I was chatting with my Japanese friend online when she said she has already had her lunch. It was not time for lunch yet in my country, so I was surprised to hear that. I wanted to ask, “What time is it?” in Japanese. How do I say it?


Answer by Professional Japanese Teacher
1. 今(いま)、何時(なんじ)ですか。
Ima, nanji desuka.
What time is it now?
2. 日本(にほん)は今(いま)、何時(なんじ)ですか。
Nihon wa ima nanji desuka.
What time is it in Japan?

You can use both expressions to ask, “What time is it?” By stating the place or country name in front as in the second phrase makes the question more specific.

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