How do I write the date in Chinese?

September 20, 2009, 08:31 AM posted in General Discussion

I know the words... 日,周,月,年... but what order does everything go in? Here is my attempt: 周五,日十八,月九,年二千令九


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September 20, 2009, 10:02 AM

The year has to come first written like this: 二零零八年。

Then the month: 九月

Finally 二十号。


It's quite common to just use digits for the year.

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September 20, 2009, 02:41 PM

In addition to also being able to use digits for the date, such as:  2009年9月20号 (or 2009年9月20日) as Tal said, if using Chinese characters, 0 can be written as 零 as tal used, or, easier on the eyes, you can type the Chinese "0" -- 〇 -- which you can find whe using Pinyin to type Chinese in most input locales as "líng" as well: 二〇〇九年 

(in MS-Pinyin, it usually is in the 3rd page of "ling" results, until you use it a few times, it moves up to the top)


Curious to know from EFL/ESL learners here: Are numbers/dates this hard in English??! 

Seems to be so many more variations and things to know in Chinese.   I can only think that in formal writing, it is sometimes hard to know when to write the number out ("ten") and when to use digits ("10")... anything else?


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September 20, 2009, 03:54 PM

Thanks guys! I knew the year, and really all the numbers could be written in digits, but wanted to make sure of how to write them in characters, too. So thanks for correcting that part as well.

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September 20, 2009, 04:16 PM



and then:day


like this:今天是2009年9月21号星期一


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