Couting in Japanese.

Japanese Lanuage Lessons

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Lesson 1

Lesson 2

Lesson 3



1 ichi
2 ni
3 san
4 yon or shi
5 go
6 roku
7 nana or shichi
8 hachi
9 kyu or ku
10 ju


Sounds easy enough, right? Well, we've barely started. First, the italics 'or shi(chi)". These are usually only used when doing math or counting (but not for counting things). Confused already? There's more. Whenever you count something in Japanese, you'll need to know the correct counter (such as "a piece of paper" in english or "a galloon of milk"). In Japanese this all depends on the size, shape, and type of the item.... size shape and type.

Most Commonly Used Counters

-dai Mechanical items

-hiki Animals

-hon Cylindrical items

-mai Flat items

-nin People

-tsu Various inanimate objects (use with second number set)