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How to read the special date in Chinese

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Example 1

August 19, 1986

1986年8月19日

about the year 1986,

the Chinese don’t read nineteen eighty-six like the Westerner,

just read the numbers in Chinese one by one as:

1(Yī) - 9(Jiǔ) - 8(Bā) - 6(Liù)

plus 年(Nián, year) at the end of the whole number 1986

1

9

Jiǔ

8

6

Liù

年(year)

Nián

the month August 8月 is the eighth month of the year,

in modern Chinese writing, August is just written as 8月,

that is 8(Bā) + 月(Yuè, month)

8

月(month)

Yuè

the 19th day is just written as 19日, that is

19(Shí-jiǔ) + 日(Rì, day) in modern Chinese

19

Shí-jiǔ

日(day)

the pronunciation of each character is as follow

August 19, 1986
1

9

Jiǔ

8

6

Liù

Nián

8

Yuè

19

Shí-jiǔ

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Example 2

April 1, 2008

2008年4月1日

The modern Chinese writing use 0 as zero, not the character 零(Líng),

the pronunciation for zero is still the same Líng,

thus the year 2008 in modern Chinese is just read the whole number

2(Èr) - 0(Líng) - 0(Líng) - 8(Bā)

plus 年(Nián, year) at the end of the whole number 2008

2

Èr

0

Líng

0

Líng

8

年(year)

Nián

the month April 4月 is the fourth month of the year,

in modern Chinese writing,

April is just written as 4月,

that is 4(Sì) + 月(Yuè, month)

4

月(month)

Yuè

the 1st day is just written as 1日,

that is 1(Yī) + 日(Rì, day) in modern Chinese

1

日(day)

the pronunciation of each character is as follow

April 1, 2008
2

Èr

0

Líng

0

Líng

8

Nián

4

Yuè

1

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Example 3

July 29, 2018

2018年7月29日

The year 2018 in modern Chinese just read as the whole number

2(Èr) - 0(Líng) - 1(Yī ) - 8(Bā)

plus 年(Nián, year) at the end of the whole number 2018

2

Èr

0

Líng

1

8

年(year)

Nián

the month July 7月 is the seventh month of the year,

in modern Chinese writing, July is just written as 7月,

that is 7(Qī) + 月(Yuè, month)

7

月(month)

Yuè

the 29th day is just written as 29日, that is

29(Èr-shí-jiǔ) + 日(Rì, day) in modern Chinese

29

Èr-shí-jiǔ

日(day)

the pronunciation of each character is as follow

April 1, 2008
2

Èr

0

Líng

1

8

Nián

7

Yuè

29

Èr-shí-jiǔ

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related page:

Learn to count Chinese numbers from 0 to 100

Chinese 12 months, from January to December


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