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i cant count.

Postby guitarplayer7694 » Sat 11.17.2007 7:42 pm

i think i have been able to get a list of the counting and numbering numbers in Japanese but if any one could maybe give me a list or something.also i have heard 4 pronounced "shi" and "yon",could anyone tell me witch is right.
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Postby chezTBH » Sat 11.17.2007 9:36 pm

They are both right, yon is said after 10 Same with 7 as Shichi & Nana
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Postby pubju » Sun 11.18.2007 7:07 pm

1- ichi
2- ni
3- san
4- yon (or shi)
5- go
6- roku
7- nana (or shichi)
8- hachi
9- kyu
10- ju

11- ju ichi
12- ju ni
13- ju san .etc

20- ni ju
21- ni ju ichi
22- ni ju ni
23- ni ju san .etc

30- san ju
31- san ju ichi
32- san ju ni
33- san ju san .etc

40- yon ju
41- yon ju ichi
42- yon ju ni
43- yon ju san .etc...

see a pattern?

e.g yon ju san = 4 10 3 (43)

its easy if you think of it like this
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Postby Mike Cash » Sun 11.18.2007 10:14 pm

He's a guitar player. He only needs to count to four anyway.
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Postby Tspoonami » Sun 11.18.2007 10:22 pm

Mike Cash wrote:
He's a guitar player. He only needs to count to four anyway.

What if someone asks him how many strings his instrument has?
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Postby tanuki » Sun 11.18.2007 10:26 pm

Who would ask that?
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Postby Tspoonami » Sun 11.18.2007 10:27 pm

tanuki wrote:
Who would ask that?

Helen Keller.
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Postby Wakannai » Sun 11.18.2007 10:33 pm

How will Helen Keller realize he has a guitar?
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Postby Simon86 » Sun 11.18.2007 10:45 pm

I think i read or heard somewhere that shi and shichi are used more commonly for 4 and 7 rather than yon and nana... I'm not sure, am i right? Or it's a more casual way of counting. Either way i surpose it doesn't really matter, that's just how it is.
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Postby richvh » Sun 11.18.2007 10:55 pm

It's the other way around. Because "shi" (4) is a homophone of "shi" (death), yon and nana are much more commonly used than shi and shichi.
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Postby pubju » Sun 11.18.2007 11:27 pm

richvh wrote:
It's the other way around. Because "shi" (4) is a homophone of "shi" (death), yon and nana are much more commonly used than shi and shichi.

Yar, this is what I was told by one of my sensei,

I was told 'shi' also means death, so its better to use 'yon'
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Postby poppop » Sun 11.18.2007 11:56 pm

one, two, three, DIE! :D
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Postby Forgetmaenot » Mon 11.19.2007 1:01 am

Wakannai wrote:
How will Helen Keller realize he has a guitar?

She will feel it.
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Postby guitarplayer7694 » Mon 11.19.2007 2:56 am

counting (ichi,ni,san...) wat about the others like 3 apples.
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Postby chikara » Mon 11.19.2007 3:00 am

What is "wat"? Is there a "t" missing ;)

Are you asking about counting or counters?
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