If someone say 马上, how long will it take?

2 min? 10 min?

马上,汉语词汇,拼音是mǎ shàng,意思是立即。作时间副词,表示时间很短的意思。


  • 1
    It's probably like "real quick" in English. No specific time period.
    – dan
    Sep 10, 2021 at 2:34
  • 2
    "Right away", "just a minute"...
    – r13
    Sep 10, 2021 at 3:30
  • 1
    For some people, especially bureaucrats, it could be days.
    – joehua
    Sep 11, 2021 at 6:13

4 Answers 4


It is like "in a sec" in English.

It depends on the speaker, sometimes it's few minutes but like if you are waiting for your girlfriend to put on her makeup, 马上 may mean an hour.

  • Could be longer. My friend called his newly met girlfriend and got "马上" as the answer. As it turned out, she never showed - never in his lifetime :)
    – r13
    Sep 10, 2021 at 23:36

马上 means immediately.

But just like in English, it really depends on who you're talking to.


As long as immediately in English ;)


Another perspective: which one is more sooner? 即刻,馬上。I would say 即刻.

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