Time adverbs, which help to indicate the exact timing of events, are a fundamental aspect of the Mandarin language. They are crucial for the accurate communication and understanding of temporal concepts by non-native speakers. In this post, a handful of the most common time adverbs in Mandarin will be discussed.
- 现在 (xiàn zài): now
- 今天 (jīn tiān): today
- 这会儿 (zhè huìr): right now, this moment
- 现今(xiànjīn): present
- 昨天 (zuó tiān): yesterday
- 刚刚 (gāng gāng) &刚才 (gāng cái): just a moment ago
- 前天 (qián tiān): the day before yesterday
- 上个月 (shàng gè yuè): last month
- 去年 (qù nián): last year
- 以前 (yǐ qián): before, in the past
- 明天 (míng tiān): tomorrow
- 后天 (hòu tiān): the day after tomorrow
- 下个月 (xià gè yuè): next month
- 明年 (míng nián): next year
- 将来 (jiāng lái): in the future
- 每天 (měi tiān): every day
- 有时 (yǒu shí): sometimes
- 通常 (tōng cháng): usually, normally
- 常常 (cháng cháng): often
- 从不 (cóng bù): never
- 总是 (zǒng shì): always
- 一会儿 (yī huǐr): a while, a moment
- 全天 (quán tiān): all day
- 终日 (zhōng rì): all day long, the whole day
- 一生 (yī shēng): all one’s life, lifetime
- 一直 (yī zhí): continuously, straight
- 先 (xiān): first
- 然后 (rán hòu): then
- 最后 (zuì hòu): finally, at last
- 以后 (yǐ hòu): after, later
- 之前 (zhī qián): before
- 午夜 (wǔ yè): midnight
- 清晨 (qīng chén): early morning
- 中午 (zhōng wǔ): noon
- 下午 (xià wǔ): afternoon
- 晚上 (wǎn shàng): evening, night
By becoming familiar with these adverbs and expanding your vocabulary, you can effectively communicate time-related ideas in Chinese. Keep in mind that practice is crucial. Try to utilize these terms in sentences to aid in comprehension.
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