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Japanese Word for "Now"

The Japanese word for now is ima. It's pronounced "ee-mah".

The kanji for ima is very simple:

The kanji for now--pronounced ee-mah

Here's how to write the Japanese word for now, ima, in hiragana:

Hiragana for i, pronounced ee Hiragana for ma, pronounced mah

To ask someone for the time, just say "Ima, nan-ji desu ka".

When paired up with other kanji, ima usually means "current". The kanji for ima and the Japanese word for morning together are pronounced kesa and means "this morning".

Click here to check out how to say and write more Japanese words

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