Translation:It is 9:09.
There's no "logical" answer to this but from what I understand in Japanese each number can be pronounced/said 2 waya depending on context. Like for example numer 4 can be "shi" when you are just counting, but it's "yon" when you say you want 4 pieces. I am hoping we will learn the rules of it eventually in later lessons.
It's historical and there isn't a rule to say when to use what. It's like to know the difference s between chief and chef in english, cartoon and carton, ward and guard, wheel, cycle and chakra, cave and cavern, clock, cloche, cloak and glockenspiel. Sometimes your only option is to memorize. It happens a lot when the same word is introduced twice in different times or when people stop saying a word for some reason.
I've ever heard a native japanese speaker saying "shichi ji" (he was about 21yo), I guess it is more "rebel", did you get it? Generally people think it may lure the death because it has a similar sound.
This teacher explains all of the different usages and why they exist. I found it rather helpful and interesting.
English is ridiculous.
Japanese seems difficult too, pronunciation wise. And then kanji aren't even phonetic. yikes. Plus, it's difficult to know rise and fall (or where the accent falls) within words and sentences.
Spanish, on the otherhand is super easy. Pronunciation and placement of accents within any word is straightforward, and consistent.
(I'm not talking conjugation - which has many exceptions, or gender which must also be memorized - just pronunciation of written words, and correct spelling of most words you hear).
Once you know the Spanish pronunciation and accent rules (a very short, easy list), you can ostensibly "read" anything in Spanish. Meaning you can correctly pronounce almost anything you see in print, whether or not you have any idea what it means!
The tougher languages have lots of rules, with lots exceptions, and little consistency amongst the rules.
Then it's pure memorization.
I thought the kanji wouldn't be too hard because I studied Chinese for a while and know a lot of them but it seems the Japanese just pronounce a lot of them however they want. Chinese is nice in that usually there's just one pronunciation (maybe a tone change variant but that's it). Thankfully the meaning is usually the same in both languages at least for the easy words.
Here's an explanation I found when researching the two different pronunciations for 7:
"よん is a 訓読み(kunyomi) reading of 4 and し is a 音読み(onyomi). なな is a kunyomi reading of 7 and しち is a onyomi.
To make a long story short kunyomi is a native Japanese pronunciation and onyomi are pronunciation that were derived from classical Chinese.
In the case of numbers shi and shichi (onyomi) is used when you are counting things. For example, ichi ni san shi go, ... It is also used in months, like 四月(shigatsu) and 七月(shichigatsu)
When you point out that you have 70 yen you say nana juu en. (In this case use kunyomi) Kunyomi is typically used in cases where you point out you have X of some item. Counting in kunyomi is very unnatural so you almost never hear people say ichi ni san yon go, ... but it is used when you count backwards.
These are just basic rules, there is one exception I can think of and that is people, sometimes you do hear 七人(shichi-nin) when you talk about people. However, as far as I know, it is very unnatural for people to use shi and shichi used when talking about large numbers in the 10's, 100's, etc so use the kunyomi (yon and nana) for that."
Japanese doesn't have a real "f" made with the teeth. "Fu" is just a funny spelling for Japanese "hu" of the kana line "ha, hi, 'fu,' he, ho." Whether it sounds a little bit like "f" or not depends on how close the lips are to each other. If you hear "hun" it has to be that phony "fun" with relaxed lips.
I said the same thing with the 七時七分です question, but having each 九 both pronounced く just makes it inconsistent.
It would make more sense to have one 九 with the く sound bite, and the other with the きゅう sound bite so people can better understand the uses and assemble answers consistent with the questions.