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"Han" means half, as in half past the hour. Unlike English, "gozen (a.m.)" and "gogo (p.m.)" come before the time. Check out my lesson, "Counters" to learn expressions about duration. For minutes, "fun" or "pun" is used depending on the number..

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one o'clock
ichi-ji
一時

two o'clock
ni-ji
二時

three o'clock
san-ji
三時

four o'clock
yo-ji
四時

five o'clock
go-ji
五時

six o'clock
roku-ji
六時

seven o'clock
shichi-ji
七時

eight o'clock
hachi-ji
八時

nine o'clock
ku-ji
九時

ten o'clock
juu-ji
十時

eleven o'clock
juuichi-ji
十一時

twelve o'clock
juuni-ji
十二時

Useful Expressions

time
jikan
時間

minutes
fun/pun

a.m.
gozen
午前

p.m.
gogo
午後

noon
shougo
正午

What time is it?
Nan-ji desu ka.
何時ですか。

It's one o'clock.
Ichi-ji desu.
一時です。

It's 9 a.m.
Gozen ku-ji desu.
午前九時です。

It's 3:30 p.m.
Gogo san-ji han desu.
午後三時半です。

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