"It is nine o'clock."
Then why did they teach us inn this lesson that it was pronounced "ku". What a waste! Better if they taught us it was pronounced "kyu", then we see tat IF Followed by "ji" it would be pronounced "ku". That would be proper, maker more sense, adds follow the same pattern as with "ichi ji" changing to "ii ji". THAT gives us a petty to go by, some level of consistency to follow, And sounds like is more accurate. (Based on your comment, anyway, which I'm assuming to be true).
Thanks for your answer!
I didn't do the whole course from the beginning, because I already have some knowledge in Japanese, but I would hope they started off by teaching the "standard" numbers in a previous lesson (いち、に、さん、よん、ご、ろく、なな、はち、きゅう、じゅう) and just now demonstrated the exceptions for time telling.
I must admit that this is why I love Rosetta Stone - there's no translations, just images that make this kind of things very clear and exercises that let you train the small differences until you really get it.
I'm not sure if いいじ is a thing - I've never seen it ;)
Maybe you just used it as an example. Or maybe you were referring to よん becoming よ時 :)
Reaaaly late, but the reason why, is that there are a few ways to pronounce the numbers depending on if they are being used with original Japanese kanji, Chinese hanzi turned kanji, or loan words (usually, english loan words). Usually. When it comes to counters, there are many exceptions, but this is a general rule of thumb, that can also be applied to alot of kanji.
Kyuu is Japanese, ku is Chinese. 時 is directly taken from Chinese hanzi.
I'm also confused by this. I read another comment saying です is usually ommited when it comes to time but I got it wrong when I did. Can anyone clear this up? Should we or should we not use です
Desu is a formal/polite way to speak. You should always use desu, but it annoys me a lot that it's flagged as an error, because it really is not, you can choose not to talk politely between friends and family. This is why Japanese people stereotype foreigners for speaking too politely