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Using a clock to indicate direction

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ABRW

What is a good way to indicate an object's position as related to a ship using a clock to indicate direction?

I don't know any characters. The answer in pinyin would be very helpful.

 

For example: There are three whale at 2 o'clock.

You san tiao jingyu zai liang dian zhong you fang xiang.  Is that correct?

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roddy

That's a very interesting question, I have no idea if Chinese does this. Although even in English it's perhaps only familiar in aviation and nautical language? If anyone's unclear, it's this

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889

In English I sometimes use it to describe location, say, of a particular part of an inscription or design on the face of an object. Can't say I recall ever hearing it used in Chinese, though.

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roddy

Here's something in Chinese. Although what is going on with that image?

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Shelley

I always heard it in films about fighter pilots, bandits at 3 o'clock and similar.

I think when you have more than 2 dimensions as in the air, it might make more sense.

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Dandy Jiang

There are three whale at 2 o'clock.

liǎng diǎn zhōng fāng xiàng yǒu sān tiáo jīng yú。 OR   yǒu sān tiáo jīng yú zà iliǎng diǎn zhōng fāng xiàng 。

 

I've heard it from Chinese movies, usually said by soldiers or policemen. 

In Chinese, at × o'clock is “zài × diǎn zhōng fāng xiàng”。

 

 

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ABRW

Thanks for the answers.  I work as a guide on ships and very often we have Chinese guests.  The easiest and most accurate way of telling everyone where wildlife is is to say something like, "there are whales at two o'clock"

It will be a very useful phrase.

thanks again.

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