"It's a quarter to five now."

Translation:现在差一刻五点。

November 16, 2017

17 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jauntyangle

I question the reason this is included in the course. I'm in mainland Chinese and I'm not sure I've ever heard a person use this.

November 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EATandNAP

Yeah, it's definitely a regional thing. Mostly a northern usage. Usually when I do use it, I use it as 五點差一刻。

November 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BDSGEA

Me too! It marked this as wrong and I am a native speaker... Marking for future users.

December 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Celticfiddleguy

五点差一刻 is accepted now!

November 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/davidd1235

It was in one of my textbooks from years ago. My Chinese is pretty decent, but people did find it weird when i said it while living in Guangzhou and Kunming. The textbook was written in Beijing.

December 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RitaNg2

You textbook is a bit too old.

February 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TimChang9

I agree, this definitely feels like a regional thing?

November 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TimChang9

I agree, this definitely feels like a regional thing?

November 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aevxlo

I agree, there's something unnatural about the translation. I haven't heard it before either.

November 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Letranger

Why is it "九点差一刻"but "现在差一刻五点"?

November 21, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ricky._.turner

You can put the numbers before or after the cha yi ke

January 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EATandNAP

現在五點差一刻 would be a more natural usage to people who do use it. Southerners simply say 現在是四點四十五。

November 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RikaSigma

I've never heard anyone use 一刻 to refer to this before in my life (lived in Hong Kong all my life). That being said almost no one uses the English equivalent either.

November 23, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BDSGEA

I use 一刻 in mainland for 'quarter of an hour'. Very common (:

December 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ricky._.turner

Where in mainland China?

January 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaxMorris19

I lived in Inner Mongolia, Jiangsu and Guangdong and I don't recall it being used much/at all.

August 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/turicus7

What about 现在四点三刻?

January 7, 2018
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