Describing a Period of Time

In this lesson, we will:

  • revise basic verbs and nouns needed to describe your daily routine,
  • practice talking about our daily routines using time phrases
  • describe a period of time using 〜から and 〜まで, and
  • produce a recount of our daily routines.

Verbs: Board Game


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Vocabulary Revision

Click here to access vocabulary for Unit 6.

Talking about Daily Routines

Graphic Representation of Grammatical Structure
Comparison with English, Chinese and Korean

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〜から 〜まで

(from ~ to ~ / 从~到~ / ~부터~까지)

〜から is a particle which means ‘from’.


〜まで is a particle used to mean ‘until’.


You may also combine the two sentences:


These particles can be used with time and place and are used instead of the usual time/place marker に.




In pairs, ask each other from and until what time they engage in the following activities.

For example:

A: ゆみさん何時から何時まであさごはんを食べますか。

B: 私ごぜん七時から七時半まであさごはんを食べます。




Choose on of the following methods to illustrate your daily routine with visual/audio and in writing. See examples.

  • Daily Routine Scheduler
  • Manga
  • Infographic Poster
  • Presentation

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  • Video

Explore Adobe Spark to create a video like the following:

  • Song

  • Letter


5 thoughts on “Describing a Period of Time

  1. locksleyu June 19, 2017 / 2:45 pm

    In your first set of slides you have ”ござん七時”, which I guess is a typo for ごぜん(午前)七時”.

    Also, one other minor point. I know there are many teaching styles of Japanese but I feel that using Kanji for times is a little weird. I guess the reason is that the students already know those basic Kanjis and you want to get them to practice them.

    But I feel that:
    Is much more common that
    In real speech.

    Anyway, good post with a lot of resources!

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    • hannysensei June 20, 2017 / 9:02 am

      Hi, I’ve noticed the typo and will be fixing it when I get some time off teaching. I do understand that the numerals are commonly used when talking about time. Although I believe in teaching authentic language, unfortunately, the course I’m teaching is targeted to prepare students for a major formal test at the end of Year 12. Regardless of my marking style or teaching beliefs, they may be marked down if they use numbers rather than kanji. I hope you understand my perspective and position. But thanks always for the feedback.

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      • locksleyu June 20, 2017 / 5:43 pm

        Sure, that makes sense. But I don’t see any reason why you can’t tell the students explicitly how your materials differ from ‘actual’ Japanese.

        As a side note, if they actually get marked down for using Kanji on the formal test you might want to debate with those involved and see if you can get that changed. At least, I would probably do that (:

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      • hannysensei June 21, 2017 / 12:21 am

        Sure. I always ensure that a lot of the classroom language is authentic and will tell them in our face-to-face lesson. Thanks.

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