How to count in Japanese

Learning to count in Japanese is one of the most essential subjects that a student should devote to learning, as it will be used constantly in daily situations where you go to ask or answer about: value of something, amount of something, hours, day etc… its uses are many.

Unlike many things within the language like, Kanji, Writing, Structures etc.., it is not as difficult to learn as it seems, you should only pay attention to certain changes that occur in specific numbers, which depending on the house will change the way you read, but do not worry, it is not something very complex.


-Count from 01 to 10
-Count from 11 to 20
-Count from 100 to 900
-Count from 1,000 to 9,000
-Counters from 10,000 to 10,000,000
-Count of Things (01 to 10)
-Example Phrases

To facilitate your studies we divide the numbers into tables, which you will see just below. (Note: normally the Dash "-" is not found in the reading of the numerals in Romanji, but let's add to facilitate your understanding of how the count works)

Count from 01 to 10

01 Start counting from 01 to 10 to get used to the Japanese way of counting.

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Count from 11 to 20

See in this table what the numbers look like when combined with the decimals.

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Count from 10 to 100

Let's count the Japanese decimals from 10 to 100

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Count from 100 to 900

Now let's count the decimals from 100 to 900

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Count from 1,000 to 9,000

Ready to go on? that's good, because now we're going to learn count from 1,000 to 9,000 by the decimals. check below the table.

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Counters from 10,000 to 10,000,000

Well, let's take a little heavy and see counters from 10,000 to 10,000,000

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Counting Things; People; Time; Objects (from 01 to 10)

In this last table we will see counts of basic things and time from 01 to 10, see that it is very simple, just add the after the numeral, some numerals may have different readings, but nothing too complicated.

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Want to learn more about the most varied ways to tell things and objects in Japanese? then click the button below to see our article focused on this subject.

Example Phrases

To get a point of how important it is to learn Japanese counting, we've set up a few sample phrases for you to see how counters are used in the most varied day-to-day situations. (Note: The particles were specially marked in red and pink, to facilitate the understanding of the sentence)

だ。 Hi
tori da.

i-kai mō.
One more time.

watashi wa kare kara hyaku en karite iru.
I owe him 100 yen.

watashi wa zeikin ni ni-hyaku haratta doru.
I paid $200 in taxes.

chichikata no sobo wa hyaku-sai ni natta.
The grandmother on her father's part turned 100.

hyaku-en janakute, ōkan deshi ta.
It wasn't a 100 yen coin, it was a bottle cap.

kono heya wa sanbyaku-nin dekiru shūyō.
This room can house 300 people.

ashita no hyaku yori kyō no gojū.
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.



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As well as you've seen, learning to count is very important for communication and will be widely used in everyday life, whether talking to other people or just watching something you like in Japanese. have patience and study at your own pace, because in addition to studying to learn just be immersed in the language consuming subjects in Japanese,

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