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How to tell time. Can you answer the question what time is it in Japanese? In this lesson, you are going to learn how to tell time in Japanese. What time is it? いちじ。 (ichi-ji.) 1 o’ clock. Now, what time is it? にじ。 (ni-ji.) 2 o’ clock. Now can you figure out the rule? You just add じ (ji) to the number to tell the hour. Let’s look at the rest of the hours through じゅうにじ。 (jū ni-ji.) さんじ。 (san-ji.) よじ。 (yo-ji.) Please note that よじ (yo-ji) is not よんじ (yon-ji) ごじ。 (go-ji.) ろくじ。 (roku-ji.) しちじ。 (shichi-ji.) はちじ。 (hachi-ji.) くじ。 (ku-ji) 9 o’ clock also has the special pronunciation. It’s not きゅうじ (kyū-ji) it’s くじ (ku-ji) じゅうじ。 (jū-ji.) じゅういちじ。 (jū ichi-ji.) じゅうにじ。 (jū ni-ji.) let’s learn how to say minutes also. What time is it? いちじごふん。 (ichi-ji go-fun.) five past one. Now what time is it? いちじじゅうごふん。 (ichi-ji jū go-fun.) 1:15. Did you catch what I said after いちじ? (ichi-ji?) I said ごふん。 (go-fun.) and じゅうごふん。 (jū go-fun.) So to say minutes, just add ふん (fun) to the numbers. However after certain numbers, ふん (fun) changes to ぷん (pun) . Repeat after me. いっぷん。にふん。さんぷん。よんふん。ごふん。ろっぷん。ななふん。はっぷん。きゅうふん。じゅっぷん。 (I-ppun. Ni-fun. San-pun. Yon-fun. Go-fun. Ro-ppun. Nana-fun. Happun. Kyū-fun. Ju-ppun.) じゅうごふん。 (jū go-fun.) さんじゅっぷん。 (san-ju-ppun.) よんじゅうごふん。 (yon-jū go-fun.) Please be careful about the pronunciation of いっぷん、さんぷん、よんぷん、ろっぷん、はっぷん。 (i-ppun, san-pun, yon-pun, ro-ppun, ha-ppun.) じゅっぷん。 (ju-ppun.) and さんじゅっぷん。 (san-ju-ppun.) . Okay let’s practice. What time is it? さんじ。 (san-ji.) くじさんじゅっぷん。 (ku-ji san-ju-ppun.) にじよんじゅうごふん。 (ni-ji yon-jū go-fun.) Now it’s time for Hiroko’s hint. When we want to say half past, we usually use はん。 (han.) さんじはん。 (san-ji han.) ごじはん。 (go-ji han.) In the next lesson, we are going to learn months, days and days of the week. See you next time.

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Friday at 6:30 pm
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みなさん,

What time is it right now as you are reading this? 😀 Bonus points if you write it in kanji!

Kasumi
November 5th, 2017 at 12:29 am
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konnichiwa,
八時四十五分
is it correct? it’s 8:45 at the moment…

André
November 2nd, 2017 at 2:26 am
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Mina-san, konnichiwa!

gogo yo-ji ni-jū go-fun desu.

Also, for 7:00 can you say “nana-ji” instead of “shichi-ji”?

Jāmata!

October 1st, 2017 at 6:23 am
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Annaさん、
Thank you for posting!
If you were trying to say 9:35, you can say こんにちは、くじさんじゅうご分 です。

But good job,keep up the good study!
Cheers!

Sono
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Anna
September 15th, 2017 at 12:40 pm
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こんにちわ、くじさん五分 です。

May 8th, 2017 at 7:51 am
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Rafael さん、
Konnichiwa.
Yes, you can!

Glory さん、
こんにちは。
わかりました。
「じゅうじ」ですね。
You can interchangeably use はちふん or はっぷん.
That is people’s preference.

Bruno san,
Konnichiwa.
Yes, that is more accurate.
However, if it’s obvious, you omit gogo or gozen.
😄

Yuki 由紀
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Bruno
April 25th, 2017 at 1:14 am
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should be included “gogo” and “gozen”
and also “mae”

i think its important😄

glory
April 19th, 2017 at 3:53 pm
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ppun is eliminated as its common .

pls give us reason if it s correct

glory
April 19th, 2017 at 3:50 pm
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konnichiwa!!

its gozen ju-ji hunsanjuhachi fun

ごぜん じゅじ さんじゅう はち ふん.

Rafael
December 11th, 2016 at 6:54 am
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sorry, gogo shichi ji to jyukyuu ji

Rafael
December 11th, 2016 at 6:48 am
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Hello!
Konnichiwa!
Can I use time from 00:00 to 24:00?
Instead of saying “gogo ku ji”, say “jyuukyuu ji”.
Thanks!