半天

MandarinEdit

simpl. and trad.

PronunciationEdit

Mandarin (Standard Chinese, Beijing)
Pinyin bàntiān
Zhuyin ㄅㄢˋ ㄊㄧㄢ
IPA (key) /pa̠n⁵¹ tʰi̯ɛn⁵⁵/
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Mandarin (Standard Chinese, Beijing, erhua-ed)
Pinyin bàntiānr
Zhuyin ㄅㄢˋ ㄊㄧㄢㄦ
IPA (key) /pa̠n⁵¹ tʰjɑɻ⁵⁵/

NounEdit

半天 (traditional and simplified, Pinyin bàntiān)

  1. (Beginning Mandarin) half of the day
  2. (Beginning Mandarin) a long time; quite a while; for a while

Derived termsEdit

  • 上半天
  • 下半天

See alsoEdit

  • (Min Nan) 半工 (pòaⁿ-kang)
  • (Min Nan) 半日 (pòaⁿ-ji̍t)

Min NanEdit

simpl. and trad.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): [ puã˥˧tʰĩ˥˥ ]

NounEdit

半天 (traditional and simplified, POJ pòaⁿ-thiⁿ)

  1. half of the day

Usage notesEdit

  • This term is far less commonly used in Min Nan than in Mandarin. In Min Nan, 半工 (pòaⁿ-kang) or 半日 (pòaⁿ-ji̍t) are by far the more preferred terms for everyday speech.

ReferencesEdit

  • "半天" (in Taiwanese/English), On-line Taiwanese/Mandarin Dictionary (台文/華文線頂辭典). URL accessed on 2011-01-30.
Last modified on 8 April 2014, at 08:40