"It is 6:06."


June 11, 2017



So ji is hour while hun is minutes O.o

June 11, 2017


yeah I think that's about right except that 分 has some different readings based on the number that comes before it.

If it is 1 then it's いっぷん (ippun) .

Not sure why this is.

June 11, 2017


I believe it's for the sake of speaking. Ichi ji ichi fun is harder to say than ichi ji ippun

June 13, 2017


Wouldn't it be "ichi ji ichi ippun" ? Which is just as hard to say, if not harder.

July 3, 2017


Ichi (いち) is changed to i+double consonant (いっ), and then pun is added to the end. As bridget says, it's for easier pronounciation.

July 3, 2017


(Who is Bridget?)

July 11, 2017


Bridget is correct. It is that way for the sake of ease and flow of speech.

June 16, 2017


Who is bridget

July 1, 2017


Bridget Kraus is the user in the comments section who explained why "1 minute" in Japanese is pronounced as "ippun" instead of "ichi fun" for convenience during conversations.

August 7, 2017


So it's roppun right?

July 17, 2017


Yep. Just an irregular form we have to memorize. ろっぷん。

August 16, 2017


Japanese language has a lot of number counters for different situations like number of plates, number of animals and so on, and the best way to learn them is by memorizing them: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_counter_word

July 18, 2017


If your mouth hangs open/flattened at the vowel, it will be i.e. 一分(ippun)、六分(roppun), 八分(happun). If your mouth is open more vertically, it will be i.e. 二分(nifun), 五分(gofun). The only exception is 三分 which is said 三分(sanbun). Overall, when counting 3 tends to be the exception.

May 14, 2018


It is さんぷん (San-pun) when it is counting minutes.

March 3, 2019


Looks like some confusion with the counter 分(ふん). It is interesting because this can count three different things.

  1. To count minutes
  2. To count fractions
  3. To count percentages (10 percent incremental)

And the pronunciations are different when counting these different types!!!

The table for counting "minutes" - only uses ふん fun and ぷん pun (no ぶん bun)

  • いっぷん one minute
  • にふん two minutes
  • さんぷん three minutes
  • よんぷん four minutes
  • ごふん five minutes
  • ろっぷん six minutes
  • ななふん (do not say しちふん) seven minutes
  • はっぷん eight minutes
  • きゅうふん nine minutes
  • じゅっぷん ten minutes
  • ひゃっぷん one hundred minutes
  • せんぷん one thousand minutes
  • いちまんぷん ten thousand minutes

The table for counting "fractions" - always ぶん bun

  • にぶんのいち (二分の一)half
  • さんぶんのいち one-third
  • よんぶんのいち quarter
  • ごぶんのいち one-fifth
  • ろくぶんのいち one-sixth
  • しち/ななぶんのいち one-seventh
  • はちぶんのいち one-eighth
  • きゅうぶんのいち one-nineth
  • じゅうぶんのいち one-tenth
  • ひゃくぶんのいち one-hundredth
  • せんぶんのいち one-thousandth
  • いちまんぶんのいち one out of ten thousand (I don't know how to say this in English :-) )

The table for counting "percentages" (10 percent incremental) - always ぶ

  • いちぶ 10 percent
  • にぶ 20 percent
  • さんぶ 30 percent
  • よんぶ 40 percent
  • ごぶ 50 percent
  • ろくぶ 60 percent
  • しち/ななぶ 70 percent
  • はちぶ 80 percent
  • く/きゅうぶ 90 percent
  • じゅうぶん 100 percent (don't ask me why)
March 3, 2019



January 28, 2018


I am so confused about the way she s pronouncing 分... as hiragana it is written as ふん but she s reading it as a ぷん or even "hun" which my japanese keyboard also writes as ふん so what is right now?

April 11, 2018


The Japanese character ふ is a mix between an airy F and H sound.

The way I was introduced to the pronunciation is a little silly, but it might help you. Try pretending to blow out candles on a Birthday cake, without your teeth touching the bottom of your lips. The actual ふ sound is similar to that.

However, it's always best to listen to native speakers pronounce it and then try to mimic the sound yourself.

May 22, 2018


Do I need the です?

January 17, 2019


If you do not write です, you need a だ at the end instead.

March 3, 2019
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