Japanese Lessons 8 – Asking time in Japanese ; “What time does it start?”
Kaiwa ／ Conversation
A: Kaigi wa nan-ji ni hajimari-masu ka?
B: Etto…. 4 ji ni hajimari-masu yo.
A: 4 ji desu ne. Soshite, nan-ji ni owari-masu ka?
B: 5 ji gurai ni owari-masu yo.
A: Soo desu ka. doomo.
A: What time will the meeting start?
B: Let me see…., It will start at 4pm.
A: 4pm…. And what time will it end?
B: It will end around 5pm.
A: Okay, thank you.
■ Tango ／ vocabulary
1. hajimari-masu (~ start, ~ begin) 2. owari-masu (~ to be finished, ~ end)
3. kaigi (meeting, conference) 4. etto… ( let me see) 5. ~ ji gurai (around ~ o’clock) 6. ni (at)
■ Reibun ／ example sentences
1. Shigoto wa nan-ji ni hajimari-masu ka ? / At what time does your work stark?
2. Shigoto wa nan-ji ni owari-masu ka? / At what time does your work finish?
3. Eiga wa nan-ji ni hajimari-masu ka? / What time (or when) does the movie start?
4. Eiga wa nan-ji ni owari-masu ka? / What time (or when) does the movie finish?
■ Bunpoo ／ Grammar
※particle 「ni」 = at (time, o’clock) , on, in ; “ni” is used with time expressons such as day, month, year and clock time to indicate a specific point in time.
1. Watashi wa kesa 7 ji ni oki-mashita. / I got up at 8 this morning.
2. Gakkoo wa 8 ji ni hajimari-masu. / School starts at 8 am.
3. Gakkoo wa nan-ji ni hajimari-masu ka? / What time does the school start?
■ Renshuu ／ practice
Ika no bun o nihon-go ni yakushite kuasai. / Please translate the follwoing sentences into Japanese.
1. What time did you go to bed last night?
2. What time do you get up every day?
3. What time do you usually go to bed?
4. What time did you finish working yesterday?
■ Tango / vocabulary
1. kinoo no yoru (last night) 2. mainichi (everyday) 3. itsumo (usually) 4. kinoo (yesterday)
5. ne-masu (to go to bed, to sleep ) 6. oki-masu (to get up, to wake up) 7. shigoto (work, job)