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COUNTING

 

 Guide to COUNTING IN JAPANESE

Here is a quick summary of the method of counting used by the Japanese, and a 99.9% accurate phonetic representation of the numbers in English:

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30

ichi
ni
san
shi
go
roku
shichi
hachi
ku
juu
juu- ichi
juu- ni
juu- san
juu- shi
juu- go
juu- roku
juu- shichi
juu- hachi
juu- ku
ni- juu
ni- juu- ichi
ni- juu- ni
ni- juu- san
ni- juu- shi
ni- juu- go
ni- juu - roku
ni- juu-shichi
ni- juu- hachi
ni- juu- ku
san - juu

(each)
(knee)
(sawn)
(she)
(go)
(row coo)
(sheech)
(hawch)
(coup)
(jew)
(jew each)
(jew knee)
(jew sawn)
(jew she)
(jew go)
(jew row coo)
(jew sheech)
(jew hawch)
(jew coup)
(knee jew)
(knee jew each)
(knee jew knee)
(knee jew sawn)
(knee jew she)
(knee jew go)
(knee jew row coo)
(knee jew sheech)
(knee jew hawch)
(knee jew coup)
(sawn jew)

The counting continues in this manner until 99.

(With many thanks, taken from the CSU Student Handbook, by Senseis Russ Smith, Don Rojas, Derek Nabel et al)