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

Normal Counting – Sino-Japanese

Number

Japanese Romaji

Kanji

Hiragana

Katakana

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

11 juu-ichi 十一 じゅういち ジュウイチ
12 juu-ni 十二 じゅうに ジュウニ
20 ni-juu 二十 にじゅう ニジュウ
30 san-juu 三十 さんじゅう サンジュウ
41 yon-juu-ichi 四十一 よんじゅういち ヨンジュウイチ
70 nana-juu 七十 ななじゅう ナナジュウ
99 kyuu-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

1 hitotsu 一つ ひとつ ヒトツ
2 futatsu 二つ ふたつ フタツ
3 mittsu 三つ みっつ ミッツ
4 yottsu 四つ よっつ ヨッツ
5 itsutsu 五つ いつつ イツツ
6 mutsu 六つ むっつ ムッツ
7 nanatsu 七つ ななつ ナナツ
8 yatsu 八つ やっつ ヤッツ
9 kokonotsu 九つ ここのつ ココノツ
10 too 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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