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N5 Kanji 39: 時

Meaning of kanji 時:

In Japanese, 時 means “time”.


How to read kanji 時:

Kunyomiとき
Onyomi

How to write kanji 時:


Origin of kanji 時:

You can see a seedling and the sun here.
It takes time to let the seedling absorb the sunlight so that it can grow up, right?
So 時 stands for “time”.


Development of kanji 時:


Vocabulary containing kanji 時:

WordReadingMeaning
ときtime
時間じかんtime
何時なんじwhat time
時々ときどきsometimes
時計とけいclock
時代じだいera
当時とうじat that time
同時どうじsimultaneous
時期じきperiod
一時いちじone time
時点じてんpoint in time
時刻じこくmoment
臨時りんじextraordinary
時折ときおりsometimes
戦時せんじwar time
常時じょうじalways
今時いまどきthese days
時速じそくspeed per hour
瞬時しゅんじinstant
時効じこうprescription
即時そくじimmediate
時価じかmarket price
時空じくうspacetime
時差じさtime difference
定時ていじregular time
時事じじcurrent events
時給じきゅうhourly wage
随時ずいじat any time

Example Sentences of kanji 時:

あそびがえればべんきょうするかんることになるだろう。
More play will mean less time to study.

ほんではいえはいときくつぐ。
In Japan people take off their shoes when they enter a house.

みせは9から6までいている。
The store is open from nine to six.

ちちふゆでも6きることにしている。
My father makes it a rule to get up at six, even in winter.

「おさき失礼しつれいしま〜す」「お、なんだ、またていがりかよ」
“Bye, see you tomorrow.” “Oh, what? Leaving on the dot again?”

Note:

Q: In 時計(とけい), why is 時 read as と?
A: 時計 is alternative writing for 土圭.
時 itself has no way of reading/pronouncing as と.
You may imagine as:
とき+けい
toki + kei = tokikei → tok-kei → tokkei → tokei
This kind of phonetic change is general for Japanese. 

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