Chinese name: 今天
Pinyin: jīn tiān
English name: today
Characters: The first character 今 is an ideographic character. In oracle bones, it is a picture of a mouth facing downwards and it meant to mumble or to talk to oneself quietly. Now the character simply means now or this.
The second character 天 is also an ideographic character. Originally in oracle bones, it is a picture of a big person with sky above him. Now the character simply means sky or day.
A literal translation of 今天 in English is this day.