How to pronounce 分?

J742129

I find several resources that 分 = minutes is pronounced either "fun" or "bun"? Which is it?

risa-rocket-japanese-tutor

Fredさん、 The pronunciation of 分D depends on the minute. It's a bit tricky as it depends on the minute. It's a bit tricky but once you remember it, it'll be easy. 一分=いっぷん 二分=にふん 三分=さんふん 四分=よんふん 五分=ごふん 六分=ろっぷん 七分=ななふん 八分=はっぷん 九分=きゅうふん 十分=じゅっぷん Or  じっぷん 十一分=じゅういっぷん 十二分=じゅうにふん Hope this helps!

J742129

Arigato gozaimashita Risa-san. That does explain it, but I realize something -- the minute uses "pun", but references on the Internet use "bun". Why is that?

risa-rocket-japanese-tutor

Fredさん、 That's because the standard reading of the kanji 分(stand alone) is ぶん。 The kanji 分 is also used to talk about fractions.  E.g. 四分の一=よんぶんのいち 1/4 Or 1 quarter

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