Translation:It is 4:04.
Can someone explain why it's pronounced "yoji yonpun desu" as opposed to "yonji yonfun desu"? Is there a pattern to know when to change pronounciation?
2, 5, 7, 9 uses the fun pronunciation while the others take pun. As far as I understand, there really isn't too much around it other than commiting it to memory... there could be a rule that I just didn't know of though...
The right pronunciation is "yonpun" but in daily life people say "yonfun" as well so you could say they are interchangeable.
I think, there's a rule for it. For example, hana = a flower, but h-sound changes to b-sound in "ikebana", or the word Japan can sound either Nihon or Nippon
Is it just me, or everybody replies about "yonpun", but the question is about "yoji"?
Now that you mention it... I didn't realize, it kind of sounds like よじ(YOJI) instead of よんじ（YONJI）
Now that I look at it, the question is also about yonpun vs yonfun.
Regarding yoji, I searched around, and here's what I've found. One of the ways to pronounce the kanji is よ (yo):
Correct, four can be pronounced as 'yon', 'yo' or shi. But when used for hours it is always 'yoji'. Nine o'clock is also 'kuji' instead of 'kyuji'.
I wrote "It is 4:04 o'clock" but it said it was wrong. Is o'clock not included when there are minutes?
English is my third language, but I believe you can say "o'clock" only when you're talking about full hour. So, you can say "It's four o'clock" when it's exactly 4:00 or when you have 4:04, then you say "It's four oh four".
Correct, many native English speakers make this mistake, however "o'clock" technically refers to the hour itself.
No one would say it these days, but what we're really saying in English is that "Now is the fourth hour of the clock."
You missed the minutes. Now is the fourth minute of the fourth hour of the clock.
In アメリカ, we're a little more varied. I have regularly added o'clock regardless of the time. Sometimes just 4:04, sometimes 4:04 o'clock, sometimes 4:04 pm or am, sometimes 4:04 pm or am o'clock. More recently, it's too much work to remember before or after noon and I have been using 24 hour time: 0404 or 1604 hours.
Yes. O'clock is not used when there are minutes involved. You can have five o'clock or 5:00, but not five forty five o'clock or 5:45. You would read this as only five forty five, so the o'clock isn't necessary. Hope this helps.
I am a native English speaker from NZ, living in Australia. We commonly say how many minutes 'past' the hour until you reach the half hour. Then it is common to say how many minutes 'to' the hour for times after the half hour. E.g. 4:15 we'd say "quarter past four", 4:30 we'd say "half past four", and 4:45 we would say "quarter to five".
I think ん will "harden" syllables following it, so the softer ふん sounds like ぷん. But, I don't know the rule on what changes the pronunciation or why, because 一分 is pronounced いっぷん instead of いちふん.