Ichi, Ni, San… (Japanese counting part I)

I thought I would be added a few posts each week to either introduce some words and concepts from the Japanese language. Learning Japanese can be a fun experience to enable you talk talk to people from Japan and also learn a little about the culture. A good place to start is learning to count. Counting in Japanese is pretty easy once you learn a few vocab words and some easy comcepts. Step one we learn 1-10:

  • (1) One – Ichi [e-chee]
  • (2) Two – Ni [knee]
  • (3) Three – San
  • (4) Four – Shi [she]
  • (5) Five – Go
  • (6) Six – Roku [row-koo]
  • (7) Seven – Shichi [she-chee]
  • (8) Eight – Hachi [ha-chee]
  • (9) Nine – Ku
  • (10) Ten – Ju

Now that we can count to ten counting to 99 is pretty easy. Japanese counting is just like math so 20 would be (2 * 10) or Ni Ju (20). Twenty three would be (2 * 10 + 3) or Ni Ju San (23). Or fifty would be (5 * 10) or Go Ju. Using this concept you can count to 99. Next counting post we can just add a few numbers and count to nine thousand and ninety nine (9999).

— Andrew

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