Mandarin Lesson 36 现在下班了吗？ Have you finished work now?
现在 是 四 点。 (Right now) It's four.
现在 是 四 点 二十五 分。 (Right now) It's four twenty-five.
郑 先生 现在不 在 家。 Mr. Zheng is not at home now.
现在 下班 了 吗？ Have (you) finished work now?
现在 是 六 点 二十五 分。 Right now it's six twenty-five.
现在 是 六 点 半。 (Right now) It's six thirty.
现在 是 九 点 。 (Right now) It's nine.
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|Mandarin is a tone language--that is, different pitch patterns actually distinguish one word from another. Mandarin has no irregular verbs or noun plurals to learn, because words have only a single form. Because Mandarin is completely unrelated to any European language, you may think it might be difficult to develop your vocabulary. However, it really is not that difficult. Why? The reason is that the meanings of many words consisting of two or more characters can be inferred from the meanings of the characters or even the roots of individual characters. So, your vocabulary can rapidly expand when you have grasped the basic characters and character roots.|