How do I get the kanji for "o'clock" when I'm typing on my keyboard?

Hey! I've been using IME to type out everything when I do Duolingo on my PC, but I can't seem to figure out how to get the kanji for "o'clock" to come out. If I'm correct you would just say, for instance, "rokuji" for six o'clock, but when I type it out in hiragana it doesn't give me an option to autocorrect it to the kanji version. Also if I were to just leave "ろくじ” it counts as incorrect. Also I should add that sometimes it works and some times it doesn't, maybe depending on which number I'm typing beforehand? Any help would be appreciated, thanks!


  • 25
  • 6
  • 4
  • 568

If you type just the six letters "rokuji" and then press the space bar, the first thing it will convert to should be either "六時" or "6時". If for some reason it doesn't though, simply press the space bar a second time to see more conversions to choose from.

Are you using Microsoft's Japanese IME, Google Japanese Input, or something else?


Oh, I never tried just pressing space bar, I always just selected it from the drop down menu of autocorrect suggestions. That seems to have worked, thanks! I'm using Microsoft IME, by the way. I'm still trying to get used to this though, I notice sometimes the correct I have to press space several times to find the suggestion I'm looking for. I guess it's just something I'll have to experiment with.


Native Japanese speakers write "六時" or "6時". Children younger than 1st grader write "六じ" or "6じ".

Probably, most Japanese don't use Hiragana to represent time because infants learn Arabic numerals before they learn Hiragana. And, clocks are written by Arabic numerals.


Oooh that makes a lot of sense. Thanks for the info!