Japanese Vocabulary: How To Tell The Time In Japanese

Written byIchika Yamamoto

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Time in Japanese

Time-(時間)-(じかん)-( Jikan )

Time Elements
EnglishKanjiHiragana/ KatakanaRomaji
Hour時 間じかんJikan
half past ...はん... Han
Afternoon午 後ごごGogo
p.m午 後ごごGogo
a.m午 前ごぜんGozen

What time is it? -(今何時ですか?)- (なんじかんですか)-(Nan-jikan desuka)

3:00三 時さん じSan Ji
4:00四 時よん じYon Ji
1:001時いち じIchi Ji
6:006時ろく じRoku Ji
2:30二時 半に じ はんNi Ji Han
1:15一時 十五分いち じ じゅうご ふんIchi Ji Jūgo Fun
7:257時 25分しち じ にじゅうご ふんShichi Ji Nijūgo Fun
2:262時 26分に じ にじゅうろっぷんNi Ji Nijūroppun
3:383時 38分3-じ 38-ふん3-Ji 38-Fun
9:272時 27分9-じ 27-ふん9-Ji 27-Fun

NOTE: When you read numbers there is a rule with the final number in the minutes. If the number finish in ... at last you have to say ....

1 - ippun6 - roppun
2 - ni fun7 - shichi fun
3 - san pun8 - happun
4 - yon pun9 - ku fun
5 - go fun10 - juppun


  • It's seven o'clock.

  • それは七時です。

  • Sore wa nana-jidesu.

  • It's quarter to two.

  • これは、二四半期です。

  • Kore wa, ni shihankidesu.

  • It's twenty past six.

  • その六時二十。

  • Sono roku-ji ni jū.

  • it's twelve o'clock

  • それは十二時だ

  • Sore wa jū ni-jida

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