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The Mandarin Calendar

Learning Dates in Mandarin Chinese

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The Mandarin Chinese calendar is relatively easy to learn. The days of the weeks are numbered 1 – 6, so once you’ve learned your Mandarin numbers, weekdays are a snap.

The same thing with months – all the months are numbered from 1 – 12, so once you’ve learned these numbers, you simply add the word for “month” and you have the complete Mandarin calendar under your belt.

Number Review

Audio files are marked with ►

1 ►
2 ►èr
3 ►sān
4 ►si
5 ►
6 ►liù
7 ►
8 ►
9 ►jiú
10 ►shí
11 ►shí-yī
12 ►shí-èr

Days

day
tiān


today
jīn tiān
今天

yesterday
zuó tiān
昨天

tomorrow
míng tiān
明天

Weeks

week
lǐ bài / ►xīng qī
禮拜 / 星期

this week
zhèi gè xīng qī
這個星期

last week
shàng gè xīng qī
上個星期

next week
xià gè xīng qī
下個星期

Months

month
yuè


this month
zhèi gè yuè
這個月

last month
shàng gè yuè
上個月

next month
xià gè yuè
下個月

Years

year
nián


this year
jīn nián
今年

last year
qù nián
去年

next year
míng nián
明年

Follow the link to the next page for days of the week; months; and example phrases.

When you feel you have mastered Mandarin Chinese dates, test your listening comprehension with our Mandarin Date Audio Quiz.

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