How to Count in Japanese – Numbers You’ll Actually Use

Normal Counting – Sino-Japanese

Number

Japanese Romaji

Kanji

Hiragana

Katakana

0rei, zeroれい、ぜろレイ、ゼロ
1ichiいちイチ
2ni
3sanさんサン
4yon, shiよん、しヨン、シ
5go
6rokuろくロク
7nana, shichiなな、しちナナ、シチ
8hachiはちハチ
9kyuu, kuきゅう、くキュウ、ク
10juuじゅうジュウ

Once you master 1-10 in Japanese, you can count up to 99.  “11” in Japanese is 十一, (じゅういち) which is “10” and “1” together; juu-ichi.  So 12 would be a “10” and “2”, which would be “juu-ni.” 20 in Japanese would be “ni-juu,” or two 10’s. In kanji, 二十(にじゅう).  55 would be “go-juu-go,” or “five 10’s and a single 5.”

 

Number

Japanese – Romaji

Kanji

Hiragana

Katakana

11juu-ichi十一じゅういちジュウイチ
12juu-ni十二じゅうにジュウニ
20ni-juu二十にじゅうニジュウ
30san-juu三十さんじゅうサンジュウ
41yon-juu-ichi四十一よんじゅういちヨンジュウイチ
70nana-juu七十ななじゅうナナジュウ
99kyuu-juu-kyuu九十九きゅうじゅうきゅうキュウジュウキュウ

 

How to Count in Japanese:  Video Lessons

These 4 videos will teach you everything you need to know to count from 1 to over 100 million.

 

Lesson 1:  Numbers 1 – 99

 

Lesson 2:  Numbers 100 – 9,999

 

Lesson 3:  Numbers 10,000 – 99,999

 

Lesson 4:  Large Numbers – 100 Million and Above

 

Japanese Counting System

These 10 numbers in Japanese are very, very useful.  Remember them and you’ll put them to good use when you are in Japan.  Used for ordering food, drinks, tickets, etc.  Chances are you’ll only need to remember numbers 1-5, unless you have a big group of friends or want to order more than 5 orders of a dish in a restaurant.

Number

Japanese – Romaji

Kanji

Hiragana

Katakana

1hitotsu一つひとつヒトツ
2futatsu二つふたつフタツ
3mittsu三つみっつミッツ
4yottsu四つよっつヨッツ
5itsutsu五ついつつイツツ
6muttsu六つむっつムッツ
7nanatsu七つななつナナツ
8yattsu八つやっつヤッツ
9kokonotsu九つここのつココノツ
10tooとおトオ

 

Japanese Counters

If you want to learn more details about Japanese counters, check out this video lesson.  It will teach you everything you need to know to start using numbers in Japanese like a pro:

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