtiān): tomorrow

Now let’s try the same thing with years:

去年(qùnián): last year
今年(jīnnián): this year
明年(míngnián): next year

Sunday, April 1, 2012

April Fool's Day

Today is April 1, also known as the April Fool’s Day. But no matter which day it is, we like to learn how to say it in Chinese language. So here is how we say April Fool’s Day in Chinese language:

愚人节 (Yúrén jié): April Fool’s Day
愚(yú): foolish, stupid
愚人(yúrén): fool

Another way to say stupid in Chinese language is

笨 (bèn): stupid

Or you can also say

笨蛋 (bèndàn): fool, idiot

Check out this post to learn how to say Why are you so stupid?

We learned how to say April Fool’s Day but how do we say April?

四月 (sì yuè): April
四 (sì): four
月 (yuè): month

As you can see it is pretty easy to say different months in Chinese language, you just need to learn how to count from 1 to 12. Learn how to count up to 10 in this blog post. And below are the remaining two:

十一 (shí yī): eleven
十二 (shí'èr): twelve