时候 shíhou: Meaning and Pronunciation / HSK 1

时候 (shíhou) English Meaning

  • time
  • length of time
  • moment
  • period

Traditional Characters: 時候

Sample Sentences

  • 现在正是好时候。
    Xiànzài zhèng shì hǎo shíhòu.
    The present time is a good time.
  • 是时候洗个澡了。
    Shì shíhòu xǐ gè zǎole.
    It’s time to take a bath.
  • 已经是时候回去了。
    Yǐjīng shì shíhòu huíqùle.
    It’s already time to go home.
  • 我在闲暇时候写诗。
    Wǒ zài xiánxiá shíhòu xiě shī.
    I write poems in my free time.
  • 你乘的班机什么时候到?
    Nǐ chéng de bānjī shénme shíhòu dào?
    What time does your flight get in?
  • 我觉得你是时候该懂事了。
    Wǒ juédé nǐ shì shíhòu gāi dǒngshìle.
    I think it’s time for you to grow up.

Stroke Order & Character Components

时 (shí): o'clock; time; when; hour; season; period

  • (rì): sun
  • (cùn): thumb

候 (hòu): to wait; to inquire after; to watch; season; climate; (old) period of five days

  • 亻 (rén): man
  • 丨 (gǔn): line
  • 矢 (shǐ): arrow
  • 侯 (hóu): Marquis, second of the five orders of ancient Chinese nobility 五等爵位 (wǔ děng jué wèi); nobleman or high official
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