Survival Japanese: Numbers

Survival Japanese: Numbers

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Learning to count in Japanese is as simple as “ichi, ni, san”! If you know how to say the basic numbers in Japanese you will have a much easier time doing various things in Japan such as shopping, visiting restaurants, and reserving a karaoke room! Use this handy number reference guide whenever you are in Japan.

The Basics: 1 to 10

Examples of ...
1
一 (ichi)
2
二 (ni)
3
三 (san)
4
四 (shi, yon)
5
五 (go)
6
六 (roku)
7
七 (shichi, nana)
8
八 (hachi)
9
九 (kyū)
10
十 (jū)

The Big Numbers

The Big Numbers

To say higher numbers such as 20, 30, 40, and so on, simply combine the numbers above.
For example, 20 is nijū, 二十 (2 and 10), 30 is sanjū, 三十, (3 and 10), 85 is hachi jū go, 八十五 (8 and 10 and 5), etc.
Note: 40 (四十) is always pronounced yonjū. 70 (七十) is always pronounced nanajū.

100
百 (hyaku)
300
三百 (san byaku)
600
六百 (roppyaku)
800
八百 (happyaku)
1000
千 (sen)
10,000
一万 (ichi man)
20,000
二万 (ni man)
100,000
十万 (jū man)
1 million
百万 (hyaku man)
10 million
千万 (sen man)
100 million
一億 (ichi oku)
1 trillion
一兆 (icchou)
10 trillion
十兆 (jū chou)

The same rule stated above also applies to larger numbers. The number 473 would is yon hyaku nanajū san 四百七十三 ( 4 and 100 and 70 and 3). The number 500,000 is go jū man 五十万 (5 and 10 and 10,000), and so on.

Once you get a hang of the basics of numbers in Japanese, feel free to take it to the next level. Infinity is your limit!

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.

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