Mandarin Vocabulary: Days of the Week

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The basics

Most of the Chinese days of the week are numbered. Monday to Saturday are made up of the word 星期 xīng qī (day of the week) + numbers 1 – 6.

 Sunday is the exception, being 星期xīngqī+天tiān(sky) or 日rì (sun).

 To ask what day it is, you literally ask:  “Today is which number of the week?”

“今天星期几?” =  jīn tiān xīng qī jǐ ? = What day is it today?

Expressions of time do not need additional prepositions such as on or in.

For example, the phrase on Mondays is expressed in Chinese as simply 星期一 xīng qī yī :

我星期一打篮球。 wǒ xīng qī yī dǎ lán qiú 。I play basketball on Mondays.

她通常星期四下午游泳。 tā tōng cháng xīng qī sì xià wǔ yóu yǒng 。 She usually swims on Thursday afternoons.

Make a sentence in the comments below to say which day it is today!

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