Let’s Count to 100 in Japanese

Let's Count to 100 in Japanese.mp3

Being able to recognize numbers and count can be extremely useful here in Japan, or in any culture for that matter, especially when you can do it in the respective country’s language.  In this edition of the Japan Guy let’s count to one-hundred in Japanese…together.  Don’t worry, I’m going to show you the basics first.  Getting the first ten numbers under your belt is more than half the battle, because after a point, the patterns just repeat themselves (just like they do in English).  Okay the first ten numbers are

1-ichi, 2-ni, 3-san, 4-shi (yon), 5-go, 6-roku, 7-shichi (nana), 8-hachi, 9-kyuu, 10-jyuu

**Please note that there can be two different words for 4(yon & shi), 7 (nana & shichi), & 9 (ku, kyu).**

Once you have these, then we move up to the double digits.  Counting in Japanese is pretty practical though, maybe even more so than English.  The number jyu means ten, right?  So for the next numbers you’ll just say 10 and the other number.  It’s kind of like saying “ten-one” which is eleven or jyu-ichi. Twelve is like saying “ten-two” which is jyu-ni.   When you get to twenty its like saying “two tens” or ni-jyu.  Stick to the pattern and you’ll do just fine,  okay?  Let’s keep going…

11-jyu ichi, 12-jyu ni, 13-jyu san, 14-jyu yon, 15-jyu go, 16-jyu roku, 17-jyu nana, 18-jyu hachi, 19-jyu kyu, 20-ni jyu

**Remember how we said there can be two words for four and seven?  That means there can also be two words for 14 and 17.  14 Jushi/Juyon and 17 Jushichi/junana.  The ones above (and below) are the forms I hear most often. This pattern repeats for all numbers.**

The twenties…

21- ni jyu ichi, 22- ni jyu ni, 23- ni jyu san, 24- ni jyu yon (ni jyu shi), 25- ni jyu go, 26- ni jyu roku, 27- ni jyu nana (ni-jyu shichi), 28- ni jyu hachi, 29- ni jyu kyu, 30- san jyu

Now for the thirties…

31- san jyu ichi, 32- san jyu ni, 33- san jyu san, 34- san jyu yon (san jyu shi), 35- san jyu go, 36- san jyu roku, 37- san jyu nana (san jyu shichi), 38- san jyu hachi, 39- san jyu ku, 40- yon jyu

Forty to fifty…

41- yon jyu ichi, 42- yon jyu ni, 43- yon jyu san, 44- yon jyu yon, 45- yon jyu go, 46- yon jyu roku, 47- yon jyu nana, 48- yon jyu hachi, 49- yon jyu kyu, 50- go jyu

**I’ve never heard anyone use shi-jyu.  Shi jyu may be incorrect Japanese, so please use yon jyu instead.**

We’re halfway there…

51- go jyu ichi, 52- go jyu ni, 53- go jyu san, 54- go jyu yon, 55- go jyu go, 56- go jyu roku, 57- go jyu nana, 58- go jyu hachi, 59 go jyu kyu, 60- roku jyu

The sixties…

61- roku jyu ichi, 62- roku jyu ni, 63- roku jyu san, 64- roku jyu yon (roku jyu shi), 65- roku jyu go, 66- roku jyu roku, 67- roku jyu nana (roku jyu shichi), 68- roku jyu hachi, 69- roku jyu kyu, 70- nana jyu

The seventies…

71-nana jyu ichi, 72-nana jyu ni, 73-nana jyu san, 74-nana jyu yon (nana jyu shi), 75- nana jyu go, 76- nana jyu roku, 77-nana jyu nana (nana jyu shichi), 78 (nana jyu hachi), 79 nana jyu kyu, 80- hachi jyu

The eighties…

81- hachi jyu ichi, 82- hachi jyu ni, 83- hachi jyu san, 84- hachi jyu yon (hachi jyu shi), 85- hachi jyu go, 86- hachi jyu roku, 87- hachi jyu nana (hachi jyu shichi), 88- hachi jyu hachi, 89- hachi jyu kyu, 90- kyu jyu

This is it!! Ninety to one-hundred…

91- kyu jyu ichi, 92- kyu jyu ni, 93- kyu jyu san, 94- kyu jyu yon (kyu jyu shi), 95- kyu jyu go, 96- kyu jyu roku, 97- kyu jyu nana (kyu jyu shichi), 98- kyu jyu hachi, 99- kyu jyu kyu, 100-hyaku



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Donald Ash is an ATLien expat who has been living in a Japanese time warp for the last six years. While in aforesaid time warp, he discovered that he absolutely loves writing, blogging, and sharing. Donald is the creator, writer, designer, editor, programmer, and occasional bad artist of thejapanguy.com blog (that's just way too many hats, dude). Wanna know more about this guy? Check out his "What's Your Story" page.
  • That’s what I call useful informations, tweeted right now..

  • ZS

    it’s harder to count very fast with those words…

  • Minami

    Cool page. (^_^) Good job!

  • Cherokee

    Hyaku makes me want to say haiku…

    • Donald Ash

      :D I would want to say hayaku (fast)

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