- In Chinese, names for days of the week are based on a simple numerical sequence.
- The word for ‘week’ is followed by a number indicating the day: ‘Monday’ is literally ‘week one’, ‘Tuesday’ is ‘week two’, etc.
|Monday||星期一||xīng qī yī|
|Tuesday||星期二||xīng qī èr|
|Wednesday||星期三||xīng qī sān|
|Thursday||星期四||xīng qī sì|
|Friday||星期五||xīng qī wǔ|
|Saturday||星期六||xīng qī liù|
|Sunday||星期日||xīng qī rì|
|星期天||xīng qī tiān|
- 星期(xīng qī) means week.
- A week is a 星期, literally a “star period”.
- Sunday is slightly different, giving us two choices: 星期日 and 星期天.
- There are two other ways to express weeks and days, they are 周(zhōu) and 礼拜(lǐ bài). Both of these have the day number appended in the same way as for 星期.
- For weekend, we say 周末 (zhōu mò).
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