The Mandarin Calendar

Learning Dates in Mandarin Chinese

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.

Weekdays

Monday
xīng qī yī
星期一

Tuesday
xīng qī èr
星期二

Wednesday
xīng qī sān
星期三

Thursday
xīng qī sì
星期四

Friday
xīng qī wǔ
星期五

Saturday
xīng qī liù
星期六

Sunday
lǐ bài rì / ►lǐ bài tiān / ►xīng qī rì / ►xīng qī tiān
禮拜日 / 禮拜天 /星期日 /星期天

Months of the Year

January
yī yuè
一月

February
èr yuè
二月

March
sān yuè
三月

April
sì yuè
四月

May
wǔ yuè
五月

June
liù yuè
六月

July
qī yuè
七月

August
bā yuè
八月

September
jiǔ yuè
九月

October
shí yuè
十月

November
shí yī yuè
十一月

December
shí èr yuè
十二月

What’s the Date?

What’s the date today?
Jīn tiān shì jī yuè jī hào?
今天是幾月幾號?

Which day of the week?
Lǐ bài jī?
禮拜幾?

Which day of the month?
Jī hào?
幾號?

What month is it?
Jī yuè?
幾月?

Practice Dates

What’s the date today?
Jīn tiān shì jī yuè jī hào?
今天是幾月幾號?

Today is May 10.
Jīn tiān shì wǔ yuè shí hào.
今天是五月十號。

Today is June 22.
Jīn tiān shì liù yuè èr shí èr hào.
今天是六月二十二號。

Today is December 24.
Shí èr yuè èr shí sì hào.
十二月二十四號。

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