The Chinese word 迟到 means “to be late” or “to arrive late”. It is commonly used in various contexts to describe a situation where someone fails to arrive on time, such as being late for a meeting, class, or appointment. In Chinese culture, punctuality is highly valued, and being late is often seen as a sign of disrespect. Therefore, it is important to apologize when you are late and try to make up for any inconvenience caused by your tardiness.
Verb: to be late
|我今天早上迟到了十分钟||wǒ jīntiān zǎoshang chídào le shí fēnzhōng||I was ten minutes late this morning|
|他因为交通拥堵而迟到了||tā yīnwèi jiāotōng yōngdǔ ér chídào le||He was late due to traffic congestion|
|她总是迟到，让别人等她很久||tā zǒng shì chídào, ràng biérén děng tā hěn jiǔ||She is always late, making others wait for her for a long time|
|昨天我因为睡过头而迟到了||zuótiān wǒ yīnwèi shuì guòtóu ér chídào le||I was late yesterday because I overslept|
|这个学生经常迟到，老师很生气||zhège xuéshēng jīngcháng chídào, lǎoshī hěn shēngqì||This student is often late, and the teacher is very angry|
|我们不能允许员工迟到||wǒmen bùnéng yǔnxǔ yuángōng chídào||We cannot allow employees to be late|
|这个会议的开始时间是准时的，请不要迟到||zhège huìyì de kāishǐ shíjiān shì zhǔnshí de, qǐng bùyào chídào||The start time of this meeting is punctual, please do not be late|
迟到 is part of HSK Level 3 in HSK 2.0. In the newer HSK 3.0 it is part of HSK Level 4.