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  • izupenrob 3:42 am on October 29, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    何時(nanji) = Whattime (and not “what time”) 

    The word for asking “what time” is 何時(なんじ、nanji)。

    But people usually confuse this with the word “time” which is 時間(じかん、ikan)

    This is because you have phrases like、

    今日の ご飯の 準備の 時間は 何時 ですか?
    kyou-no gohan-no jyunbi-no jikan-wa nanji desuka?

    But actually you can simply the sentence by omitting the word “time” or 時間(じかん、jikan)

    今日の ご飯の 準備    は 何時 ですか?
    kyou-no gohan-no jyunbi wa nanji desuka?

    You see the difference? This understanding actually comes from the fact that in english (and other latin languages) the word “time” is classified or modified by the word “what”, becoming a ‘phrase’ of “what time”. However in japanese, as you can combine two or more kanji characters to make a new word, the word “何時(なんじ、nanji) sounds like ‘one word’ to an foreign ear. Therefore, when you compare it to a language like english where you would ‘modify’ the word “time” with the word “what” to create a ‘phrase’ called ‘what time’ or in literal japanese “time of what”

    Another way to think is to treat the japanese 何(なん、nan *note that 何 alone is pronounced なに、nani) like prefixes in Englsih. It’s also a sign that where it is pronounced like 何(なん,nan) instead of 何(なに、nani), it will work much like a prefix in a word “what-time”, thus therefore, as the title of this post says “whattime”…

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  • izupenrob 11:19 pm on July 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    時期(じき) timing (in relativity to an time frame, such as “life” “eternity””during adolesence”) 

    時期(じき) timing (in relativity to an time frame, such as “life” “eternity””during adolesence”)

     
  • izupenrob 12:45 pm on July 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Months, Duration of months 

    1月(いちがつ) January
    2月(にがつ) Feburary
    3月(さんがつ) March
    4月(よんがつ)April
    ….

    1カ月間(かげつ かん) for duration of 1 month
    2カ月間(かげつ かん) for duration of 2 months
    3カ月間(かげつ かん) for duration of 3 months

     
  • izupenrob 4:21 am on May 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Converstaion, Time   

    How do I say “just now” or “just a moment ago?” 

    たった、今(いま) just now
    さっき just a moment ago

    You can use these phrases at the very beginning of your sentences.

    ex.
     たった今、起きました。
     I just woke up now.

     たった今、終わりました。
     I just finished now.

    ex.
     さっき、起きました。
     I woke up just a moment ago.
     
     さっき、終わりました。
     I finished just a moment ago.

     
  • izupenrob 4:17 am on May 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    たった、今 just now

    さっき just a moment ago

    時間があるとき when I have free time

    時間を過ごす spend time

     
  • izupenrob 5:27 am on April 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Quantity, Time   

    Time frame 

    Time frame
    Put these partiicle on the das of the week
     から from/to
     まで until
     に at/on

    1から2
    3時間から5時間
    東京(とうきょう)から香港(ほんこん)まで

     
  • izupenrob 12:29 pm on April 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    まで・から Until/From 

    まで until
    から from

    いつまで until when
    いつから from when

    7月(がつ)まで until July
    7月(がつ)から from July

     
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